September 29, 2017

No. 16 Buckeyes Travel to No. 4 Michigan State Sunday

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Sept. 29, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State men’s soccer team begins a challenging month of October with a Big Ten road battle at No. 4 Michigan State at 3 p.m. Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes (7-1-1, 3-0 B1G) sit in first place in the Big Ten standings with nine points, while the Spartans (7-1-1, 2-0-1 B1G) are tied for fourth with seven points heading into the weekend. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

THE BASICS
Sunday, Oct. 1 | No. 16 Ohio State at No. 4 Michigan State |3 p.m. ET
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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Ohio State (7-1-1, 3-0 B1G) is off to its best start in program history through nine games (.833).
  • The team is ranked No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and No. 12 by TopDrawerSoccer.
  • The Scarlet and Gray lead the Big Ten standings with nine points after two weeks of league play.
  • Six games in the month of October will be against teams ranked in the Top 25, including three in the Top 5.
  • The Scarlet and Gray broke the program-record for consecutive shutouts (6) from Sept. 1-22.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State has Big Ten wins against Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers this year.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-0 in road matches, collecting 1-0 shutout wins at Northwestern Sept. 8 and Rutgers Sept. 17.
  • The match Sunday will be the first against a nationally-ranked opponent in 2017.
  • The Scarlet and Gray went unbeaten in the month of September with a 6-0-1 mark.
  • Ohio State is scoring 1.44 goals per game, while opponents are only scoring 0.56 goals per game.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are holding opponents to 10.9 shots per game.
  • Junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed leads the team with 10 points (3g, 4a). He is currently on a career-high six-match point streak.
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried is 7-1-1 with a 0.54 goals-against average and seven shutouts.
  • The Buckeyes return four starters from the 2016 squad and welcome 18 newcomers. Fifteen of the 18 newcomers are freshmen.
  • Two rookies have started in all six contests, including Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and Will Hirschman.
  • The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in senior forward Nate Kohl, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 14 points (6g, 2a), a year ago. Mohamed, honored as a second team selection, also returns after scoring 11 points (4g, 3a). Siegfried is back after earning All-Big Ten Freshmen honors in 2016.
  • The Buckeyes were picked seventh in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan and Penn State.
  • Hunter Robertson joined Kohl and Mohamed on the Big Ten Preseason Honor List.
  • The 2017 incoming class ranked seventh in the country by College Soccer News. The Buckeyes were one of four schools in the nation to have three straight Top 10 classes along with North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia. The group hails from three different countries, while five members are natives of Ohio. The incoming Buckeyes feature seven defenders, five forwards, four midfielders and two goalkeepers.

A LOOK BACK AT THE SHUTOUT STREAK

  • Ohio State broke the program-record for consecutive shutouts with six straight clean sheets from Sept. 1-22. The team past the 2007 College Cup squad who had five-consecutive shutouts 10 years ago.
  • The streak was snapped last time out in a 2-2 double overtime draw vs. Detroit Mercy on Tuesday.
  • The Buckeyes went a span of 605:14 without allowing a goal.
  • Ohio State outscored its opponents, 10-0.
  • The OSU defense limited opponents to 8.8 shots per game and only 2.33 shots on goal per game.
  • Twenty Buckeyes recorded minutes during the shutout streak.
  • Seven different members scored points.
  • Siegfried made 14 saves, including five in the second half against Bowling Green Sept. 22.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State finished the month of September unbeaten after battling to a 2-2 double overtime draw vs. Detroit Mercy last Tuesday in Columbus. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Abdi Mohamed scored his third goal of the year in the 11th minute, while redshirt junior midfielder Brady Blackwell scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray in the 18th minute. The Titans rallied with a pair of scores in the road draw. Parker Siegfried tied his season high with five saves.

3-0 IN BIG TEN PLAY
The Buckeyes are off to a strong start to the Big Ten season with three straight shutout wins over Northwestern Sept. 8, Penn State Sept. 12 and Rutgers Sept. 17. In Evanston, Hunter Robertson scored a spectacular goal in the sixth minute off a corner from 30 yards out into the upper 90, while the OSU defense limited the Wildcats to five shots, including just one in the final 45 minutes. At home against the Nittany Lions, Niall Logue scored off a free kick in the 50th minute before Nate Kohl chalked up his first goal of the year six minutes later. Freshman Mitch Bergman scored his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute. The OSU defense limited Penn State to one shot on goal. Out in Piscataway, N.J., Abdi Mohamed scored the eventual game-winner at Rutgers on a penalty kick in the 78th minute Sept. 17. The defense continued to dominant, allowing only two shots on target in the 90 minutes of play.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are tied for first in the conference in shutouts (7) and third in goals-against average (0.54). Abdi Mohamed and Joshua Jackson-Ketchup are tied for third in the league in goals (3). Mohamed is tied for second in the league in assists (4). Niall Logue is tied for second in game-winning goals (2). Parker Siegfried is tied for first in the conference in shutouts (7) and third in goals-against average (0.54).

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans are 7-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in conference action. Michigan State began the year unbeaten in its first eight matches before falling at Akron, 4-1, last Wednesday. Like the Buckeyes, the Spartan defense has been one of the best in the nation, posting seven shutouts and holding opponents to 0.56 goals per game. Goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is 7-1-1 with 28 saves and a .848 save percentage. DeJuan Jones leads the team with nine points (4g, 1a). The Green and White hold a 3-0-1 record at home this season, battling to a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 3 Maryland Sept. 22.

OHIO STATE VS. THE SPARTANS
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 24-19-3. Last time out, the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes, 1-0, Oct. 2, 2016, in Columbus.

Nate Kohl NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
For the fifth time in three years, a member of the men’s soccer team was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. Kohl, from Hilliard, Ohio, Kohl, is a two-year starting forward for the Buckeyes after transferring from Michigan following the 2014 campaign. He was named to the 2017 Big Ten Preseason Honors list. Kohl took part in the department’s Soles4Souls trip to Ecuador last May. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, allowing volunteers to gain insight of the basic needs of impoverished third world communities. In the classroom, the physical education teacher major, Kohl has been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection (2016), a first-team Academic All-Ohio honoree (2016) and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015-16). Ohio State men’s soccer program has won the award twice in the past three years after Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason were both selected as the nation’s top senior student-athlete in men’s soccer in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

BUCKEYES SWEEP BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Joshua Jackson-Ketchup was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while Parker Siegfried earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced last Sept. 5. Jackson-Ketchup, from Margate, Fla., scored three goals over the weekend to help Ohio State to two home victories. He scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Lehigh Sept. 1, including a strike from 30 yards out. The OSU rookie then sealed a 2-0 victory over Wright State with a late second-half goal Monday. Siegfried, from Granville, Ohio, chalked up back-to-back clean shutouts. He made three saves in the win over the Mountain Hawks and had two stops against the Raiders.

WOLSTEIN CLASSIC RECAP
Ohio State opened the 2017 season in thrilling fashion Aug. 25 when Michael Prosuk scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to beat Pitt 1-0. Marcus McCrary sent a rolling cross to the far post for Prosuk to score his first goal in a Scarlet and Gray uniform. Parker Siegfried made five saves for his fourth career shutout. In the Wolstein Classic finale, the Buckeyes fell, 3-0, against FIU last Sunday. Hunter Robertson and Kevin Blackwood were each honored on the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team. In all, nine members made their Buckeye debuts during the opening weekend.

THE NEWCOMERS
Head coach John Bluem and his staff welcomed a total of 18 new faces to its 2017 roster. The incoming class is made up of three transfers and 15 freshmen – Kevin Blackwood, John Swann, Michael Prosuk, Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, Adrian Ramos, Will Hirschman, Jared Anderson, Jacob Goyen, Theo Alexis, Devyn Etling, Jake Scheper, David Abonce, Christian Harter, Xavier Kennedy, Matt Kiley, Chase Carraher, Mitch Bergman and Gabe Harms. After missing last year due to injury, redshirt junior transfer Brady Blackwell is also ready to make an impact in the Buckeye midfield.

FREE FOR ALL
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 11 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 12 against Penn State. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

HOME BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Ohio State will be shown on the Big Ten Network against Penn State Sept. 12 in Columbus. Ten additional regular season home games will be streamed online through BTN Plus with one remaining home game on BuckeyeVision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The semifinals and final of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 10-12 also will be shown live on BTN.

THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 21st-year head coach John Bluem. The 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bluem has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-01-04-05-07-08-09-10-14-15), four Big Ten championships (2000-07-09-15) and a College Cup Final in 2007. Bluem’s career record sits at 290-182-70 (.608) and has claimed four conference coach of the year awards (most by an active B1G coach). Bluem claimed his 200th win at Ohio State Sept. 1. He is assisted by Ian Gordona, who was promoted to associate head coach heading into his fourth season at his alma mater. Joining the staff this past off-season was assistant coach Adam Pearce, who will be coaching the Buckeye goalkeepers this fall. Matt Appel, a member of the 2016 team, will be a student assistant coach this fall.

UP NEXT
Ohio State hosts No. 3 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.