September 15, 2016

Ohio State Meets Rutgers Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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Sept. 15, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team looks to rebound when the team hosts Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  The Buckeyes (1-5, 1-1 B1G) fell on the road at Penn State on Tuesday night, 4-2, but will play four of the next five matches at home in Columbus with the hopes of finding momentum to close out the month of September. The Scarlet Knights (0-5, 0-2 B1G) travel to the Buckeye state after dropping a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 4 Maryland.

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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State fell to Penn State, 4-2, Tuesday night in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes held a 12-7 lead in shots and 8-1 advantage in corners. Abdi Mohamed and Austin Bergstrom each scored their first goals of the season.

SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES

  • The Buckeyes are 1-1 in conference play, winning the Big Ten opener over Northwestern, 1-0, last Friday in Columbus before dropping the road midweek contest vs. the Nittany Lions.
  •  Abdi Mohamed, Austin Bergstrom, Nate Kohl and Ben Fitzpatrick each have one goal apiece, while Danny Jensen and Marcus McCrary each have one assist.
  • Parker Siegfried was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after earning his first collegiate shutout vs. the Wildcats.
  • The OSU defense has limited opponents to 1.67 goals per game.
  • The Buckeyes have a 37-24 lead in corners 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 Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in senior forward Danny Jensen, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 18 points (6g, 6a) a year ago. Seniors forward Christian Soldat (5g, 1a) and Yaw Amankwa (2g, 6a) return as well as Mohamed (3g, 3a), who was named to the All-Freshman squad.
  •  The Buckeyes were picked third in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
  •  Senior back Austin Bergstrom was joined by Jensen and Mohamed 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.

A LOOK AT RUTGERS
The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play this season. Four of the five losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 20. Rutgers fell in its Big Ten opener at Michigan State, 4-0, Sept. 9. Dante Perez has the only goal on the year, scoring the equalizer in the 27th minute at No. 4 Maryland Sept. 13. Goalkeeper David Greczek made eight saves vs. the Terrapins, which matched his season high after registering eight stops against No. 7 Creighton to open the season.

OHIO STATE VS. THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Ohio State is 2-1 all-time vs. Rutgers. The two teams split a pair of games during the 2015 campaign. Rutgers snapped the Buckeyes’ school-record eight-match win streak with a 1-0 win Oct. 25 in Piscataway, N.J. The Buckeyes then shut out the Scarlet Knights, 4-0, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 in Columbus. Abdi Mohamed, Danny Jensen, Christian Soldat and Alex Nichols each scored goals.  

JERSEY NATIVE
Andrew Lombard is the lone Buckeye on the roster from the state of New Jersey. Lombard, from Montclair, N.J., has started in five games, collecting two shots in 417 minutes of play. Lombard, who transferred from Northeastern, trained with the U-20 team this past summer and was named to the Top 100 list by Top Drawer Soccer (#43).

ABOUT KIDS KICKING CANCER
Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer will be held 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 this morning by help running the skills session. Today, approximately 50 children will be part of the rally line and will walk out with the Buckeye starters before kickoff.

EXPERIENCED BACK LINE
Three of the Buckeyes’ four backs have combined to start in 171 career matches. Senior co-captain Tyler Kidwell leads all active Buckeyes with 64 career nods followed by senior co-captain Austin Bergstrom (56) and junior Hunter Robertson (51). 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 has made 15 saves this season with a .714 save percentage. 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 56 starts with 60 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 104-41-25 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 194-143-56 record at Ohio State and 67-65-13 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. Bluem’s career record sits at 280-173-67 (.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 hosts Valparaiso at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).