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Oct. 31, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior midfielder Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) was named the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Rohrer’s defensive work in the midfield last Friday against Northwestern, ranked No. 6 in the region, helped hold the Wildcats to just eight total shots in a 2-1 Ohio State win.

“Brent has had an excellent year as our defensive midfielder,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “His closing speed in midfield is exceptional and his work rate is fantastic. Brent is very deserving of the honor because as you talk about a defensive player of the week, it doesn’t have to be a defender or a goalkeeper. It can be a midfielder and Brent is certainly a big key to our team.”

Rohrer also was involved in the Ohio State offense against Northwestern, with two shots in the game, including one on goal.

Rohrer has started 16 games this season and has played in all 17 despite battling a leg injury. He has one goal on the season, an overtime game-winner at Wisconsin Oct. 2 to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 win. Rohrer’s 1,226 minutes played are most among OSU midfielders and are sixth-most on the team.

Since arriving at Ohio State, Rohrer has played in all 58 games and has started all but four of those contests. He owns two goals and four assists in his career.

In its final regular season game, Ohio State hosts Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes travel to the Big Ten tournament next week, hosted by Northwestern.

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