September 23, 2016

Ohio State Travels to Bowling Green Saturday Night

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Sept. 23, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will travel to face Bowing Green at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cochrane Soccer Stadium.  The Buckeyes (3-5) have won three of their last four matches heading into the contest vs. the Falcons (5-2-1), who are unbeaten at home this season with a 4-0-1 mark.

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Saturday, Sept. 24
7 p.m. ET – Ohio State at Bowling Green – ESPN3 / Live Stats

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State took down Valparaiso, 4-1, on Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team was led by Danny Jensen who posted his first career hat trick to go along with one assist, while Nate Kohl also found the back of the net with one goal and one assist. It marked the Buckeyes’ third consecutive win at home after defeating Rutgers, 3-1, last Sunday in Columbus.

SOME NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES

  •  Ohio State enters Saturday’s match with a 3-5 overall record. The Buckeyes are seeking their first road win of the season.
  •  Danny Jensen leads the team with nine points (3g, 3a) followed by Nate Kohl (3g, 1a) and Abdi Mohamed (2g, 1a). Mohamed has collected all five points in the past three games.
  •  Parker Siegfried was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last Tuesday after earning his first collegiate shutout vs. Northwestern. Siegfried is 3-5 with a .667 save percentage.
  •  The OSU defense has limited opponents to 1.50 goals per game and 12.4 shots per game.
  • The Buckeyes have a 44-33 lead in corners through eight matches.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have scored seven goals in the past two games.
  • 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 their 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.
  •  Austin 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.

A LOOK AT BOWLING GREEN

  •  Bowling Green enters the match with a 5-2-1 overall record this season. The Falcons have not lost a match at Cochrane Soccer Stadium, securing a 4-0-1 record.
  •  Last time out, Bowling Green battled Dayton to a 1-1 double overtime draw Sept. 20. The Falcons have outscored their opponents, 13-2, in five home matches.
  •  Pat Flynn leads the team with nine points (3g, 3a) followed by Chris Brennan (4g, 0a) and Joe Sullivan (3g, 1a).
  •  Goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia is 5-2-1 with a .848 save percentage. He has collected four shutouts this season.
  • The team is returning eight starters from the squad that finished 9-9-1 overall a year ago.

OHIO STATE VS. THE FALCONS

  •  Bowling Green leads the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 24-16-3. However, Ohio State has won nine of the last 12 meetings against the Falcons.
  •  Last season, Ohio State won 2-1 with three seconds remaining in the second overtime. Christian Soldat net the game-winning goal at 109:57. Austin Bergstrom also scored his first collegiate goal.
  •  Soldat also scored a goal in the 3-0 win during the 2014 edition.

FORMER BUCKEYE GREAT, NOW BGSU ASSISTANT COACH 
Former Buckeye captain Zach Mason is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Falcons. Mason was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes from 2012-15, collecting 82 career nods in the midfield. Last season, Mason guided the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten title and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. He was the winner of the 2015 Senior CLASS Award.

LAST TIME OUT
Danny Jensen recorded his first collegiate hat trick as the Buckeyes took down Valparaiso, 4-1, on Wednesday night. Nate Kohl scored the fourth Buckeye goal to go along with an assist, while Christian Soldat recorded two assists. Ben Fitzpatrick and Abdi Mohamed registered an assist in the team’s third straight home win of the year. In all, the Buckeyes collected a season-high 14 points in the box score. Parker Siegfried picked up his third win of the year, tying his season-high with six saves in the 15th-annual Connor Senn Memorial Match.

JENSEN’S HAT TRICK
Danny Jensen became the first Buckeye in four years to collect a hat trick since Austin McAnena scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Butler during the 2012 season. Jensen also became the first Buckeye to score seven points in one game in recent history (since 2001). He scored two goals in the opening half vs. the Crusaders before striking a third goal in the 50th minute.

JENSEN CLIMBING CAREER SCORING LISTS
With his seven points vs. Valparaiso, Danny Jensen jumped to eighth on the OSU career points list (48), passing former Buckeye Chris Hegngi (2009-12). Jensen is now tied with Hegngi for ninth the OSU career goals list (18). He is tied for 10th on the OSU career assists list with Geoff Marsh (2005-08) with 13 helpers.

MOHAMED HEATING UP  
Abdi Mohamed’s fantastic free kick goal vs. Rutgers last 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. Last time out, he picked up the assist on Jensen’s first goal. He leads the team with a three-game point streak (2g, 1a) heading into the road match vs. the Falcons.

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 weekend 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 176 career matches. Senior co-captain Tyler Kidwell leads all active Buckeyes with 64 career nods followed by senior co-captain Austin Bergstrom (58) and junior Hunter Robertson (53). 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, KOHL SCORE FIRST BUCKEYE GOALS
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. Nate Kohl, a junior transfer from Michigan, scored his first collegiate goal in a double overtime loss at Oregon State Sept. 5 in Corvallis, Ore.

SIEGFRIED EARNS B1G DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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 and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. 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 58 starts with 62 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.

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 196-41-56 record at Ohio State and 59-46-12 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. Bluem’s career record sits at 282-173-68 (.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 SIUE at 7 p.m. ET Sept. 28 at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.