After ending its last game in a double-overtime draw in Austin, Texas, the Ohio State women’s soccer team hopes to be a little more physical and energized this week.
“Our trip down to Texas wasn’t just about not finding the net, it’s about physically recovering,” coach Lori Walker said. “The field temperature was about 104 degrees and plus flying, it dehydrates you, so we’ve really gone light these two days and (are) just trying to get our legs back.”
The Buckeyes are 3-0-1 thus far in 2015 and are set to play host to Florida International on Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Walker described how she approached training with her team this week in order to prepare for Thursday’s match.
“We’ve done a lot of things in front of goal. Lots of repetition and just trying to help be critical and nitpicking but also try to build some confidence,” she said.
Even though the Scarlet and Gray are currently undefeated, Walker still thinks her team has room to improve.
“It’s just better decision-making in the box,” she said about what the Buckeyes could improve upon. “We’re getting to great places, we have good numbers, we get down to the byline and we’re serving a near-post ball when it has to go to the top of the 18 or it needs to go to the far post, so just improving that decision-making.”
The Buckeyes are set to look to continue their hot start when they take on Florida International at 7:30 p.m.
Following that game, the Buckeyes will have eight days to prepare for West Virginia’s arrival in Columbus on Sept. 11.