September 20, 2016

Ohio State Hosts Valparaiso Wednesday Night

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Sept. 20, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will play host to Valparaiso at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  The contest vs. the Crusaders will be the 15th-annual Connor Senn Memorial Match.

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Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m. ET – Valparaiso at Ohio State – BTN Plus ($) / GameTracker 

PDF: Ohio State Notes 

CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL FUND
Cash donations will be accepted for the event that 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. 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. For more info, click here.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State defeated Rutgers, 3-1, last Sunday in Columbus. Nate Kohl, Austin Bergstrom and Abdi Mohamed each scored their second goals of the season in the victory. The Buckeyes posted a season-high seven points with 16 shots, including a season-best eight shots on target.

SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES

  •  Ohio State enters Wednesday’s match with Valparaiso with an overall record of 2-5 on the season after defeating Rutgers, 3-1, last Sunday.
  •  The Buckeyes dominated the first half with an 11-2 lead in shots to jump out to a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
  •  Abdi Mohamed, Austin Bergstrom, Nate Kohl each have collected a pair of goals, while Ben Fitzpatrick has registered one goal. Danny Jensen leads the team with two assists.
  • Parker Siegfried was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last Tuesday after earning his first collegiate shutout vs. the Wildcats. Siegfried is 2-5 with a .621 save percentage.
  •  The OSU defense has limited opponents to 1.57 goals per game.
  •  The Buckeyes have a 40-26 lead in corners through seven matches.
  •  The Scarlet and Gray are looking to win their third straight home game on Wednesday and first victory in a non-conference matchup this season.
  • Ohio State returns seven starters from the 2015 squad that won the Big Ten regular season championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The 2015 Buckeyes began the season 1-4 before going on the run to its fourth league title in school history.
  •  The Buckeyes were picked third in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
  •  Bergstrom, Jensen and Mohamed were each named on the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List.
  •  Ohio State was ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA preseason poll.
  •  The Scarlet and Gray welcomed nine new faces this fall. The Buckeyes incoming recruiting class was ranked No. 4 by College Soccer news – the highest rated recruiting class in program history.

MOHAMED BRILLIANT AGAIN
Abdi Mohamed’s fantastic free kick goal vs. Rutgers on Sunday was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s College Goal of the Week list. The sophomore midfielder struck a shot from 25 yards out and curled it into the top left of goal for an insurance score for the Buckeyes midway through the second half vs. the Scarlet Knights. It marked the second straight game Mohamed scored off a free kick from distance after scoring his first goal of the year at Penn State Sept. 13.

A LOOK AT VALPARAISO  

  • Valparaiso enters the match with the Buckeyes with an overall record of 2-1-2 on the season.
  •  Last time out, the Crusaders won a road contest at Belmont, 2-1, in Nashville, Tenn. The squad is 1-1-1 in road games this season.
  •  Isaiah Madrid leads the team with four goals and two assists followed by Nelson Landaverde and Ramone Howell has a pair of goals on the season.
  •  Nico Campbell is 2-1-2 overall with 11 saves and .647 save percentage.
  •  Valparaiso is guided by 10th-year head coach Mike Avery.

OHIO STATE VS. THE CRUSADERS  

  •  The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. Valpo, 4-0-2.
  •  The two teams played two a double overtime scoreless draw in the last meeting during the 2011 campaign.
  • Ohio State defeated the Crusaders, 1-0, during the 2010 meeting in Columbus.

OHIO STATE AND RUTGERS TEAM UP AT KIDS KICKING CANCER
The Ohio State and Rutgers men’s soccer teams took part in the Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer last Sunday morning at the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The program encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Members of the team took part with the participants by help running the skills session.

EXPERIENCED BACK LINE
Three of the Buckeyes’ four backs have combined to start in 174 career matches. Senior co-captain Tyler Kidwell leads all active Buckeyes with 64 career nods followed by senior co-captain Austin Bergstrom (57) and junior Hunter Robertson (52). Bergstrom led all Buckeyes with 2,135 minutes played in 2015. Robertson, from Westerville, Ohio, has not missed a start since joining the team in 2014.

WIN ON B1G OPENING NIGHT
The Buckeyes won their first game of the season in a 1-0 win over Northwestern Sept. 9 in Columbus. After a scoreless first-half, senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick scored in the 50th minute for the eventual game-winner, while redshirt freshman Parker Siegfried tallied his first collegiate shutout. The Buckeyes improved to 14-6 all-time in Big Ten openers under head coach John Bluem.

FITZPATRICK SCORES FIRST GOAL
In his fourth appearance as a Buckeye, Ben Fitzpatrick scored his first career game-winner in the second half of the 1-0 win over Northwestern. The scoring chance started when Fitzpatrick tucked in and found a gap and received a pass from forward Danny Jensen. The OSU midfielder found space and smacked a shot off the hands of Northwestern keeper Francisco Tomasino and into the back right of net at 49:14.

SIEGFRIED EARNS FIRST CAREER SHUTOUT
Redshirt freshman Parker Siegfried made two saves and denied the Wildcats on several opportunities throughout the entire 90 minutes of play to claim his first collegiate shutout. Siegfried became the first Buckeye redshirt freshman to earn a shutout since Matt Lampson registered nine clean slates during his Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year campaign.

NIKE CLASSIC INVITATIONAL RECAP
Ohio State fell in two games at the Nike Classic Invitational over Labor Day weekend in Oregon. The Buckeyes fell, 2-0, at Portland before dropping a 2-1 double overtime loss at Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Nate Kohl scored his first career goal in the loss vs. the Beavers. Kohl and sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed were each named to the All-Tournament team.

WOLSTEIN CLASSIC REWIND
Ohio State went 0-2-0 in in its opening tournament of the 11th edition of the Wolstein Classic Aug. 26-28, dropping two matches in extra time against Virginia Tech and No. 13 UCSB. Virginia Tech won the tournament with a 2-0-0 mark. Senior defender Austin Bergstrom and sophomore Abdi Mohamed were each named to the All-Tournament Team.

KIDWELL, BERGSTROM NAMED CAPTAINS
Senior defenders Tyler Kidwell and Austin Bergstrom were each named captains, head coach John Bluem announced this week. Kidwell, from Dublin, Ohio, is a two-time captain and has appeared in 66 games with 64 career starts in the OSU backline. Kidwell has put together back-to-back season of 2,000 minutes on the field and is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. Bergstrom, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a first time captain after walking on the team back in 2013. He has made 57 starts with 61 career appearances as a defender, collecting 2,135 minutes of action a year ago.  

THE NEWCOMERS
Head Coach John Bluem and his staff welcomed nine new faces to its 2016 roster – Andrew Lombard, Brady Blackwell, Niall Logue, Ben Fitzpatrick, Leo Kossaka, Jack Holland, Michael Dichlian, Matt Appel and Brennon Davis. After sitting out last year due to transfer rules, Nate Kohl also is ready to make an impact in the Buckeye lineup.

HOME COOKING
Ohio State holds a 105-41-25 record (.692) — 10-2-2 last season – in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last four seasons. The 10 home wins in 2015 broke the school record for home victories in a season. The team also had a nine-match home win streak, which was the second-longest stretch of consecutive wins in program history.

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. 9 against Northwestern. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will make at least two appearances on BTN this season. Eleven additional regular season games will be streamed online through BTN Plus with one remaining home game on BuckeyeVision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes host Michigan State Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. live on BTN. The squad also will appear on BTN at Maryland Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The semifinals and final of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 11-13 also will be shown live on BTN.

THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-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. He has collected a 195-41-56 record at Ohio State and 59-46-12 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. Bluem’s career record sits at 281-173-67 (.541) and has claimed four conference coach of the year awards (most by an active B1G coach). He is assisted by third-year assistant coach Ian Gordona, who has been named one of the top assistant coaches in the country the last two years by College Soccer News. Gordona also is the recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet and Gray. Joining the staff this past summer was assistant coach Adam Perron, who will be coaching the Buckeye goalkeepers this fall.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to face Bowling Green at 7 p.m. ET Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.