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Aug. 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio –

The Ohio State men’s soccer team reported for preseason camp Tuesday and began training Wednesday under sunny and clear skies on the upper practice fields. A total of 24 players, including 21 field players and three goalkeepers, were active for the first day of practice, which consisted of a pair of two-hour sessions.

Among the 24 are seven players new to the Scarlet & Gray, a group 15-year head coach John Bluem was quick to point out after the first session has the potential to contribute right away. Listen to Bluem’s comments on the rookie class, as well as his thoughts on the open day of training here:

The Buckeyes will continue with two-a-day practices for the next two weeks, with the exception of exhibition match days Aug. 17 vs. Wright State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and Aug. 21 against Denver in Fort Wayne, Ind. They open the regular season at the Penn State Classic Aug. 27-29 against American and Siena. Ohio State does so as the No. 15 team in the country, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll released earlier this week. There are five Big Ten teams in the Top 25 and six of the Buckeyes’ scheduled opponents for the upcoming season. For the complete poll, visit the NSCAA here.