Columbus, Ohio – One of the strengths of the Ohio State team will be the talented defense unit.

Buckeyes return a pair of starters to the senior backline Talani Barnet and second sydney jones. Graduate Maddy Lowe also brings a presence of veterans, as does the transfer of graduates Olivia Sensky. The rest of the group is made up of potential stars.

Barnett has been a mainstay in the Buckeye backline for four seasons. She appeared in 69 games, which is the most of any player on the team. She has a pair of goals and three assists in her career. Jones started all 20 games last season and was named to the Big Ten freshman team. She was also invited to the USA U20 training camp this summer.

Lowe played 50 games over three seasons, but missed last year with a knee injury in preseason. Sensky has played the past four seasons at Ohio and hasn’t missed a game the past three seasons. She earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2021 and was part of 24 shutouts and 34 wins during her four years as a Bobcat.

Redshirt-Sophomore Nina Le Flore also suffered a season-ending injury in pre-season last year but has recovered well and appears to be back in form. Junior Caitlin Foley played in eight games last fall in his first season as a Buckeye, getting the starting green light in Big Ten and NCAA Tournament games.

The defensive newcomers will all have an impact this season. Mirann Gacioch was a star of Western New York Flash Academy and his speed on the outside will make him a threat. Brooke Otto hails from Centerburg, Ohio and was one of the best ECNL players for Ohio Premier. She defends well in the center of the field and already has a spring under her belt as she joined the program in January 2022. Sophia stronger is a versatile guard from Liberty Township, Ohio. She has the ability to play in multiple positions and will give Walker-Hock significant versatility down the backline.

Assistant Coach Gavin MacLeod’s thoughts on defenders

Talani Barnet
Talani is one of the most talented centre-backs in the country and will return to charge the team this season. All-Big Ten defender Talani is a threat on both sides of the ball. She has the ability to read the game and break through opposition attacks, as well as the vision and technical attributes to unleash the Buckeye attack. After a 2021 campaign where she played all but 4 minutes of the season, Talani is set to play a vital role in her final season as Buckeye.

sydney jones
After a stellar freshman season that saw her named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and the U.S. Women’s National U20 Team, Sydney will be looking to continue her impressive form in Year Two. An outside back who poses a great attacking threat paired with impressive defensive instincts; Sydney showed his versatility with outstanding performances as a centre-back last season. Now with a year of experience, the Cincinnati, Ohio native looks set to be a great player for the Buckeyes in the upcoming season.

Maddy Lowe
A true all-rounder, Maddy has shone in many different positions during her Buckeye career. She looks set to continue to be the glue of Ohio State’s defensive unit after an impressive season in the spring of 2021. With a tremendous ability to organize those around her, in addition to her quality on the ball, her demand for high standards and her experience at this level, Maddy will be a great role model for our young players as she pushes herself and her peers to new heights this fall.

Olivia Sensky
Transferred to Ohio State for the fall of 2022, the local player will add tremendous depth and experience to Ohio State’s defense. After a stellar career at Ohio University, the All-MAC First-Team and All-Midwest Region First-Team selection, will use her final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes as she begins her college degree. graduate studies. Olivia has a terrific presence on the pitch, communicates very well, is always in top physical shape and has a tenacity in her defense that could see her make an immediate impact this fall.

Nina Le Flore
One of the most beloved members of the Ohio State team, Nina brings fantastic vision and energy to everything she does. With her blistering pace, strength and competitive spirit, Nina thrives in 1-on-1 situations and uses her physical condition to be a dangerous weapon in times of transition. Putting an unfortunate injury behind her, Nina is now ready to step into the role and make a positive impact on the team in the 2022 season.

Caitlin Foley
The Springfield, Ohio native is a versatile player capable of playing anywhere along the back line as well as in midfield. Possessing an extremely competitive nature and a willingness to do whatever it takes to win, Caitlin has shown the ability to battle with some of the best offensive players in the Big Ten. After being traded for the 2021 season, Caitlin was ready when called upon and will continue to contribute to the Buckeyes’ success on and off the court.

Mirann Gaccioch
Continuing Ohio State’s history with the best players in the Western New York Flash ECNL club, Mirann arrives in the Big Ten ready to compete with and against some of the best players in the country. With unlimited energy from the outside, Mirann can support the attack while maintaining his position in the defensive line. Her strength and speed will make her a very tough match at the start of the new season.

Brooke Otto
Another local player in the area, Brooke stood out during her club career with Ohio Premier in the ECNL. Her elite fitness level and exceptional technical abilities are only surpassed by her desire to compete and push herself to be the best she can be. Comfortable with both feet, Brooke has shown the ability to be dangerous in possession and from set pieces. She is another player with great versatility as she can defend central areas of the pitch and is also capable of stopping 1v1 players in wide areas as well.

Sophia stronger
Coming from further afield in Liberty Township, Ohio and from the Cincinnati United Premier club, Sophia will add to the strength of Ohio State’s defensive core. Sophia relishes the times when the game is on the line and the pressure is on. With a mix of physique, fitness and technical acumen, Sophia will be ready to contribute to several positions for the Buckeyes as a rookie.

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