WATCH : Video from Danny O’Rourke, Columbus Crew defender/midfielder and high school teammate of Connor
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The defending Big Ten champion Ohio State men’s soccer team welcomes the Columbus Crew to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the ninth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game. Tickets for the event are available from OhioStateBuckeyes.com or at the gate the day of the game and are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students.
In addition to the exhibition match, the event features a silent auction that consists of a wide array of Ohio State, Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer memorabilia, including many autographed items, as well donations from a variety of Columbus businesses and organizations. Following the game, there will be an autograph session with both Buckeye and Crew players.
For those unable to attend the game, it will be streamed live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com with Evan Winkofsky and Matt Kraus, from Scarlet & Gray Sports Radio, calling the action. The game is free to view.
All funds from the event go to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has collected over $150,000 to date and, as of last season, is a fully-endowed scholarship at The Ohio State University. The annual recipient is the member of the Ohio State men’s soccer team who best exemplifies the team’s mantra of “Play Like Connor Today.”
ABOUT CONNOR SENN
The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team. Connor collapsed during Ohio State’s match at Akron Sept. 26, 2001, and died that night from a congenital heart defect. A native of Granville, Ohio, Connor was a freshman walk-on defender who had earned a starting position for the 2001 season. The Buckeyes went on to be selected for the NCAA Tournament that season for the second time in program history.
The legacy of Connor Senn will never be forgotten at Ohio State. A plaque honoring Connor hangs outside the Buckeyes’ locker room door and Connor’s chair hangs in the locker room, which all the players on the 2001 team signed with personal messages to Connor, who was known for his tremendous work ethic, positive attitude and selfless play.
SCOUTING THE CREW
The Crew is unbeaten through the first four games of the Major League Soccer season after coming up with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders Friday night. At 2-0-2, the team marks just the second time in its history to make it through the opening four games without a loss. The Crew is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference with eight points. The New York Red Bulls lead the conference with 15 points and a record of 5-1-0.
Guillermo Schelotto leads the team in scoring with three goals and one assist so far this season. Schelotto has played 356 minutes in four games. The Crew next plays against the Revolution at Columbus Crew Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.
THE BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
The Scarlet and Gray finished the 2009 season as the Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, the first “double” in program history. With a 10-4-4 overall record and a 4-2-0 Big Ten mark, it also was the first outright regular season championship for the Buckeyes.
The Connor Senn Memorial Game wraps up Ohio State’s spring exhibition season, which was highlighted by a trip to Spain in March where it played three games vs. foreign squads. As the Buckeyes look forward to the 2010 season, they return eight starters and 17 letterwinners, while adding six newcomers to the squad.
Ohio State opens the 2010 campaign with the annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Sept. 3 and 5 at Jesse Owens. Penn State, College of Charleston and Buffalo round out the tourney field.