COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team celebrated the 2010 season and handed out team awards at its banquet last weekend in the Varsity O Room in Ohio Stadium. Konrad Warzycha and Matt Lampson headlined the list of winners as the co-Most Valuable Players, voted on by players and coaches, after the duo led the Buckeyes to a final national ranking of No. 17, as well as a second-place finish in the Big Ten and a fourth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Warzycha, a recent draft pick by Sporting KC, led the Buckeyes in scoring with eight goals in his senior season, including four on penalty kicks and five that stood as game-winners. He started 57 of 75 career games and finished with 13 career goals and nine assists.
On the other side of the pitch, Lampson ranked first among conference keepers and in the Top 10 nationwide with a 0.72 goals-against average, a .858 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He played every minute of the 2010 season between the pipes, finishing in the Top 3 in the OSU single-season record books in GAA and shutouts, while holding down third-place all-time in career clean sheets with 19 through two seasons.
The Coaches Award was given to Sam Scales, a four-year contributor at Ohio State and recent Sporting KC draft pick, who started all but one game from his sophomore through senior seasons. In 2010, he tallied two goals and four assists to bring his career totals to five goals and 15 assists, a mark that stands seventh all-time in the OSU record books for career assists. As a junior, Scales led the team in points (11) and assists (7).
Matt Gold, who was recently drafted by Toronto FC, earned both the Teri Casperson Academic Award and the Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award. A mechanical engineering major, Gold was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection during his illustrious career, while his second-consecutive team inspirational award further exemplifies his tireless dedication to the program and its success. Gold started in 80 of 82 career games and contributed three goals and six assists over the course of his career. He was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree as a senior, following a first-team selection in the previous season. The award’s namesake, Linda Daniel, was a former athletic trainer at the university who passed away from cancer.
Though all three seniors missed the banquet because of Major League Soccer training camps, the group was honored for their four years in a Buckeye uniform. Gold, Scales and Warzycha make up the only class to participate in the NCAA Tournament all four years and finished as the second-winningest senior class in program history. This trio of midfielders was a part of 50 career wins after starting their careers with a trip to the national championship game as freshmen and going on to capture Big Ten tournament titles in two of the last three years and the first outright regular-season title in 2009.
Ryan Lee rounded out the list of the night’s award winners with the Most Improved Player nod. After seeing limited action in 15 games a year ago, the sophomore midfielder made nine starts in the final 11 games of the season and took the field in 20 total contests. He scored the team’s lone goal at Penn State Oct. 23 for his first collegiate tally.
BUCKEYE AWARD WINNERS
Linda Daniel Most Inspirational – Matt Gold
Teri Casperson Academic – Matt Gold
Most Improved Player – Ryan Lee
Coaches Award – Sam Scales
Co-Most Valuable Player Award – Konrad Warzycha and Matt Lampson
Four-year Seniors and Captains – Matt Gold, Sam Scales and Konrad Warzycha