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    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will look to continue its momentum as the team travels to Oakland for a midweek non-conference match at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rochester, Mich., at Oakland Soccer Field. Following their match vs. the Golden Grizzlies, the Buckeyes (4-3-3, 2-1-0 B1G) will host tenth-ranked Indiana at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.    The Scarlet and Gray have won back-to-back matches against Top 20 opponents, including a 3-2 win against No. 17 Michigan State last Saturday in Columbus. Oakland (2-5-1, 2-0-1 Horizon League) has not lost in its last three matches, while the Hoosiers (6-1-3, 1-1-1 B1G) are riding a five-match unbeaten streak heading into a midweek road trip at Louisville before traveling to Columbus.    WAY TO FOLLOW  Fans that cannot make the trip to Rochester or Columbus, there are a variety of ways to follow the action. The match vs. the Golden Grizzlies will be streamed on the Horizon League Network, while the league tilt vs. the Hoosiers will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($). A link to live stats will also be available from the calendar tab on the front page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com or the men’s soccer schedule page. Twitter updates also will be available from @OhioState_MSOC.   BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL • The Buckeyes are 4-3-3 on the season after an impressive week five of the 2014 season, defeating No. 5 Louisville, 1-0, Sept. 30 before downing No. 17 Michigan State, 3-2, Oct. 4 in Columbus.  The team began the season with a five-match unbeaten streak, collecting wins against Northwestern and Elon, while claiming draws against Butler, UC Davis and UNC Wilmington.  • Ohio State jumped 21 spots up to No. 13 in the latest NCAA RPI poll. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 20 in the Top Drawer Soccer ranking and are receiving votes in both the NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA and College Soccer News polls.  • Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris leads the squad with a season-high nine points on four goals and an assist, while Liam Doyle (3g, 0a), Danny Jensen (1g, 1a), Kyle Culbertson (1g, 0a), Marcus McCrary (1g, 0a) and Joao Ehlers (1g, 0a) have also netted scores.  • Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, a Senior CLASS Award Candidate, is 4-3-3 with a 0.93 goals-against average and .831 save percentage with four shutouts in ten matches.  • Sarris was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week on Monday after scoring in both ranked wins last week.  • Ohio State returns nine starters, including Ivanov, who was named a 2013 second All-Big Ten selection, while Jensen and Kidwell earned All-Freshmen Team laurels. John Bluem, who enters his 18th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, welcomes a total of 12 new players to Columbus, including a talented group of eight true freshmen.  • Ivanov, Jensen and Culbertson were each named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List last week. Jensen is the leading returning scorer from last season with three goals and three assists to his credit as a freshman. Ivanov, a 2013 Academic All-American, was second in the nation in saves from a season ago, collecting 110 stops for the Scarlet and Gray.  • Ohio State is 1-1-1 in non-conference road matches.       A WEEK OF UPSETS  The Buckeye unit came together in an important part of the season claiming two key ranked wins against No. 5 Louisville and No. 17 Michigan State last week. It marked the first time since the 2007 College Cup run that team has beaten back-to-back nationally-ranked opponents. The victory over the Cardinals was the first Top 10 road win since the 2004 season.    Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris scored the lone goal of the match against the Cardinals in the 34th minute off a Louisville turnover, while the OSU defense held the Cardinal offense to five shots in the second half and denied three corners. Alex Ivanov had three saves to help break a four-match win streak for Louisville.    The team then jumped to second in the conference standings following a 3-2 victory against the Spartans. Liam Doyle struck the gamewinner in the 74th off a defection from a free kick from 30 yards out. Freshman forward Marcus McCrary scored his first career goal in the 15th minute, while Sarris netted the team’s second goal in the 72nd minute. The Spartans came into the contest allowing just one goal before Ohio State collected a trio of scores to improve to 2-1 in conference play.    IN THE MIX Ohio State is No. 13 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) published by the NCAA this week, moving up 21 spots from No. 34 just a week ago. Five Big Ten teams are in the Top 30, making the Big Ten and the Pact-12 with at least five teams in the Top 30 in the country. In all, 12 opponents on the team’s schedule are ranked in the Top 60.    The RPI is one of the most important criteria to determine the field for the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament. It is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare a team’s won-lost record, opponents’ strength of schedule, opponents’ opponents’ strength of schedule and the bonus/penalty system.   Big Ten IN THE RPI 5. Indiana 8. Penn State 13. Ohio State 26. Northwestern 30. Michigan State    SCOUTING OAKLAND  Under the direction of head coach, Eric Pogue, the Golden Grizzlies come into match on a three game unbeaten streak. Following its 0-5-0 start to the season, Oakland has thrived in conference play, going 2-0-1 for first place in the Horizon League.  Freshman goalkeeper Wes Mink was named the Horizon League Co-Defensive Player of the Week Mink after collecting his first career win in a double-overtime victory Oct. 1 and earned his first shutout with a 2-0 defeat of Green Bay three days later in Rochester. He is 2-3-1 with 15 saves, 1.22 goals-against average and a .652 save percentage. Offensively, Matt Dudley leads Oakland with two goals after scoring in both of their victories last week.   SERIES HISTORY • Tuesday’s match will be 13th meeting between the two teams. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 11-0-2. • Last time out, Ohio State claimed a 4-0 victory in Columbus in 2013. • Ohio State has won four-consecutive matches against Oakland   A LOOK AT INDIANA  Guided under head coach Todd Yeagley, the Hoosiers are off to a strong start this season with a 6-1-3 overall record having only fallen to undefeated Penn State. They had a strong showing in their last match where they claimed a 3-1 victory against No. 8 St. Louis. Offensively, sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson is leading the team with three goals and two assists. He is closely followed by Jamie Vollmer and Patrick Doody who both have a pair of goals and assists. Starting goalkeeper Colin Webb has started in all ten games the Hoosiers have played so far. He has four shutouts, 28 saves and only given up seven goals in 948 minutes of action in 2014. Indiana currently ranks No. 10 in the NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA national poll and is No. 5 in the NCAA RPI, which leads the Big Ten.    SERIES HISTORY • The upcoming match will be the 57th meeting between the two teams. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 48-6-2 against the Buckeyes. • Last time out, Ohio State fell 2-0 in Bloomington in 2013.  • Indiana has won six out of the last 10 meetings. The Buckeyes last win over the Hoosiers was during the 2010 campaign when the team defeated Indiana, 1-0, Nov. 7 in Columbus.    IVANOV NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was named a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Sept 2. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.   Ivanov is in his first year as captain for the Buckeyes. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov graduated last spring with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, collecting an impressive 3.70 cumulative GPA. He is currently pursuing a second degree in sports industry as a post graduate independent study this fall. In addition to his work in the classroom, Ivanov has volunteered with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, reading to elementary students. He also has been a part of three different “Kids Kicking Cancer” events. On the field, Ivanov was named a second team All-Big Ten selection and was selected as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times during his junior season.   Ivanov is one of 30 candidates for the honor. This list will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those named being placed on the official ballot. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.   BUCKEYE CAPTAINS • Senior Alex Ivanov and junior Zach Mason were selected as captains for the 2014 campaign. • The duo has combined for 79 career starts with Mason (46) starting every game of his career.     CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL MATCH The Buckeyes’ Connor Senn Memorial Match took place during the home match vs. Akron Sept. 24. The event 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. More than $1,300 in donations were collected to benefit the Connor Senn Fund.    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.   EHLERS EARNS B1G WEEKLY HONOR Joao Ehlers, a junior forward, was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Sept. 9. Ehlers, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, earns his first weekly honor of his Buckeye career.   In just his second appearance in the Scarlet and Gray, Ehlers came into a scoreless match in overtime vs. Elon Sept. 7 and scored the gamewinning goal in the 92nd minute from 18 yards out to give Ohio State its first win of the 2014 season. The goal also marked the first of his career at Ohio State. Ehlers shared the honor with Patrick Doody of Indiana.   UNC WILMINGTON CLASSIC CHAMPS  Ohio State claimed the tournament title at the UNC Wilmington Classic Sept. 7 with a 1-0-1 mark. Seniors Alex Ivanov and Yianni Sarris and sophomores Danny Jensen and Tyler Kidwell were named to the All-Tournament Team in Wilmington last weekend for their efforts, while Kidwell was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.    WOLSTEIN RECAP Butler won the ninth annual Wolstein Classic with a 1-0-1 mark Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated Canisius, 2-0, before ending the tournament with a 2-2 draw vs. the Scarlet and Gray. Jeff Adkins was named tournament MVP after scoring twice in the classic. Ohio State (0-0-2) was the third-place team behind UC Davis (1-0-1), while Canisius rounded out the tourney with a 0-2-0 mark. Sophomore Tyler Kidwell and junior Liam Doyle were the Buckeyes named to the all-tournament squad.    CONNOR’S CREW • In its fourth season, Connor’s Crew is the official student support section of Ohio State soccer. The branch of “Block O” is named for former Buckeye Connor Senn, who passed away Sept. 26, 2001 from a heart abnormality after collapsing during an OSU match. • For more information on the group, visit its Facebook page.   BIG TEN PREDICTIONS Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, junior defense Kyle Culbertson and sophomore forward Danny Jensen are among the 27 student-athletes deemed “Players to Watch” by the Big Ten at the start of the season. The team was selected ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll released Aug. 20.    Maryland, who is ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA preseason Top 25 poll as the national runner-up, is a top of the preseason conference standings.  Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Michigan at No. 3, defending Big Ten champion Penn State at No. 4 and Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champions, at No. 5   FREE FOR ALL The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 14 against Northwestern. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.   BUCKEYES ON BTN Ohio State has at least one appearance on BTN this season when the team welcomes Northwestern Sept. 14 in Columbus. Six home matches will be streamed on BTN Plus, while two matches can be viewed on Buckeye Vision this season (Indiana, Rutgers) on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The semifinals and the final of the Big Ten Championship, hosted by the higher seeds this season, will be shown live on BTN.    COACHING CORNER John Bluem, the winningest coach in OSU program history, is in his 18th season at the helm of the Buckeyes. The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has a 175-129-51 (.565) record at Ohio State. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 261-156-62 for a .611 winning percentage.