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Oct. 8, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio- The Buckeyes will look to win six games in a row for the first time since 1999 when they play host to the Louisville Cardinals at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team extended its win streak to five Sunday when it defeated conference rival Michigan State, 3-1, in Columbus.

Brown Receives Big Ten Honor
Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Chad Brown has been selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the Big Ten announced Monday. Brown recorded four saves and smothered several Michigan State scoring opportunities in a 3-1 win over the Spartans Sunday. Brown is the third Buckeye to receive the honor this season.

Brown, 6-3-0 on the season, now has 20 saves to go with four shutouts on the year. He has allowed just one goal in his last four games.

“Chad has really stepped up his play of late and is becoming more and more confident with each game,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. “This is the third straight game he has started and came away with the win. If he continues to improve and play the way he has we are going to be a difficult team to beat. We are very pleased he is being honored for his performance.”

The Matchup
The Louisville Cardinals come into Columbus with a 2-8-1 record on the season thus far and a 0-2 mark in Conference USA.

Leading the Cardinals in scoring through 11 games is freshman Jelani Grant. Grant currently has seven points (3 G, 1 A). Also in the scoring mix has been Fernando Tolomelli, a junior forward who has notched two goals and two assists on the year. Tolomelli’s twin brother, Felipe, also plays for the team.

Several players for Louisville have shared time in net. Junior David Gisler has spent the most time in net, starting nine games (2-5-1), while sophomore Brian Schoenbein (0-0-0) and freshman Brad Sokolowski (0-3-0) each have seen time as well.

Cardinals Last Time Out
Louisville dropped a tough match on the road to the East Carolina Pirates Sunday, 3-2. Louisville scored twice in the first 19 minutes of play, taking a comfortable 2-0 lead. Though, the Cardinals could not hold on. The Pirate attack scored in the 33rd, 78th and 83rd minutes to win the game. The Cardinals are now 0-6-1 in their last seven matches and have not recorded a victory since Sept. 8.

The Series
Wednesday will mark the seventh meeting all-time between Ohio State and Louisville. The overall series between the two schools is split at 3-3. The two teams last locked up in Louisville in 1994, where the Buckeyes emerged victorious, 1-0.

Louisville Head Coach Tony Colavecchia
Tony Colavecchia, now in his seventh season at the helm of the Cardinals, has turned the school’s program around, guiding the team in 1999 to its first winning season in 13 years. Colavecchia has compiled a 52-70-8 record overall at Louisville. Prior to coming to Louisville, Colavecchia served as head coach of Southern Indiana, where he led the Eagles during their move from a Division II program to Division I. Overall, he posted a 97-59-12 mark at Southern Indiana.

Chasing History
The Buckeyes’ five-game winning streak is the longest since 1999 when the Buckeyes won six in a row. Should the team defeat Louisville Wednesday, Ohio State will travel to State College, Pa. Sunday to take on Penn State in an attempt to win its seventh game in a row. A seventh-consecutive win would mark the team’s longest winning streak since the Buckeyes began the season 7-0 in 1977. The Buckeyes have never won eight games in a row.

Set The Mark
Head coach John Bluem and the men’s soccer team would like to invite all fans, friends and family to attend the Sunday Oct. 20 match at home against No. 4 Indiana and set a new Big Ten attendance mark. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. The current record is 4,600 which was set by Penn State when they hosted Indiana on Sept. 30, 1994. The game is shaping up to be an excellent one as both teams are unbeaten in conference play.

OSU-Michigan State Recap
Junior Justin Cook scored his second game-winning goal in as many games and Sammy Tamporello notched his first goal of the season as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans struck first in the 25th minute when senior forward Brett Konley scored off a pass from teammate Kevin Wittig. The Buckeyes would be quick to answer, however, as senior captain Tony Earp evened the score just 11 minutes later on an unassisted shot from 20 yards out, sending the game into halftime tied, 1-1.

Ohio State would break the tie just two minutes into the second stanza when Cook scored his third goal of the season on a breakaway up the center of the 18-yard box. The Buckeyes would add an insurance goal in the 67th minute when Tamporello pounded a cross from Andy Rosenband into a vacant Michigan State net.

The Spartans pressured the Buckeye backfield with shots for the remainder of the contest, but the Ohio State defense, led on by goalkeeper Chad Brown, were up to the challenge, holding off Michigan State for the win.

“I thought that the guys did what it took today to get the job done,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were looking forward to this one. We knew it was an important game and I’m really proud of them. This one was not as easy as it might appear. Three to one sounds like an easy game but it’s wasn’t. Michigan State is a good team.”

The Buckeyes
Senior forward Andy Rosenband is the leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes thus far in 2002. He has posted twelve points (4 G, 4 A), including three game-winners and 12 shots-on-goal. Junior forward Justin Cook, MVP of the 2002 Scarlet and Gray Classic, has played an important role as well, recording four assists, three goals and nine shots-on-goal. Freshman Kevin Nugent has been a solid force up front recording three goals in his young freshman season for six points. Jason Ryan and senior captain Tony Earp also have come on of late. Ryan and Earp each now have two goals and an assist for five points on the year. Sammy Tamporello, A.J. Weber and Matt McCune each have tallied one goal for the Buckeyes as well.

Reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, goalkeeper Chad Brown (6-3-0) has picked up his play in net for the Buckeyes. Brown has started eight of the team’s ten matches, recording 20 saves in over 747 minutes of play. Brown in second in the conference in shutouts with four. Brown has shared time with red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Wimmert who is 1-0 with four saves in 180 minutes of play.

Bluem In Sixth Year At OSU
Now in his sixth year at the helm of Ohio State men’s soccer, John Bluem is coming off a season that saw his Buckeyes earn their second consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament and their first ever at-large bid in 2001. Bluem also led his team to its highest ranking in program history, a No. 10 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas Men’s Division I National Poll.

Bluem’s Buckeyes jumped out of the starting blocks fast in 2002, capturing the Scarlet and Gray Classic championship with impressive wins over East Carolina and Richmond. The Buckeyes then lost its next three games by very close margins to Loyola Marymount, Fresno State and American. Since then Ohio State has caught fire, winning five-consecutive matches against Villanova, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Akron and Michigan State. Bluem’s career record at Ohio State now sits at 59-39-11 with a 16-13-4 mark in the Big Ten.

Bluem Closing In On 150 Wins
Head coach John Bluem is just five wins away from recording his 150th career win as a head coach. Bluem compiled an overall record of 86-27-12 (.736) in six years as the mentor at Fresno State. He is 59-39-11 in five-plus seasons at Ohio State.

Tomaino Closing In On Assist Record
Senior midfielder John Tomaino needs just three assists to become OSU’s all-time assists leader. He remains one behind Mark Sotherden and two behind Brooks Humphreys and Bill Clegg.

OSU All-Time Assist Leaders No. Total Years 1. Bill Clegg 17 1982-85 Brooks Humphreys 17 1997-2000 3. Mark Sotherden 16 1991-94 4. John Tomaino 15 1999- 5. Drew Kleinschmidt 14 1980-83 6. Brian Feldhaus 12 1997-2000 Dave Spitz 12 1983-86 8. Todd Young 11 1987-89 David Cass 11 1989-92

Ryan Captures Big Ten Honor
Sophomore forward Jason Ryan was selected as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (9-30) for his performance against Wisconsin and Akron. Ryan scored two goals in those games, including the game winner in overtime against Wisconsin, helping the Buckeyes win their fourth-consecutive match and improve their record to 6-3 on the year.

Ryan came off the bench to score the game-winning goal Friday against the Badgers in overtime on a 20-yard strike from the right side, giving the Buckeyes the win in the first Big Ten match of the season. Ryan then notched his second goal in as many games Sunday in a 2-0 win over Akron. Ryan now has five points to his credit on the year.

“Jason has had a difficult time the last year and a half with his back injury and now seems to be regaining strength and form he showed as a freshman,” Ohio State head coach John Bluem said. “Jason scored two important goals for us over the weekend and is very deserving of this honor.”

Follow The Buckeyes Online
Information on the Ohio State men’s soccer team and the 35 other Buckeye sports is available online at the official website of the Ohio State Athletic Department, ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Next Up
OSU will travel to State College, Pa. Sunday Oct. 13 to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in an important Big Ten showdown. Game time is 3:30 p.m. The Buckeyes will hit the road again next Wednesday, Oct. 16 when they travel north to take on Oakland at 4 p.m.