Oct. 11, 2002
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Columbus, Ohio– The Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak, the team’s longest since 1999, will be on the line Sunday as the Ohio State men’s soccer team (8-3, 2-0) travels to State College, Pa. for an important Big Ten showdown against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. The Nittany Lions, losers of their last two, come into the contest 2-2 in Big Ten play and 7-6 overall.
The Buckeyes’ current six-game winning streak marks the first time Ohio State has won six in a row since 1999. The team record was set in 1977 when the Buckeyes began the season winning seven-consecutive games.
Should the team defeat Penn State Sunday, Ohio State would tie the team record. The team has never won eight-consecutive games.
Brown Receives Big Ten Honor
Sophomore goalkeeper Chad Brown was 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, 7-3-0 on the season, now has 21 saves to go with five shutouts on the year. He has allowed just one goal in his last five outings..
“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. “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.”
John Bluem, Ohio State head men’s soccer coach, will be one of six alums of Hartwick College to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick campus in Oneonta, N.Y.
“I am deeply honored, and humbled, by this induction to the Hartwick Athletic Hall of Fame,” Bluem said. “The education I received at Hartwick and the athletic experience that I enjoyed there has been a cornerstone of my life.”
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.
Scouting the Lions
The Penn State attack is led by sophomore forward Chad Severs who was the 2001 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year, starting all 20 games and notching 15 points (5 G, 5 A). Thus far this season, Severs has already eclipsed that total, racking up 18 points (8 G, 2 A) in just 12 games to lead the Big Ten in both points and goals. He also is second in the conference in shots.
Sophomore midfielder Pasi Karppinen also has contributed heavily for the Lions, putting up four goals and two assists for ten points in 2002.
The strong Penn State defense, led on by seniors Ben Dawson and Jorma Makippa, has held opponents to 1.38 goals per game.
In net, senior Ryan Sickman and sophomore Ryan Moate have shared time. Moate has played in ten games, sporting a 4-4-0 record, while Sickman has seen action in five games (2-1).
As a team recognized for its physical play, the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in fouls (258), with 66 more fouls than any other Big Ten squad, and yellow cards (18).
Lions Last Time Out
Penn State comes into the contest against the Buckeyes after dropping a close contest to Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. The Nittany Lions dropped their second Big Ten match of the season Sunday at Wisconsin, 2-1.
The Lions traveled to Wisconsin where the Badgers got on the board first, scoring in the 31st minute on a goal by Nick Van Sicklen. The Lions would tie the score in the final minute before halftime when Gabe Bernstein recorded his second goal of the season.
The tie would be broken, however, in the 77th minute when the Badgers took the lead for good on a goal by David Martinez to win the game, 2-1.
Against the Pirates Wednesday, Penn State fought back to tie the game in the second half at 2-2 before Seton Hall’s Phil Swenda notched his second goal of the season in the 81st minute to give SHU the victory, 3-2.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will meet for the 18th time Sunday, with Penn State leading the overall series at 11-4-2.
Ohio State is 2-0-1 in the past three seasons against Penn State. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in Columbus last season.
Penn State Head Coach Barry Gorman
Barry Gorman, now in his 15th season as head coach of Penn State men’s soccer, is one of the foremost coaches in collegiate soccer. Gorman is the President of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is nationally renown for his experience and knowledge about the game of soccer.
At Penn State, Gorman recently posted his 200th victory, with his career mark with the Lions now sitting at 200-100-20. He has led his squads to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and one Big Ten tournament title.
Prior to coming to State College, Gorman coached for Lock Haven College, Davis and Elkins College, guiding Lock Haven to the 1977 NCAA Division III national title.
On The Defense
The Ohio State defense, which has held opponents to just 0.7 goals per game this season, has not allowed more than two goals in a game in 21 consecutive contests dating back to a 3-0 loss to Michigan State Oct. 7, 2001 in East Lansing.
The streak is the longest for the Buckeyes since 1997-98, when the team went 39 games without allowing more than two scores in a game.
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.
The Buckeyes can thank sophomore Peter Withers for keeping their win streak alive. Withers scored his first goal of the season in the 97th minute of the first overtime giving Ohio State a 1-0 victory over Louisville. The golden goal gave Ohio State its first sixth-game winning streak since 1999.
“It is always good to get your first goal,” Withers said. “I’ve had a lot of chances in the last few games, but they didn’t go my way. This one just popped loose, I had a good chance to hit it and it went in.”
The game was highlighted by physical play, featuring 33 fouls and five bookings, two for Ohio State and three for Louisville. Ohio State served as the offensive aggressor for most of the match, bombarding Louisville goalkeeper Brian Sokolowski with 19 shots, forcing him to make five saves. The Buckeyes best scoring chance in regulation of the scoreless battle came in the 77th minute when Sammy Tamporello headed a cross just over the Cardinal goal from the top of the six-yard box.
Chad Brown kept the Buckeyes in the game, holding the Cardinals scoreless for the entire contest and earning him his fifth shutout of the season.
“It was hard work and determination to get a result that eventually won the game for us,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought we controlled the game well. We created a lot of good chances. Their goalkeeper was tremendous and the lesson that we learn is, when we get those opportunities to finish, we have to take it. When a good (opportunity) comes, you have to put it away.”
Senior forward Andy Rosenband is the leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes thus far in 2002. He has posted thirteen points (4 G, 5 A), including three game-winners and 14 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. Peter Withers, Sammy Tamporello, A.J. Weber and Matt McCune each have tallied one goal for the Buckeyes as well.
Brown (7-3-0), the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, has picked up his play of late in net for the Buckeyes. Brown has started nine of the team’s eleven matches, recording 21 saves in over 843 minutes of play. Brown is now second in the conference in shutouts with five. 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 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 six-consecutive matches against Villanova, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Akron, Michigan State and Louisville.
Bluem’s career record at Ohio State now sits at 60-39-11 overall and 16-13-4 in the Big Ten.
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 Assists 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
Bluem Closing In On 150 Wins
Head coach John Bluem is just four 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. His overall career record sits at 146-66-23.
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.
The Buckeyes will travel to Rochester, Mich. Wednesday Oct. 16 to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. OSU will then return home to the friendly confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the much anticipated meeting with No. 4 Indiana at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.