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Oct. 30, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s soccer team (10-5-1, 2-2-0 Big Ten) attempt to improve its conference record and fight for a spot in the NCAA tournament when they take on Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines enter the contest winners of their last three. The Buckeyes are coming off at tie to Alabama A&M and a win over Western Illinois.

Quotes From the Coach
“Michigan has, in the short span of three years, put together a very competitive and talented team,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “The game is very important in terms of seeding for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament at Penn State, and we will be trying hard to get a good result.”

Series History
Sunday will mark the 14th time the Wolverines and Buckeyes have met. The Buckeyes lead the overall series vs. their arch rival, 9-4-0. The teams last met last year when Michigan scored its first ever victory over a ranked opponent, defeating the No. 14 Buckeyes, 1-0. Knox Cameron scored the only goal of the contest, his fourth of the year in the eigth minute. The Wolverines would hang onto the lead, despite the Buckeyes dominating play and showering the Michigan defense with 12 shots in the second half to gain the victory.

Tomaino One Away From Tying Assist Record
Senior midfielder John Tomaino needs just two assists to become OSU’s all-time assists leader. With his assist against Western Illinois, Tomaino moved one step closer, tying Mark Sotherden with 16 all-time. He is now one behind Brooks Humphreys and Bill Clegg. Junior forward Justin Cook is tied for eighth all-time and Andy Rosenband ninth.

OSU All-Time Assist Leaders Assists Total Years 1. Bill Clegg 17 1982-85 Brooks Humphreys 17 1997-2000 3. John Tomaino 16 1999- Mark Sotherden 16 1991-94 5. Drew Kleinschmidt 14 1980-83 6. Brian Feldhaus 12 1997-2000 Dave Spitz 12 1983-86 8. Justin Cook 11 2000- Todd Young 11 1987-89 David Cass 11 1989-92 9. Andy Rosenband 10 2001-

Scouting The Maize and Blue
The Wolverines (7-6-1, 2-3-0 Big Ten) possess a potent offensive attack to face the Buckeyes, with five players in double-figures in points in the team’s 14 games this season. Overall, the team ranks first in the Big Ten in goals (28), goals per game (2.71) and assists per game (2.79)

A pair of sophomores, forward Mychal Turpin and midfielder Knox Cameron, lead the charge for Michigan. Turpin and Cameron each have scored ten goals in 14 games this season. Turpin has notched 24 points overall, while Cameron has 23.

Junior midfielder Mike White has 20 points this season (7 G, 6 A), while freshman Adam Bruh has a racked up 11 assists.

Overall, the team has put up five goals or more four times this season, and three goals or more seven times.

The team has struggled finding a consistent netminder throughout the season, with three keepers seeing time in goal. Sophomore Joe Zawacki has played the most time in net, but his 2.06 goals-against-average and 3-5-1 record in nine starts led Michigan head coach Steve Burns to pulling Zawacki in favor of freshman Peter Dzubay. In eight games, Dzubay has mounted a 4-1-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against-average. Dzubay has started the last five games for the Wolverines. The Wolverines rank last in the Big Ten in goals allowed per game with 1.64.

Head Wolverine Steve Burns
Steve Burns is the first head coach in Michigan men’s soccer history. In three years, Burns has mounted a 23-23-2 record. In 2001, he led the team to its first-ever winning record, finishing the season at 10-7-1.

Before the team became a varsity program, Burns served as coach of the Michigan club soccer team for seven years, mounting a 121-51-26 record.

Michigan Last Time Out
Michigan extended its winning-streak to three Sunday with a 5-0 win over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

The Wolverines scored early and often, notching three goals in the first half and two more in the second. Cameron scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season while freshman Adam Bruh assisted on his 10th and 11th goals of the year.

Peter Dzubay and Joe Zawacki comibed for the shutout, with Dzubary making six saves and Zawacki making one.

Senior Day Recap
Sam Migliano scored his first goal of the season and Justin Cook added an insurance goal in the second period as the Buckeyes were victorious on senior day defeating Western Illinois, 2-0.

The Buckeye defense proved stellar, allowing just eight shots, three of which were on goal as Chad Brown earned his seventh shutout of the season and improved his record to 9-5-1.

On the afternoon when the Buckeyes honored their five seniors, the team dominated the Leathernecks for the entire duration of the game, showering Western Illinois with 30 shots, nine of which were on goal. Ohio State had chances early on with two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of play. Over the course of the game, the Buckeyes had several other close scoring opportunities, hitting the Western Illinois crossbar five times and the post once as well.

Migliano would find the goal in the 40th minute of play when he headed in a corner kick from Sasha Barber and Peter Withers. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead into halftime and would notch an insurance goal in the 61st minute when Cook knocked a pass from senior John Tomaino into the goal.

The team’s five seniors include Tomaino, Andy Rosenband, Todd Grossnickle, Jake Traeger, and team captain Tony Earp.

The Buckeyes
Senior forward Andy Rosenband is the leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes through 16 games. He has posted 16 points (5 G, 6 A), including three game-winners and 20 shots-on-goal. Rosenband is third in the conference in shots (59) and shots per game (3.69) and is tied for fifth in the conference in assists with six. Junior forward Justin Cook has recorded four assists, five goals and 13 shots-on-goal. Cook is 10th in the Big Ten in shots (27) and eighth in assists (4). Sophomore Sammy Tamporello scored two goals against Oakland and Indiana to bring his goal total to three goals and one assist for seven points. Also coming on of late is sophomore Peter Withers. Withers scored the game winning goal in overtime against Louisville (10-9) and notched an assist over the weekend against Western Illinois. He now has two goals and two assists for six points. Freshman forward Kevin Nugent has played in all 16 games, starting one, recording three goals in his young freshman season for six points. Co-captain Tony Earp and Jason Ryan also have two goals and one assist on the season and Sasha Barber, A.J. Weber, Sam Migliano and Matt McCune have one goal each. Weber also has four assists for a total of six points while Barber has added three assists.

Jake Traeger, David Ridenhour and Eric Schwebach have been a solid force on the back line all season, making life a little easier for goalkeeper Chad Brown. Traeger and Ridenhour have started all 16 games this season, with Schwebach starting 15 and recording an assist earler this season.

Brown (9-5-1) has started 14 of the team’s 16 matches, recording 29 saves in over 1,313 minutes of play. Brown is tied for first in the conference with seven shutouts and leads the Big Ten in shutouts per game at .47. Brown has shared time with red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Wimmert who is 1-0 with four saves in 180 minutes of play.

Buckeyes Among Top Three In Several Categories
The Buckeyes lead the conference in shutouts (8), cornerkicks (114) and shots per game (16.31). They are second overall in total shots (261), goals (14) and goals allowed per game (0.88).

Bluem Honored
John Bluem, Ohio State head men’s soccer coach, was one of six alums of Hartwick College inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick campus in Oneonta, N.Y.

Bluem, who was best known for his defensive play as a stopper, was a three-year starting fullback while playing for Hartwick from 1972-74. In his three seasons at Hartwick, the team compiled a 30-9-7 record, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament all three years. The 1974 team, of which Bluem was a member, reached the Final Four and finished third in the nation.

Bluem In Sixth Year at OSU
Now in his sixth year at the helm of Ohio State men’s soccer, John Bluem is looking for his Buckeyes to earn their third-consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament. Last season Bluem saw his Buckeyes earn their second-consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament and their first ever at-large bid. 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 No. 7 Loyola Marymount, Fresno State and No. 24 American. Then Ohio State caught fire, winning six-consecutive matches against Villanova, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Akron, Michigan State and Louisville. The Buckeyes’ win streak was then snapped, falling to Penn State, 1-0. The team then rebounded, defeating Oakland, 3-0 before falling to the No. 4 Indiana, 4-2 and tying Alabama A&M Friday, 1-1.

Bluem Closing In On 150 Wins
Head coach John Bluem is just two wins away from recording his 150th career win as a head coach. His overall career record sits at 148-68-24.

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
The Buckeyes will wrap up the regular season in Evanston, Ill. when they face the Northwestern Wildcats at noon (central time) Sunday, Nov. 10. The 2002 Big Ten Tournament will be hosted by Penn State University in State College, Pa., Nov. 14-17.