Covering Women in Cleats

This semester I will be covering the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team. I covered this team last season as well and have built a relationship with the SID, Head coach and players over a long period of time. This team is so dedicated, motivated and passionate about the game of soccer that it truly is a pleasure to cover them week in and week out.

The 2015 season ended in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen game against Penn State as the team went 13-7-3 and graduated just three seniors. They enter the 2016 with a slew of upperclassmen that have proven very successful careers at Ohio State: Lindsay Agnew, Morgan Wolcott, Jillian McVicker, Nikki Walts and Nichelle Prince.

The captains for 2016 are Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott, assisted by Nikki Walts.

Nichelle Prince has returned to the team after representing Team Canada in the 2016 Olympic games and is so thrilling to watch. She has quick feet and is a great goal scorer for the Buckeyes.

Morgan Wolcott spent most of 2015 benched due to injury so this is her comeback season, as very big things are expected from her.

Conference play is officially underway now in the beginning of October and the Buckeyes have faced a bit of adversity already. They began Big Ten play on the road at Wisconsin and Minnesota. In the 7th minute of the game at Minnesota, redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker suffered a season-ending injury. The Ohio State Athletic community as well as athletes from around the Big Ten have rallied together to support Jillian and her road to recovery.

Megan Geldernick has replaced McVicker for the time being, but Devon Kerr has also made her way into the rotation in goal. It’s sad to see any athlete deal with an injury, but especially someone who has given so much to a program and was halfway through her final season as a Buckeye.

The team just played an exciting game against Iowa on Sunday that featured Lindsay Agnew’s first career hat trick. They will play at home three more times and hit the road for another four games this season. They currently sit at 7-4-1 on the season.

I will continue to attend their practices, cover their games and hopefully write a feature story on Jillian McVicker’s journey battling a rare and horrible injury.

Coach Walker as well as her players are a pleasure to interview, and I am excited to continue to build upon my relationships I have worked so hard to establish with this team.

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