September 7, 2016

Buckeyes Open Big Ten Play vs. Northwestern Friday Night

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Sept. 7, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will seek its first win of the 2016 season as it opens Big Ten play against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest vs. the Wildcats follows the Ohio State women’s soccer game vs. Texas which begins at 5 p.m. ET in Columbus. 

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Friday, Sept. 9
7:30 p.m. ET – Ohio State vs. Northwestern – BTN Plus ($) / GameTracker

SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES

  • The contest vs. Northwestern is the first of three-consecutive Big Ten games for the Buckeyes.
  •  Junior forward Nate Kohl scored his first collegiate goal in the double overtime loss at Oregon State on Monday. Kohl and sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed were each named to the Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team.
  •  Three of the Buckeyes’ four losses have come in overtime. The OSU defense has limited opponents to 1.50 goals per game.
  • 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 its fourth league title in school history.
  •  The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in senior forward Danny Jensen, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 18 points (6g, 6a) a year ago. Seniors forward Christian Soldat (5g, 1a) and Yaw Amankwa (2g, 6a) return as well as Mohamed (3g, 3a), who was named to the All-Freshman squad.
  •  The Buckeyes were picked third in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
  • Senior back Austin Bergstrom was joined by Jensen and Mohamed on the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List. Bergstrom and Mohamed were also named to the Wolstein All-Tournament Team.
  •  Ohio State was ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA preseason poll.
  • The Scarlet and Gray welcomed nine new faces to preseason camp this month. The Buckeyes incoming recruiting class was ranked No. 4 by College Soccer news – the highest rated recruiting class in program history.

FIRST OF THREE BIG TEN MATCHES
The match Friday night marks the first of three-consecutive Big Ten games for the defending regular season champions. Ohio State travels to face Penn State Tuesday, Sept. 13, before hosting Rutgers Sunday, Sept. 18 in Columbus. The Buckeyes posted a 5-2-1 mark in conference play a year ago, including 3-0-1 record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State dropped its fourth-consecutive match last time out at Oregon State, falling 2-1 in double overtime on Labor Day in Corvallis, Ore. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute when Nate Kohl scored his first career goal. Junior forward Marcus McCrary sent a through ball to Kohl, who took a beautiful touch around a Beaver defender and finished with a netter between the keeper’s legs at 27:30. The Beavers leveled the contest at 1-all in the 64 minute when David Morgan had a driving run into the box and played it over Jordan Jones, who finished with a  goal into the back right of net at 63:56. Junior back Hunter Robertson had the team’s best second-half chance on a late corner kick, but his header was denied on the goal line by an Oregon State defender. The Buckeyes had a season-high 12 corners vs. the Beavers. Oregon State claimed the game-winner when Don Tichliao ran past multiple Ohio State defenders into the box and finished with an unassisted score at 100:18.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast Aug. 26 but have dropped their last three matches. Brandon Medina and Jeffrey Hopson lead the team with four points on two goals, while goalkeeper Francisco Tomasino is 1-3-0 with 12 saves and a 2.02 goals-against average. Northwestern, who returned 20 letterwinners and six starters from the 7-9-2 team in 2015, is guided by 16th-year head coach Tim Lenahan.

OHIO STATE VS. THE WILDCATS
This will be the 33rd meeting between the two schools. Last year, the Wildcats topped the Buckeyes, 2-1, Sept. 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 18-11-3.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Sept. 11, 2015 – Northwestern 2, Ohio State 1
Sept. 14, 2014 – Ohio State 2, Northwestern 0
Oct. 20, 2013 – Northwestern 0, Ohio State 0 (2OT)
Nov. 7, 2012 – Northwestern 2, Ohio State 0
Oct. 14, 2012 – Northwestern 1, Ohio State 0

WOLSTEIN CLASSIC REWIND
Ohio State went 0-2-0 in in its opening tournament of the 11th edition of the Wolstein Classic, 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 65 games with 63 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 58 starts with 54 career appearances as a defender, collecting 2,135 minutes of action a year ago, while registering three points on one goal and a pair of assists.

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.

HOME COOKING
Ohio State holds a 103-41-25 record (.692) — 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 home wins in 2015 broke the school record for home victories in a season. The team also had a nine-match home win streak, which was the second-longest stretch of consecutive wins in program history.

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. Bluem’s career record sits at 279-172-67 (.541) 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.