August 29, 2017

Ohio State Hosts Lehigh, Wright State this Weekend

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Aug. 29, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team continues its four-game homstand this weekend, hosting Lehigh at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Wright State at 7 p.m. Monday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match vs. the Mountain Hawks is part of a doubleheader with the Ohio State women’s soccer team, which kicks off its home match at 5 p.m. against Western Michigan.

PROMOTIONS
Friday, Sept. 1
– Alumni Weekend (2007 College Cup Team – 10-Year Anniversary Recognition), DHer with women’s soccer vs. Western Michigan (5 p.m.), Food Truck Friday Game
Monday, Sept. 4 – Alumni Weekend, Labor Day Game

THE BASICS
Friday, Sept. 1 | Lehigh at Ohio State | 7:30 p.m.
Live Stats  |  BTN Plus ($) | Admission: Free

Monday, Sept. 4 | Wright State at Ohio State | 7 p.m.
Live Stats |  BTN Plus ($) | Admission: Free

SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES

  • Ohio State (1-1, 0-0 B1G) return to action after splitting two matches over the weekend to open the 2017 regular season. Ohio State won, 1-0, over Pitt Aug. 25 before falling to FIU, 3-0, Aug. 27 in Columbus.
  • 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 senior forward Nate Kohl, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 14 points (6g, 2a), a year ago. Junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, honored as a second team selection, also returns after scoring 11 points (4g, 3a). Goalkeeper Parker Siegfried is back too after earning All-Big Ten Freshmen honors in 2016.
  • The Buckeyes were picked seventh in the Big Ten preseason poll announced last week. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.
  • Senior back 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.

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

COLLEGE CUP TEAM 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
On Friday night at halftime, the Buckeyes will recognize the 2007 Big Ten champion and NCAA Runner-Up College Cup team as part of Alumni Weekend for the men’s soccer program. The 2007 squad won the program’s second Big Ten championship and advanced to the College Cup for the first time in school history.

Some notes of that record-breaking season:

  • Most wins in school history (17).
  • A record 15-match unbeaten streak (12-0-3).
  • Most shutouts in a single-season (15), including five consecutive clean slates.
  • Buckeyes honored with its first two first-team All-Americans in program history (Xavier Balc and Eric Brunner).
  • Five members earn All-Big Ten honors.
  • The 2007 senior class became the most winningest class in program history (51-26-12).
  • A school-record three Buckeyes are chosen for the MLS Combine.

HOME COOKING
Ohio State holds a 108-45-26 record (.677) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including 14 victories in the last two seasons

A LOOK AT LEHIGH
The Mountain Hawks are 1-1 overall in 2017.  The team defeated Rider in its opener, 3-2, on Aug. 25 and lost a 1-0 match against George Washington Aug. 27. Mark Forrest scored a hat trick in the win over the Broncs. Doyle Tuvesson and Forrest were named to the 2017 Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Patriot League Team, while the Mountain Hawks were picked seventh in the Patriot League Preseason Poll. This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Lehigh in men’s soccer.

SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE  
Wright State is 1-0-1 on the year and hits the road to play at West Virginia Friday night. The Raiders were picked to finish third in the 2017 Horizon league poll. The Raiders return 2016 second team selection Jackson Dietrich and All-Freshman honoree Austin Kinney and fifth-year senior Sam DeRoy. The Raiders lead the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 9-6-8. The match Monday is the first meeting between the two teams since the 2013 campaign.

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 285-172-68 (.608) and has claimed four conference coach of the year awards (most by an active B1G coach). He is one victory shy of 200 in his career at Ohio State. 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 hits the road to open Big Ten play when it faces Northwestern at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 8 at Martin Stadium in Evanston, Ill.