September 5, 2018

Ohio State Hosts USF, Bowling Green in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team returns home for two matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (1-3) host USF (0-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday before taking on Bowling Green (1-2-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Columbus. The match Friday night will follow the Ohio State women’s soccer game against FGCU (5 p.m.).

THE BASICS
Both matches will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can follow Buckeyes with updates on twitter via @OhioState_MSOC. Links can be found on the OSU men’s soccer schedule page.

DID YOU KNOW?
• Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win in a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26 in Columbus.
• The Buckeyes have had nine members make their OSU debuts this season. Thirteen members played in both games at the Wolstein Classic. Ohio State has had a different backline start in three of the four matches.
• Maisonneuve was associate head coach at Indiana University, guiding the team to the 2012 NCAA national title. He was a member of the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004.
• Ohio State returns six starters from the 2017 squad and welcomes seven newcomers. The Buckeyes lost seven letterwinners and five starters from the team that finished 8-10-1 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
• The Buckeyes were picked tied for sixth with Penn State in the Big Ten preseason poll announced last week. Indiana was picked as the preseason favorite followed by Michigan State, Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin.
• Senior Brady Blackwell, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried and sophomore Will Hirschman were named to the Big Ten preseason honors list.
• Jake Scheper scored his first goal as a Buckeye last time out.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 11.0 shots per game and 0.25 goals per game this season. The team has a shot on goal percentage of .409.
• Michael Prosuk leads the Buckeyes with 10 shots, while Scheper has eight shots through four matches, including a team-high five on target.
• Ohio State has had a 24-15 lead in corners.
• Parker Siegfried earned his first shutout of the season and 11th of his career vs. the Pride. Three of the four members of the backline made their OSU debuts at the Wolsten Classic, including juniors CC Uche and Osman Fofanah and freshman Colin Lynch. Theo Alexis made his third and fourth career starts in the back field. Last time out, Jacob Goyen made his first collegiate start in the backline for the Buckeyes vs. Milwaukee Sept. 2.

A NEW ERA OF OSU MEN’S SOCCER
Head coach Brian Maisonneuve will lead the Buckeyes out on the field for the first time this weekend. Maisonneuve comes from Indiana University where he was associate head coach for the Hoosiers. As one of the top assistants in the country, Maisonneuve guided Indiana to the 2012 NCAA national title, a NCAA runner-up finish in 2017, the 2010 Big Ten regular season title as well as the 2013 Big Ten tournament championship. Maisonneuve, a native of Warren, Mich., was one of the top players in Indiana soccer history, winning the Hermann Trophy in 1994. He spent nine seasons with the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004 and was a member of the United States’ 1998 World Cup team. Maisonneuve is assisted by associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez, assistant coach Matt Foldesy and director of operations Chad Barson.

A LOOK BACK AT DAYTON TOURNAMENT
Ohio State battled, but fell in two 1-0 losses at the Dayton Tournament last weekend. The Buckeyes fell, 1-0, against Marshall Aug. 31. The Herd scored the lone goal of the match in the second minute. Despite controlling play for the majority of the match, Ohio State could not find an equalizer as both sides played with 10 men for the final 35 minutes of the match. The Buckeyes dropped a 1-0 loss vs. Milwaukee last time out Sept. 2. Parker Siegfried made three saves in the match, while Jacob Goyen made his first career start and Christian Harter made his first collegiate appearance in the second half vs. the Panthers. For their efforts, Brady Blackwell and Joshua Jackson-Ketchup were named to the Dayton All-Tournament Team.

WOLSTEIN RECAP
Ohio State went 1-1-0 at the 13th annual Wolstein Classic last weekend in Columbus. The team fell, 2-0, in its opener vs. Furman Friday night before rebounding a 1-0 shutout victory over Hofstra last Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Jake Scheper scored the lone goal on the weekend on a penalty kick vs. the Pride in the 65th minute. The Buckeyes outshot Hofstra, 18-8, and had a 5-3 in corners. Junior CC Uche (two starts in defense) and freshman Xavier Green were each named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament team.

A LOOK AT USF
The Bulls travel to Columbus looking for their first win of 2018. USF has been battled-tested early as three of the four losses came from Top 25 opponents. USF lost, 1-0, at No. 7 Michigan State and, 2-0, at No. 21 Michigan to open the campaign. Last time out, the Bulls fell 2-1 at home vs. No. 20 Creighton. Tomasz Skublak scored the lone goal for the Bulls in the 65th minute. USF has collected 10.2 shots per game, while goalkeeper Harrison Devenish-Meares has made 14 saves with a 1.50 GAA.

SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons are 1-2-1 heading into the third weekend of play. Last time out, Bowling Green beat Western Illinois, 3-2, Sept. 2. in Macomb, Ill. Ebenezer Ackon leads the team with two goals, while Anthony Mwembia is 1-2-1 with seven saves this year.

THE SERIES
USF won the only meeting between the two schools during the 2010 campaign with a 2-1 victory Sept. 16, 2010, at the FGCU Classic. The Falcons lead the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 25-17-2. Last year, Ohio State beat Bowling Green, 1-0, in Columbus.

THE NEWCOMERS
Head coach Brian Maisonneuve and his staff welcomed a total of seven new faces to its 2018 roster. The incoming class is made up of two transfers and five freshmen – Osman Fofanah, CC Uche, Xavier Green, Cory DuBois, Colin Lynch, Chaise Thiel and Daniel Wee. After missing last year due to injury, redshirt junior transfer Jake Scheper and redshirt freshman Devyn Etling are ready to make an impact this fall.

FREE FOR ALL
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 10 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 21 against Northwestern. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

HOME BROADCAST SCHEDULE
The Ohio State men’s soccer team will make two appearances on national television this fall. The Buckeyes will be seen on ESPNU Sept. 25 at Michigan and BTN Sept. 30 at home against Rutgers. All other home matches will be on BTN Plus ($).