Sept. 19, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Ohio State men’s soccer team will take a break from Big Ten play, hosting Bowling Green Friday and Detroit Mercy next Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) with kickoff beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The match vs. the Falcons will be the Connor Senn Memorial Game.
Friday, Sept. 22 – Connor Senn Memorial Game, Dollar Dog Night
Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Twitter Tuesday, Brutmoji Souvenir Cup Giveaway, Fan Vote $2 Tuesday Concession Item
16TH-ANNUAL CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL GAME
Cash donations will be accepted Friday night for the event that raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. On Sept. 26, 2001, Connor Senn, a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during the Buckeyes’ game at Akron and died that evening from a congenital heart defect, a condition virtually undetectable a decade ago. The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was quickly established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team, with it expanding over the last decade to subsidize a fully-endowed scholarship at Ohio State and now to begin an educational symposium on sudden cardiac arrest.
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BREAKING DOWN THE STREAK
3-0 IN BIG TNE 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 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. Last time out, 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 (6) and third in goals-against average (0.43). Joshua Jackson-Ketchup is tied for third in the league in goals (3) and Abdi Mohamed is tied for second in assists (4). Nial Logue is tied for second in game-winning goals (2). Parker Siegfried is tied for first in the conference in shutouts (6) and third in goals-against average (0.43).
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons (5-3-0) travel to Columbus after dropping a 2-1 match at No. 1 Notre Dame Tuesday evening in South Bend, Ind. Bowling Green began the year on a five-match win streak, but has dropped its last three matches. The team fell, 1-0, at No. 6 Michigan State Sept. 13 in East Lansing, Mich. Chris Brennan leads the team with 12 points (4g, 4a), while goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia is 6-3 with a 0.75 goals-against average and five shutouts this fall.
OHIO STATE VS. THE FALCONS
Bowling Green leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 25-16-3. However, Ohio State has won 10 of the last 13 meetings against the Falcons.
WELCOME BACK, ZACH MASON
Former Buckeye captain Zach Mason returns to campus as an assistant coach for Bowling Green. Mason, who is in his second season with the Falcons, helped the team to a second-place finish in the MAC regular-season standings a year ago. A two-time captain for the Scarlet and Gray, Mason guided the 2015 Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and NCAA ‘Sweet 16’ appearance. Mason, a native of Galena, Ohio, was the winner of the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in NCAA Division I men’s soccer.
A LOOK AT DETROIT MERCY
The Titans sit at 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in Horizon League play heading into the weekend. Last time out, Detroit Mercy fell, 2-0, at Penn State Sept. 20. The team has conference match vs. Belmont Sept. 23 before making the trip to Columbus on Tuesday. Spiro Pliakos leads the Titans with 11 points (5g, 1a), while goalkeeper Robbie Beckwell is 4-2-1 with two shutouts in 2017. This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Detroit Mercy next week.
Ohio State holds a 111-45-26 record (.679) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including 18 victories in the last three seasons.
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.
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 290-182-69 (.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.
Ohio State returns to Big Ten play with key road match at No. 6 Michigan State Oct. 1 in East Lansing, Mich.