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Oct. 13, 1999

Starting Off
The Buckeyes (8-4 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) look to come back after a 2-0 loss to Michigan State last Sunday. OSU will be on the road this week, traveling to Cleveland State (2-9-2 overall, 1-4 MCC) Wednesday, and then hosting Big Ten rival Penn State on Sunday, October 17 in their last home game of the season, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Week Recap
OSU split its games last week, defeating Marshall, 5-1, and losing at Michigan State, 2-0. Wednesday, the Buckeyes notched their sixth consecutive victory against Marshall. Brooks Humphreys (Jr., Spring, Texas) scored two goals and John Tomaino (Fr., Palatine, Ill.) scored one goal and added an assist. The Buckeyes were held scoreless against Big Ten rival Michigan State Sunday. The game was scoreless until the 68th minute when MSU’s Brett Konley scored the first goal. He followed with another goal with just one minute remaining for a 2-0 Spartan victory.

Scouting the Vikings
Cleveland State is 2-9-2 overall and 1-4 in the MCC. The Vikings are coming off a six- game losing streak with its last win September 11 at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. CSU had four consecutive ties previous to the six losses. The Vikings have been held scoreless for the last six games. Ryan Sgro leads the team with six points (2G, 2A). The Vikings have scored just seven goals against their opponents. Goalkeeper, Geoff Mauch has played in all 13 games for the Vikings and has allowed 28 goals for a 2.24 GAA. Head Coach Brian Doyle is in his 12th season at CSU. Doyle graduated from Hartwick college in1974, the same school as OSU head coach, John Bluem.

Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State (10-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten) are ranked No. 4 by Soccer America and No. 5 by NSCAA. The Nittany Lions are tied with the Buckeyes for second in the Big Ten with only one loss to 1998 NCAA champion, Indiana, 4-2. PSU’s Ricardo Villar leads the team and the Big Ten by a far margin with 27 points, (11G, 5A). He is followed by Greg Oldfield who ranks fifth in overall points in the Big Ten with 14. Whit Gibson, PSU goalkeeper has 33 saves, five shutouts, and a .91 GAA. PSU has played two games at the new Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium during the Ohio State Nike Classic (Sept. 3-5, 1999). PSU won the tournament after wins against Clemson (3-2) and Loyola (2-1).

All-Time vs. Opponents
Ohio State will face Cleveland State for the 20th time on Wednesday. The last meeting between the two schools was in 1998 when OSU beat CSU, 3-0, in Columbus. CSU leads the series between these two schools, 14-4-1. The last time PSU and OSU met was Oct. 18, 1998. OSU fell to the Nittany Lions, 1-0, in overtime at State College. PSU leads the series against OSU, 9-2-0.

OSU and the Big Ten
The Buckeyes fell to second place in the Big Ten this week after suffering a loss to Michigan State. They are tied for second place with Penn State in conference games only. Last week, Penn State defeated Cleveland State 1-0, and Wisconsin 2-1, in overtime. Four Buckeyes are ranked in overall points in the Big Ten. Humphreys ranks third with 17, fourth, Tomaino with 15 points. Brian Feldhaus (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) is tied for sixth place with 12, Peterson Jerome (Sr., Spring Valley, N.Y.) is tied at ninth with 10 points. Humphreys and Tomaino are tied for first place in assists with seven each. Kerry Thompson (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) is ranked second in number of shutouts (4), third in saves (38), and fourth in GAA (1.27).

Four Fab Freshmen
The Buckeyes have been blessed this season with a tremendous freshmen class who have made an immediate impact. Tomaino leads the class with 15 points and is tied second in overall team points. Josh Rathweg (Fr., Spring, Texas) is second among the freshmen with three goals and two assists. Tony Earp (Fr., Plantation, Fla.) has started each game in his first year as a Buckeye and has contributed two goals and two assist. Todd Grossnickle (Fr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) has seen action in every game and assisted on one goal.

Thompson’s Fourth Shutout
Goalkeeper Thompson as held opponents scoreless four times this season, earning his fourth shutout against Wright State last Wednesday. Thompson has allowed just 12 goals against the Buckeyes this season for a 1.27GAA.

Big Ten Player of the Week
Last week, junior midfielder Brooks Humphreys (Spring, Texas) was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his five-point performance last weekend against Butler and Evansville. This season, Humphreys has three goals and two assists for eight points to lead the team. He has played in every game this season and has five starts. Last season Humphreys was a first-team all-Big Ten pick, an academic all-Big Ten selection and an OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Suffocating D Continues
The Buckeyes are playing their usual tight defense so far this season. Ohio State has allowed only 15 goals in 12 games. Goalkeeper Thompson has had four games without being scored on. Since John Bluem took over at Ohio State in 1997, the Buckeyes have been one of the stingier defenses in the Big Ten, allowing a meager 0.84 goals per game.