Oct. 20, 1999
The Buckeyes (10-4 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) travel to Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday, October 24 to face the current No. 1 and the 1998 NCAA Champion Indiana, (11-2-0, 4-0-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Best Win in Program History
The Buckeyes 1-0 victory against No. 4 Penn State last Sunday (10/17/99) is the biggest win in OSU men’s soccer history. The win gives the Buckeyes its first national ranking in OSU men’s soccer history. Previously, the highest rank team OSU had beaten was No. 8 St. John’s in 1983. The Buckeyes are ranked 19th in the country by Soccer America. OSU also received votes in another national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The NSCAA also releases a poll ranking schools by region. OSU is part of the Great Lakes region . For the first time ever in OSU men’s soccer history the Buckeyes are ranked third behind No. 1 Indiana and No. 2 Akron. Cincinnati, Marquette, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Oakland, Notre Dame, and Michigan State are a part of this region.
Big Ten Player of the Week
For the second time this season an OSU player has been named Big Ten Player of the week. Senior Peterson Jerome (Spring Valley, N.Y.) was named this week’s Big Ten Player of the week after his game-winning goal against Penn State last Sunday. Jerome has tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 points. He has scored four goals against Big Ten opponents, the most on the team, and is tied for second on the team in points. Junior Brooks Humphreys (Spring, Texas) was named Big Ten Player of the Week on September 28, 1999.
OSU has held their opponents scoreless six times this season, ranking goalkeeper Kerry Thompson (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) third on the all-time OSU shutout record. The record of 11 shutouts in a season was set back in 1986 by Dave Scheer. Thompson surpasses 1998 goalkeeper, Jon Lowery who had five shutouts.
Scouting the Hoosiers
Once again the 1998 NCAA national champions and Big Ten champions are on a roll. The No. 1 Hoosiers are 11-2-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the Big Ten. The team returns seven starters from last year. Aleksey Koral, 1998 NCAA final four offensive MVP, leads the team with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. Junior Matt Fundenberger is second with seven goals, four assists, totaling 18 points. The goalkeeping situation has been been a split job between junior T.J. Hannig and freshman Doug Warren. Hannig has started six games and played the majority of the minutes, posting a 0.58 GAA. Warren has played 10 games and started four, posting a 0.33 GAA. The Hoosiers have lost just two matches this season to St. Louis, 1-0, and Yale, 1-2. The IU offense has out scored its opponents, 32-6. IU is known for its large home game crowds, averaging 2,402 per game. Head coach Jerry Yeagley is well known around the soccer community as the winningest active Division I men’s soccer coach with a career record of 457-80-37. He has led the program for 26 years and developed IU into a premier program.
All-Time vs. Opponent
Indiana leads the all time series record 34-1-0. The last time the two teams met on October 25,1998 Indiana won in overtime, 1-0.
OSU traveled to Cleveland Wednesday (October 13) and dropped Cleveland State, 6-0, at Kenzler Field. OSU scored all six of its goals in the second half of play.
OSU and the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten, behind Indiana. OSU ranks first in overall points with 112, scoring the most in the Big Ten. Closest behind is Indiana with 93 points. OSU has more players in the top scoring statistics than any other team in the Big Ten. John Tomaino (Palatine, Ill.) is third in overall points with 19, six goals and seven assists. Humphreys and Jerome are tied at fourth with 18 points each. Brian Feldhaus (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) is seventh with 17 points. Humphreys leads the Big Ten in assists with eight followed by Tomaino with seven. Goalkeeper, Thompson has six shutouts, the most of any Big Ten goalkeeper.
Four Fab Freshmen
The Buckeyes have been blessed this season with a tremendous freshmen class who have made an immediate impact. Tomaino leads the team and class with 19 points. Josh Rathweg (Fr., Spring, Texas) is second among the freshmen with three goals and three assists. Tony Earp (Fr., Plantation, Fla.) has started each game in his first year as a Buckeye and has contributed two goals and two assists. Todd Grossnickle (Fr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) has seen action in every game and assisted on one goal.
As of 10/19
Rank Team Record 1. Indiana 11-2-0 2. UCLA 11-1-0 3. St. Louis 12-1-1 4. San Diego 11-1-0 5. SW Missouri 12-0-1 6. Maryland 10-3-0 7. Duke 7-0-3 8. Furman 11-1-1 9. Wake Forest 9-0-4 10. Rutgers 8-3-3 11. Penn State 11-2-0 12. Creighton 8-2-1 13. Jacksonville 11-1-1 14. Connecticut 9-4-0 15. California 10-2-2 16. Santa Clara 11-2-0 17. UMBC 13-0-1 18. SMU 8-3-0 19. Ohio State 10-4-0 20. St. John’s 8-2-3