COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team opens Big Ten play on the road at Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes (1-4-1) return to action after tying Bowling Green, 1-1, in double overtime Tuesday in Columbus. The match vs. the Nittany Lions (1-4-0) will be the first true road match of the 2018 season.
The match 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.
Battled for 110 last night 💪
— OhioStateMensSoccer (@OhioStateMSOC) September 12, 2018
A NEW ERA OF OSU MEN’S SOCCER
Head coach Brian Maisonneuve is in his first year as head coach of the Buckeyes. 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State tied Bowling Green in double overtime, 1-1, last Tuesday in Columbus. Ohio State broke a scoring drought in the second half when Joshua Jackson-Ketchup buried his first goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Jacob Goyen collected his first career assist on the scoring play. However, the Falcons found an equalizer with nine seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Parker Siegfried finished the match with four saves.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions (1-4-0) are led by first-year head coach Jeff Cook. Their lone win came against Bowling Green in a 1-0 home victory Aug. 28 at Jeffrey Field. Penn State will be well rested as the team’s match vs. High Point was cancelled on Tuesday. Jeremy Rafanello has scored a pair of goals, while goalkeeper Josh Levine has a 1.17 goals-against average with 19 saves this season.
Penn State leads the all-time series vs. the Nittany Lions, 18-14-4. Last season, the Buckeyes won, 3-0, in Columbus. Mitch Bergman scored his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute.
IN BIG TEN OPENERS
Ohio State is 21-6-0 in Big Ten regular season openers since 1991.
Head coach Brian Maisonneuve and his staff welcomed a total of seven new faces to the 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 ($).
Ohio State and Northwestern meet Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.