October 4, 2017

No. 17 Buckeyes Battle No. 2 Maryland Friday Night in Columbus

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Oct. 4, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s soccer team is set for a Top 25 showdown Friday night when the team hosts No. 2 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (7-2-1, 3-1-0 B1G) are tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings with nine points, while the Terrapins (8-0-3, 3-0-2 B1G) lead the league with 11 points. The match vs. Maryland will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($).

THE BASICS
Friday, Oct. 6 | No. 2 Maryland at No. 17 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. ET
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PROMOTIONS
Friday, Oct. 6 – Bucks Go Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Game, WSOC Doubleheader vs. MSU (5 p.m.), Football Homecoming Night

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Through 10 matches, Ohio State is off to its best start to a season since the 2001 and 2008 campaigns went 7-2-1 (.750).
  • The team is ranked No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.
  • Six games in the month of October will be against teams ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes, including three in the Top 6.
  • The Scarlet and Gray broke the program-record for consecutive shutouts (6) from Sept. 1-22.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Scarlet and Gray are tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin with nine points. Maryland leads the league with 11 points.
  • Ohio State ranks No. 14 in the first RPI poll of 2017. Seven 2017 opponents sit in the Top 40.
  • Last time out, the Buckeyes fell, 5-1, at No. 4 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday.
  • Abdi Mohamed leads the Buckeyes with 10 points this year (3g, 4a). Nine different Buckeyes have netted goals this fall. Parker Siegfried is 7-2-1 with a 0.72 GAA and seven shutouts.
  • Nate Kohl was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. Ohio State has won the award in two of the last three years.
  • The Buckeyes broke the school-record for consecutive shutouts with six straight clean sheets Sept. 1-22. Ohio State went 6-0-1 in the month of September.
  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while Siegfried was honored as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 5.
  • The Buckeyes return four starters from the 2016 squad and welcome 18 newcomers. Fifteen of the 18 newcomers are freshmen.
  • The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in 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 too 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.
  • 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.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes suffered their first loss in Big Ten play last time out at No. 4 Michigan State by a 5-1 score. Junior midfielder Alex Nichols scored his first goal of the year in the 40th minute when he buried a shot into the back right of net after a through ball from Nate Kohl to tie the game at 1-all. However, the Spartans netted their second goal two minutes later and went on to score three more times in the second half to claim the victory.

HOME, SWEET HOME

  • The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play at home this fall.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have claimed five shutouts with the OSU defense limiting opponents to 0.71 goals per game.
  • The team is outscoring opponents, 11-5.
  • Ohio State holds a 112-45-27 record (.683) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including 19 victories in the last three seasons.

SCOUTING MARYLAND
The second-ranked Terrapins travel to Columbus unbeaten with an 8-0-3 record and 3-0-2 mark in Big Ten play. Maryland began the year with a 3-2 double OT win over No. 15 UCLA Sept. 1 and has claimed double overtime draws against No. 4 Indiana Sept. 8 and No. 6 Michigan State Sept. 22. Last time out, the Terrapins defeated Connecticut, 3-2, in Storrs, Conn., on Monday. Maryland is leading the Big Ten in shots per game (15.27) and second in goals per game (1.91). Three Terrapins have double-digit point totals led by Jake Rozhansky with 14 points (4g, 6a). Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is 8-0-3 with a 0.60 GAA and seven shutouts this fall.

OHIO STATE VS. THE TERPS
Maryland leads the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 5-1. In its last meeting in Columbus during the regular season, Ohio State upset Maryland, 1-0, Oct. 13, 2015. Ohio State is 1-1 vs. the Terrapins at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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.

3-0 TO START LEAGUE PLAY
The Buckeyes got 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 second in the conference in shutouts (8) and fourth in goals-against average (0.72). Abdi Mohamed is tied for sixth in the league in points per game (1.00). He is tied for fourth in assists (4). Mohamed and Niall Logue are tied for second in game-winning goals (2). Parker Siegfried is tied for second in the conference in shutouts (7) and fourth in goals-against average (0.72).

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 291-183-70 (.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
The Buckeyes travel to face Oakland Oct. 10 in Rochester, Mich.