September 30, 2016

Buckeyes Battle No. 25 Michigan State Sunday on BTN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to face No. 25 Michigan State at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (3-7, 2-1 B1G) and Spartans (6-2, 2-1 B1G) are tied for second place in the Big Ten standings along with Wisconsin (2-1) and Penn State (2-1). The Terrapins stand alone in first place (3-0-1) with 10 points heading into the first weekend of October.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
The match Sunday will be televised live on BTN. Dan Kelly (play-by-play) and Paul Tenerio (analysis) will have the the call. Fans can also watch the match vs. the Spartans on btn2go.com or on their BTN2Go app on mobile devices. Twitter updates also will be available from @OhioState_MSOC.

Match updates on Twitter: @OhioState_MSOC
Sunday, Oct. 2 
2 p.m. ET – No. 25 Michigan State vs. Ohio State – BTN / BTN2Go / GameTracker

PDF: Ohio State Notes 

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped a 3-2 match against SIUE Edwardsville on a rainy Wednesday night in Columbus. The loss snapped a three-game home win streak. Seniors Danny Jensen and Austin Bergstrom each scored goals, while sophomore Alex Nichols made his first collegiate start.

SETTING THE STAGE

  •  The Buckeyes have won three of their last four matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
  •  Last time out, Ohio State fell to SIUE, 3-2, Wednesday night in Columbus. Danny Jensen and Austin Bergstrom each netted goals vs. the Cougars. Alex Nichols also made his first collegiate start.
  •  Michigan State leads the all-time series, 23-19-3. Ohio State is 2-2-1 in the last five meetings vs. the Spartans.
  •  The Scarlet and Gray are 12-6-1 all-time in Columbus against the Green and White
  •  The Buckeyes will face four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 in the next five matches.
  •  Danny Jensen was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after recording seven points with a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Valparaiso Sept. 21.
  •  Jensen has scored four goals in the last three matches, while Abdi Mohamed has registered six points in the last four games.
  • The Buckeyes were picked third in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
  • Bergstrom, Jensen and Mohamed on the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List.
  • Ohio State returns seven starters from the 2015 squad that won the Big Ten regular season championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The 2015 Buckeyes began the season 1-4 before going on the run to their fourth league title in school history.

HOME, SWEET HOME

  • Ohio State holds a 106-42-25 record (.685) — 10-2-2 last season – in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last four seasons. The 10 wins in 2015 broke the school record for home victories in a season.
  • Danny Jensen has scored 14 of his 19 career goals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
  •  The Buckeyes have outscored opponents, 60-32, on their home field since the start of the 2013 campaign.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE

  • The Spartans travel to Columbus after winning, 1-0, over Bowling Green Wednesday at DeMartin Stadium.
  • Ryan Sierakowski scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute in the victory. He leads the squad with seven points on three goals and one assist. The Spartans have allowed just six goals on the season.
  • Goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is 6-2 with a .846 save percentage and four shutouts.

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE  

  •  Michigan State leads the all-time series, 23-19-3. Ohio State is 2-2-1 in the last five meetings vs. the Spartans.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 12-6-1 all-time in Columbus against the Green and White.
  • Last year, Ohio State won, 2-1, in East Lansing. Marcus McCrary and Danny Jensen each netted goals.

SOME MORE NOTES

  •  The Buckeyes are 3-3 at home and 0-4 on the road this year. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 10-7, in the six home matches, but OSU opponents have outscored the Scarlet and Gray, 10-3, in four road contests.
  •  Five different players have scored at least one goal for the Buckeye this season to date. Danny Jensen has scored four goals to lead the team. Nate Kohl and Austin Bergstrom have netted three goals followed by Abdi Mohamed with two goals.
  •  Parker Siegfried has played all 930 minutes in goal this season to date. He has 28 saves, one shutout and a goals-against average of 1.50.
  •  Bergstrom has played in all 930 minutes in the OSU backline followed by Niall Logue with 926 minutes of action.
  • Ohio State is 3-0-0 when scoring three or more goals this season and 2-1 when leading at halftime.

IN THE BIG TEN

  •  Ohio State is tied for third in the league with 13 goals and fourth in the Big Ten with 11 assists.
  •  Danny Jensen is tied for second in the conference with four goals. Austin Bergstrom and Nate Kohl are tied for sixth with three goals. Jensen is tied for third in the league with three assists. Jensen is tied for second in the Big Ten with 11 points this season.
  •  Abdi Mohamed has scored both goals this season in league play.

JENSEN’S HAT TRICK
Danny Jensen became the first Buckeye in four years to collect a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Valparaiso Sept. 21. He is the first Buckeye to record three goals in one game since Austin McAnena scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Butler during the 2012 season. Jensen also became the first Buckeye to score seven points in one game in recent history (since 2001). He scored two goals in the opening half vs. the Crusaders before striking a third goal in the 50th minute. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career this past Tuesday.

JENSEN CLIMBING CAREER SCORING LISTS
Danny Jensen is eighth on the OSU career points list (51) and needs four points to tie former Buckeye Alan Lekan (1980, 82-83) for seventh. With his goal vs. SIUE, Jensen moved to sole possession of ninth for career goals, passing former Buckeye Chris Hegngi (2009-12). A goal vs. the Spartans would move Jensen for a tie for eighth with Tom Korb (1977-1980) with 20 career goals. He is tied for tenth on the OSU career assists list with Geoff Marsh (2005-08) with 13 helpers.

EXPERIENCED BACK LINE
Three of the Buckeyes’ four backs have combined to start in 178 career matches. Senior co-captain Tyler Kidwell leads all active Buckeyes with 64 career nods followed by senior co-captain Austin Bergstrom (60) and junior Hunter Robertson (55). Bergstrom led all Buckeyes with 2,135 minutes played in 2015. Robertson, from Westerville, Ohio, has not missed a start since joining the team in 2014. Kidwell has missed the past four matches due to injury, but played in 12 minutes in the contest vs. Cougars Wednesday night.

15TH-ANNUAL CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL MATCH
For 15 years, the Connor Senn Memorial Game has helped raise awareness for the fight against sudden cardiac arrest. On Sept. 21, the Ohio State men’s soccer team took on Valparaiso at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium presented a check for $15,000 to be donated to the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. On Sept. 26, 2001, Connor Senn, a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during the Buckeyes’ game at Akron and died that evening from a congenital heart defect, a condition virtually undetectable a decade ago. The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was quickly established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team, with it expanding over the last decade to subsidize a fully-endowed scholarship at Ohio State and now to begin an educational symposium on sudden cardiac arrest.

MOHAMED’S GOAL RECOGNIZED BY TOP DRAWER SOCCER
Abdi Mohamed’s free kick goal vs. Rutgers Sept. 18 was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s College Goal of the Week list last week. The sophomore midfielder struck a shot from 25 yards out and curled it into the top left of goal for an insurance score for the Buckeyes midway through the second half vs. the Scarlet Knights. It marked the second straight game Mohamed scored off a free kick from distance after scoring his first goal of the year at Penn State Sept. 13.

OHIO STATE AND RUTGERS TEAM UP AT KIDS KICKING CANCER
The Ohio State and Rutgers men’s soccer teams took part in the Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer Sept. 18 at the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The program encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Members of the team took part with the participants by help running the skills session.

WIN ON B1G OPENING NIGHT
The Buckeyes won their first game of the season in a 1-0 win over Northwestern Sept. 9 in Columbus. After a scoreless first-half, senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick scored in the 50th minute for the eventual game-winner, while redshirt freshman Parker Siegfried tallied his first collegiate shutout. The Buckeyes improved to 14-6 all-time in Big Ten openers under head coach John Bluem.

FITZPATRICK, KOHL SCORE FIRST BUCKEYE GOALS
In his fourth appearance as a Buckeye, Ben Fitzpatrick scored his first career game-winner in the second half of the 1-0 win over Northwestern Sept. 9. Nate Kohl, a junior transfer from Michigan, scored his first collegiate goal in a double overtime loss at Oregon State Sept. 5 in Corvallis, Ore.

SIEGFRIED EARNS B1G DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Parker Siegfried made two saves and denied Northwestern on several opportunities throughout the entire 90 minutes of play to claim his first collegiate shutout and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 13. Siegfried became the first Buckeye redshirt freshman to earn a shutout since Matt Lampson registered nine clean slates during his Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year campaign.

NIKE CLASSIC INVITATIONAL RECAP
Ohio State fell in two games at the Nike Classic Invitational over Labor Day weekend in Oregon. The Buckeyes fell, 2-0, at Portland before dropping a 2-1 double overtime loss at Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Nate Kohl scored his first career goal in the loss vs. the Beavers. Kohl and sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed were each named to the All-Tournament team.

WOLSTEIN CLASSIC REWIND
Ohio State went 0-2-0 in in its opening tournament of the 11th edition of the Wolstein Classic Aug. 26-28, dropping two matches in extra time against Virginia Tech and No. 13 UCSB. Virginia Tech won the tournament with a 2-0-0 mark. Senior defender Austin Bergstrom and sophomore Abdi Mohamed were each named to the All-Tournament Team.

KIDWELL, BERGSTROM NAMED CAPTAINS
Senior defenders Tyler Kidwell and Austin Bergstrom were each named captains, head coach John Bluem announced this week. Kidwell, from Dublin, Ohio, is a two-time captain and has appeared in 66 games with 64 career starts in the OSU backline. Kidwell has put together back-to-back season of 2,000 minutes on the field and is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. Bergstrom, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a first time captain after walking on the team back in 2013. He has made 60 starts with 64 career appearances.  

THE NEWCOMERS
Head Coach John Bluem and his staff welcomed nine new faces to its 2016 roster – Andrew Lombard, Brady Blackwell, Niall Logue, Ben Fitzpatrick, Leo Kossaka, Jack Holland, Michael Dichlian, Matt Appel and Brennon Davis. After sitting out last year due to transfer rules, Nate Kohl also is ready to make an impact in the Buckeye lineup.

FREE FOR ALL
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 10 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 9 against Northwestern. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will make at least two appearances on BTN this season. Eleven additional regular season games will be streamed online through BTN Plus with one remaining home game on BuckeyeVision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes host Michigan State Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. live on BTN. The squad also will appear on BTN at Maryland Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The semifinals and final of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 11-13 also will be shown live on BTN.

THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach John Bluem. The 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bluem has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-01-04-05-07-08-09-10-14-15), four Big Ten championships (2000-07-09-15) and a College Cup Final in 2007. He has collected a 196-143-56 record at Ohio State and 59-46-12 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. Bluem’s career record sits at 282-175-68 (.602) and has claimed four conference coach of the year awards (most by an active B1G coach). He is assisted by third-year assistant coach Ian Gordona, who has been named one of the top assistant coaches in the country the last two years by College Soccer News. Gordona also is the recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet and Gray. Joining the staff this past summer was assistant coach Adam Perron, who will be coaching the Buckeye goalkeepers this fall.

TOUGH ROAD TEST NEXT
Ohio State will travel to face No. 1 Maryland at 7 p.m. ET Oct. 7 live on BTN in College Park, Md.