September 16, 2019

Buckeyes Complete 4-Game Road Swing at USF


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COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s soccer team traveled to Tampa, Florida, Monday for a road game vs. South Florida Tuesday (7 p.m.). The game is the fourth-consecutive contest away from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 4-1 Buckeyes.

South Florida is 3-1-0 on the year heading into the game against the Buckeyes Tuesday in Tampa. The Bulls fell to then-No. 1 and defending national champion Maryland, 1-0, in the season opener in College Park. USF then won a pair of home games against Marquette (2-1) and vs. No. 5 Louisville (2-0) before a road win over Lipscomb last Friday (3-1).

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Junior transfer Joe Ortiz, a defender from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 10 after a productive weekend at the Dayton Classic. He scored the game winner in overtime vs. Dayton Sept. 6 in a 1-0 Ohio State win and then assisted on the Buckeyes first goal Sept. 8 in a 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois.

The Buckeyes earned their second road win of the season in Ohio last Friday at Bowling Green, 2-1 over the No. 25 Falcons. Ohio State had not won two intrastate road contests since 1997 when the Buckeyes won at Xavier (3-1), at Cleveland State (1-0) and at Cincinnati (1-0). The Buckeyes also played at Dayton that year to open the season (L, 0-2).

Three Buckeyes were named to the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors list, the league office announced Aug. 27. Parker Siegfried, a senior goalkeeper, Jake Scheper, a senior midfielder and CC Uche, a senior defender, all made the list from Ohio State’s 2019 roster.

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 Penn State. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

The Ohio State men’s soccer team will make
one appearance on national television this fall. The Buckeyes will be seen on the Big Ten Network Oct. 6 at Rutgers. All other home matches will be on BTN Plus ($).

• Ohio State, 4-1, is playing its second season under head coach Brian Maisonneuve.
• Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray defeated No. 25 Bowling Green last Friday. The Falcons scored early in the 3rd minute but Devyn Etling notched the equalizer in the 30th minute for a 1-all tie at the break. Etling then assisted Jack Holland in the 64th minute for the game-winner..
• The Buckeyes scored first in each of the first four games this season and won three of the four. Bowling Green scored first the last time out but Ohio State scored the next two to win 2-1 vs. the No. 25 Falcons.
• Six Buckeyes have scored to date this season with senior Jack Holland and junior Devyn Etling each scoring three times. Junior Matteo Bennati, junior Joe Ortiz, senior Jake Scheper and sophomore Luis Hernandez each have a goal this season. Holland has three of Ohio State’s eight assists on the year. Etling leads the team in shots taken with 15. Bennati has 10 attempts.
• Senior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried has a pair of shutouts this season to bring his career total to 14. Siegfried held opponents scoreless for 258 minutes between a second-half goal by CSUN and a second-half tally by Eastern Illinois.
• The Buckeyes have been putting the pressure on opposing keepers this year with a total of 74 shots on the year. Foes have 44 shots.
• Ohio State, 4-1, has not had a better start to a season since 2010 when the Buckeyes were 4-0 to start the year. Ohio State finished 11-8-3 that year and made the NCAA Tournament. The last time Ohio State started 3-1 was 2017 when the Buckeyes opened the year 7-1 and finished 8-10-1.
• Head coach Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win with a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26, 2018 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.

South Florida is 2-0 all-time against the Buckeyes. The teams first met Sept. 16, 2010 at the Florida Golf Coast Classic. The Bulls won that game 2-1. The teams met a year ago in Columbus, a 1-0 USF victory Sept. 7, 2018.

The 2019 Rookies
Five true freshmen arrived over the summer to join Brian Maisonneuve’s second edition of Ohio State men’s soccer. Brayden Durbin (Midfielder: Pickerington, Ohio), Channing Chasten (Forward: Queen Creek, Arizona), Tommy Marusic (Defender: Concord, Ohio), Sean Ryan(Defender: Chatham, New Jersey) and Owen Sullivan (Defender: San Antonio, Texas) have donned the Scarlet and Gray for the first time this season as collegiate rookies. Marusic inked with the Buckeyes in April. The others signed during the November 2018 signing period.
Durbin and Chasten have played to date with Durbin playing in all five games while Chasten has made two appearances.
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Freshmen…
“As a staff we are very excited about these student-athletes,” Maisonneuve said. “Not only are they our first class as a coaching staff, but they represent the type of soccer players and young men that we want in our program. All four possess high character and will help us continue to build the Ohio State Soccer program. On the field, they are a versatile class with a high soccer IQ and we are very excited to see them develop, both on and off the field.”

FIve Transfer to Ohio State
The Buckeyes welcomed sophomore Matteo Bennati (Forward; Genova, Italy), redshirt sophomore Samuel Buzzas (Defender; Bend, Ore.), redshirt freshman Luis Hernandez (Defender; Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Luke Kiley (Forward, Dublin, Ohio) to the start of spring practice and then junior Joe Ortiz (Defender: Albuquerque, N.M.) during fall camp.
All five have made contributions to date this season. Bennati has a goal and an assist, Ortiz had the game-winner in overtime at Dayton and also has an assist and Hernandez scored in the Eastern Illinois game. Kiley and Buzzas have both appeared in all five games.
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Transfers…
“We are really excited about the four transfers that we had join us in January with Matteo from Belmont, Samuel from Xavier, Luis from Kentucky and Luke from Georgetown,” Maisonneuve said. “They add a lot of experience to our roster and some positional needs. All of them are great student-athletes. I couldn’t be happier to have them on the roster to help build our culture and continue to grow and develop this program…Joe has a tremendous work rate and covers a ton of ground. Joe is versatile and can play a few different spots.”

A Look at the 2019 Schedule
Three College Cup opponents, all from the Big Ten Conference are just a few of the seven total teams on Ohio State’s 2019 schedule that played in the NCAA Tournament last year. Defending national champion Maryland, Michigan State and Indiana all played in the College Cup a season ago. The Buckeyes travel to Michigan State (Oct. 19), host the Terrapins (Oct. 25) and travel to Indiana (Oct. 29).
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Schedule
“Our 2019 schedule is loaded with talented teams,” Maisonneuve said. “We start playing against a very tough west coast opponent in CSUN and then battle a UIC team that has a strong tradition of NCAA Tournament appearances. The Big Ten Conference is always one of the best in the country. We had three teams make the College Cup last year and the league will be even tougher this year. We have eight homes games at the Jesse against some of the most dynamic and entertaining teams in college soccer.”

Head coach Brian Maisonneuve is in his second year as head coach of the Buckeyes. Maisonneuve came 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.