September 14, 2018

Ohio State Opens B1G Play at Penn State Sunday

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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 BASICS
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.

KICKING OFF

  • Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win in a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26 in Columbus.
  • Last time out, Ohio State and Bowling Green battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw Tuesday night in Columbus.
  • 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.
  • The Buckeyes have had nine members make their OSU debuts this season. Ohio State has had a different backline start in four of the five matches.
  • 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.
  • The Buckeyes are averaging 11.7 shots per game and 0.0 goals per game this season. The team has a shot on goal percentage of .357.
  • Jake Scheper and Joshua Jackson-Ketchup each have scored this year.
  • Michael Prosuk leads the Buckeyes with 15 shots, while Scheper has 11 shots, including a team-high five on target.
  • Ohio State has had a 34-26 lead in corners.

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.

THE SERIES
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.

THE NEWCOMERS
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 ($).

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Northwestern meet Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.