Aug. 31, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 Big Ten champion and NCAA Runner-Up team as part of Alumni Weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes wil be recognized at halftime of the home match vs. Lehigh. First kick begins at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Click above to take a look back at that historical season.
A Season of Firsts and Milestones
Aug. 31 – Ohio State beats No. 13 West Virginia, 1-0, in the first live game broadcast of the Big Ten Network.
Sept. 9 – Ohio State beats William & Mary, 5-0, for the Buckeyes’ biggest margin of victory since 1999.
Sept. 16 – The win against Cal State Fullerton in Los Angeles was Ohio State’s first win on the West Coast in nine games all-time since the Buckeye first went to the West Coast in 1989.
Oct. 21 – Ohio State shuts out Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., for the first time in program history. It marked only the second time the Buckeyes had shut out the Hoosiers overall in 47 all-time meetings.
Nov. 4 – With the win at Michigan State, Ohio State sets the program record for unbeaten streak at eight-consecutive matches. The Buckeyes would extend that to 15 before their next loss.
Nov. 4 – The seven-member Ohio State senior class becomes the all-time winningest class in program history. The OSU seniors would end their four-year careers with a record of 51-26-12.
Nov. 9 – The win against Northwestern was the 200th career win for head coach John Bluem.
Nov. 11 – The shootout win over Indiana gave Ohio State its second Big Ten championship (2000).
Nov. 11- The result against Indiana in the Big Ten championship game is recorded as a 0-0 tie, giving the Buckeyes their second shutout of the Hoosiers this season.
Nov. 19 – In its fifth NCAA tournament appearance, Ohio State received its first Top 16 seed (No. 5).
Nov. 28 – Ohio State hosts a second-round NCAA tournament game for the first time in program history.
Dec. 2 – Ohio State plays its first game in December in program history.
Dec. 2 – Ohio State hosts an NCAA Sweet 16’ game for the first time in program history.
Dec. 9 – Ohio State makes its first appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight.’
Dec. 9 – With the win over Bradley, the Buckeyes set the school record for home winning percentage in a season at .850 (8-1-1).
Dec. 14 – Ohio State makes its first appearance in the NCAA College Cup.
Dec. 14 – In the 1-0 win over Massachusetts, the Buckeyes played in front of 8,611 fans the largest crowd in program history.
Dec. 15 – Ohio State is honored with its first two first-team All-Americans in program history.
Dec. 16 – Ohio State makes its first appearance in the NCAA national championship game.
Dec. 17 – A school-record three Buckeyes are chosen for the MLS combine.
School Records Set
The following school team records were set or tied in 2007:
– Most wins 17. Previous record was 12 set three times.
– Most ties 5 (tied). Previously set in 1973.
– Most overtime games 8 (tied). Previously set twice.
– Most shots attempted 428. Previous record was 399 set in 1987.
– Most shots allowed 325. Previous record was 307 set in 1982.
– Most matches played 26. Previous record was 22 set in 1987.
– Unbeaten streak 15 (12-0-3). Previous record was seven set three times.
– Most shutouts 15. Previous record was 11 set twice.
– Consecutive shutouts 5. Previous record was 4 set twice.
– Most assists in a game 11 (tied). Previously set at Wisconsin in 1999.
The following school individual records were set in 2007:
– Career assists: Xavier Balc, 35. Previous record was 17 set three times. Note: Balc owns the assists record before the season began.
– Career shots: Xavier Balc, 261. Previous record was 191 by Justin Cook (2000-04).
– Career shutouts: Casey Latchem, 27. Previous record was 23.5 by Kerry Thompson (1997-2001).
– Career goals against average: Casey Latchem, 0.87. Previous record was 0.92 by Kerry Thompson and Chad Brown (2001-02).
– Season assists: Xavier Balc, 14. Previous record was 10 by Brooks Humphreys (1999).
– Season shots: Xavier Balc, 87. Previous record was 75 by Xavier Balc in 2006.
– Season shutouts: Casey Latchem, 15. Previous record was 11 by Dave Scheer in 1986.
– Assists in a game: Xavier Balc, 4 vs. Cal State Fullerton. Previous record was 3 by John Tomaino at Wisconsin in 1999.
Postseason Honors and Awards
Nov. 8 – Big Ten Player of the Year: Xavier Balc
Nov. 8 – All-Big Ten honors: First-team: Xavier Balc, Eric Brunner, Roger Espinoza; Second-team: Danny Irizarry; All-freshman team: Matt Gold; Sportsmanship Award: Geoff Marsh
Nov. 11 – Big Ten Championship Most Valuable Offensive Player: Xavier Balc
Nov. 11 – Big Ten Championship Most Valuable Defensive Player: Casey Latchem
Nov. 27 – Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season: Xavier Balc (Player of the Season), Casey Latchem (first-team), Eric Brunner (third-team)
Dec. 5 – Academic All-Big Ten: Eric Edwards, Tim Gabel, Casey Latchem, Scott Marguglio, Geoff Marsh, Joe Moore, Byron Neal, Kyle Retzlaff, Patrick Roan, Doug Verhoff
Dec. 10 – NSCAA All-Region: Xavier Balc (first-team), Eric Brunner (first-team), Roger Espinoza (second-team)
Dec. 15 -NSCAA First-Team All-American: Xavier Balc and Eric Brunner