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Nov. 12, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach John Bluem of the Ohio State men’s soccer team was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year, while five Buckeyes earned Big Ten season awards, the conference office announced Wednesday night on the BTN Soccer Report. Junior back Liam Doyle was named a first team All-Big Ten selection, while senior midfielder Yianni Sarris earned second team All-Big Ten honors. In addition, freshman forward Marcus McCrary and freshman back Hunter Robertson were each selected to the All-Freshman Team.Ohio State’s all-time wins leader with 180 victories in his 18th season, coach Bluem collects his fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year Award (1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014).

 Notes on Coach Bluem:

·         Bluem’s four coach of the year awards is the most by active Big Ten coaches and is the second-most all-time (since 1991).

·         Guided the Buckeyes to a tie for second place in the Big Ten regular-season standings with a 5-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after Ohio State was picked last in the Big Ten men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll.

·         Bluem’s career record stands at 266-159-64 for a .609 winning percentage and a holds Top 35 position among active NCAA coaches in both numbers of victories and percentage.

·         Has led the Buckeyes back to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2009 when he was last voted coach of the year.

Doyle, a native of Isle of Man, U.K., picks up his first career All-Big Ten selection in his first season in the Scarlet and Gray as a center back. The anchor to the Buckeye backline standing at 6-4, Doyle has started in all 19 games, collecting five goals, including three goals in Big Ten games, which is tied for third in the conference. Doyle has been a dangerous threat on set pieces for Ohio State, scoring two goals on free kicks, while netting three goals on penalty kicks. He’s one of six different players on the team with gamewinning goals, leading the way with three netters.

Sarris, from Mentor, Ohio, earns his first career All-Big Ten laurel on the second team. The OSU midfielder has had a breakout season, leading the team with a season-high 14 points on five goals and a team-best four assists. Sarris is tied for eighth in the Big Ten in points, seventh in goals and tenth in assists (4).  In 44 games played with 29 career starts, Sarris has notched 22 points (7g, 8a) in three years in the Scarlet and Gray.

McCrary, a native of Madison, Wis., is one of the top upcoming forwards in the conference, and was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman squad. One of the quickest attacking players in the league, McCrary has collected five points on a pair of goals and an assist and guided the team to a road victory at Wisconsin in front of his hometown crowd with a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over the Badgers Oct. 18. He scored his first career goal in the 14th minute in a home win over Michigan State to give the Buckeyes the early lead Oct. 4 in Columbus. McCrary has played in 18 games this season with 11 starts.

Robertson, a Westerville, Ohio, native and Columbus Crew Academy product, has started in all 19 games in his first year with the Buckeyes. The OSU back has been a consistent, strong defensive player and has been a key piece to the Buckeyes’ backline, while also taking the majority of the team’s corner kicks. Robertson has helped the Buckeyes limit opponents to 0.89 goals per game and has been a part of seven shutouts this season.

Junior co-captain Zach Mason received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State. A constant presence in the midfield, the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar has started in all 56 games the last three seasons, which leads all active Buckeyes.

Click the link above for the complete list of the 2014 Big Ten award winners. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes are set to face No. 6 seed Indiana at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament in College Park, Md. The match will be broadcasted live on BTN.