Sept. 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team hosts Penn State at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus with a 1-1-2 overall record. The match vs. Penn State will be televised live on BTN. Dean Linke (play-by-play) and Glenn Crooks (analyst) will have the call.
SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES
ROAD WIN IN EVANSTON
The Buckeyes got off to a strong start to open Big Ten play with a 1-0 road win at Northwestern Sept. 8. 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.
We weren't lying to you. @HunnerRobertson first career goal was a 🚀!!
— OhioStateMensSoccer (@OhioState_MSOC) September 9, 2017
BIG TEN RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are tied for first in the conference in shutouts (4) and fourth in goals-against average (0.60). Joshua Jackson-Ketchup is tied for first in the league in goals per game (0.60) and second in points per game (1.20). Parker Siegfried is tied for first in the conference in shutouts (4) and fourth in goals-against average (0.60).
FOUR SHUTOUTS IN 2017
All four wins this year have been shutouts, including three at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes opened the season with a 1-0 win over Pitt Aug. 25 before claiming back-to-back clean sheets in 2-0 victories over Lehigh Sept. 1 and Wright State Sept. 4. The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten and eighth in the country in shutout percentage (0.75).
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions travel to Columbus with a 1-1-2 overall record. Last time out, Penn State defeated Saint Francis, 1-0, in double overtime in University Park, Pa. Aaron Molloy has a pair of goals this year, while Evan Finney is 1-1-2 with a 0.64 goals-against average. Penn State leads the all-time series, 18-13-4. However, Ohio State holds a 6-5-2 advantage in the last 13 meetings vs. the Nittany Lions.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Nov. 13, 2016 – Penn State 4, Ohio State 2
Nov. 8, 2015 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 0 (OT)
Sept. 20, 2015 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 1 (2OT)
Sept. 21, 2014 – Penn State 1, Ohio State 0
Nov. 2, 2013 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 0 (2OT)
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 Tuesday. 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. Jackson-Ketchup is tied for the conference lead in goals (3) and goals per game (0.75). Siegfried, from Granville, Ohio, chalked up back-to-back clean shutouts to improve to 3-1 on the year. He made three saves in the win over the Mountain Hawks and had two stops against the Raiders. Siegfried now has six shutouts in his career, including three this fall. He is fourth in the league in goals-against average (0.75).
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.
Ohio State holds a 110-45-26 record (.679) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including 14 victories in the last two seasons.
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 288-182-69 (.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 continues Big Ten play at Rutgers Sept. 17 in Piscataway, N.J.