The World Cup, both men’s and women’s, is a delight every time it rolls around, even for me, an extremely passive and unaware soccer watcher. In case you’ve missed it, the Women’s World Cup is upon us, with the first game (France vs. South Korea) kicking off earlier today. France won that contest, 4-0.
If you’re looking for rooting interests as you watch, outside of the excellent USWNT, there are three Buckeyes representing Ohio State in this year’s cup: Lindsay Agnew and Nichelle Prince for Canada, and Tiffany Cameron for Jamaica.
Agnew and Prince were both huge parts of Ohio State’s 2016 team, and Cameron is, arguably, the best player in school history. She’s Ohio State’s all-time leading goal scorer.
If you’re trying to catch one of their group stage games, here’s the schedule:
6/9 vs. Brazil at 9:30 a.m. ET (FS1)
6/14 vs. Italy at 12 p.m. ET (Fox)
6/18 vs. Australia at 3 p.m. ET (FS2)
6/10 vs. Cameroon at 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/15 vs. New Zealand at 3 p.m. ET (FS2)
6/20 vs. Netherlands at 12 p.m. ET (Fox)
I was a bit surprised today when I saw this news piece come across my desk. Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, despite plenty of struggles, has received a three year contract extension, per Ohio State:
“The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract extension for head baseball coach Greg Beals that will keep him in the dugout as head coach of the Buckeyes four more seasons and at least through the 2023 baseball season.”
This feels a little reactionary, to me. Yes, Ohio State made the tournament after winning the Big Ten, but that was after a largely disappointing regular season. In his nine years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are slightly over .500, and while they had an excellent regular season in 2016, and made the tournament this season, they’ve never really been able to take advantage in the postseason.
Beals is a solid coach. Is he so good that Ohio State has to extend him through 2023? Right now? I’m not so convinced.
Buckeyes have a new women’s lacrosse coach
From one coaching move that I don’t really like, to a move that I adore, Ohio State has hired Amy Bokker to coach the women’s lacrosse team. Bokker has spent the last 11 years at Stanford, and there she’s put together one of the most consistent programs in the country. Her teams have won at least 14 games in eight of her 11 years, and the Cardinal made eight NCAA tournaments, while winning their conference six times.
Ohio State, for comparison, hasn’t won 14 games in a single season going back to 2010. and has won 13 just twice. Bokker is a program builder, and consistent winner, and that’s exactly what a stagnating Buckeye program needs. She may not win a title at Ohio State, but if the Buckeyes want to compete in the Big Ten and make the NCAA tournament, Bokker is a tremendous hire.