September 12, 2016

Buckeyes Hit the Road to Penn State Tuesday Night


Sept. 12, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a victorious Big Ten opener last Friday, Ohio State men’s soccer team continues a stretch of three-consecutive conference games at Penn State at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes (1-4, 1-0 B1G) shut out Northwestern in their league opener, while the Nittany Lions (2-2-1, 0-0 B1G) are set to conclude a four-game homestand after falling to Saint Francis, 3-1, last Friday at Jeffrey Field.  

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Tuesday, Sept. 13
7 p.m. ET – Ohio State at Penn State – BTN Plus ($) / GameTracker

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  •  The Buckeyes return to the field after shutting out Northwestern, 1-0, last Friday in Columbus.
  •  The contest vs. Penn State is the second of three straight Big Ten matches. Ohio State hosts Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
  •  Nate Kohl and Ben Fitzpatrick each have one goal apiece, while Danny Jensen and Marcus McCrary each have one assist.
  • Parker Siegfried is 1-4 with a .714 save percentage. He earned his first collegiate shutout vs. the Wildcats.
  • Three of the Buckeyes’ five games have gone to overtime. The OSU defense has limited opponents to 1.50 goals per game.
  •  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 its fourth league title in school history.
  • The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in senior forward Danny Jensen, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 18 points (6g, 6a) a year ago. Seniors forward Christian Soldat (5g, 1a) and Yaw Amankwa (2g, 6a) return as well as Mohamed (3g, 3a), who was named to the All-Freshman squad.
  • The Buckeyes were picked third in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
  • Senior back Austin Bergstrom was joined by Jensen and Mohamed 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.

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.

Penn State opens Big Ten play vs. the Buckeyes after a 2-2-1 start to the 2016 campaign. The Nittany Lions began the fall with a double overtime draw at No. 1 Stanford. After two wins against James Madison and Oakland, Penn State fell, 3-1, against Saint Francis Sept. 9. Penn State has scored five goals led by Connor Maloney with three goals. Arie Ammann is 2-2-0 with a .706 save percentage. The contest vs. the Buckeyes is the fourth-annual Mack Brady Match, which honors Brady, who passed away due to unexpected blood infection at the age of eight. Penn State is 13-9-3 in its Big Ten openers since joining the conference in the 1991 season.

Penn State leads the all-time series, 17-13-4. However, Ohio State holds a 6-4-2 advantage in the last 12 meetings vs. the Nittany Lions. Last time out, the Buckeyes took down Penn State, 1-0, in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus. Kyle Culbertson scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute as the Buckeyes set the school record for home wins in a single season (10).

Nov. 8, 2015 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 0 (OT)
Sept. 20, 2015 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 1 (2OT)
Sept. 21, 2014 – Penn State 1, Ohio State 0
Nov. 2, 2013 – Ohio State 1, Penn State 0 (2OT)
Oct. 28, 2012 – Ohio State 4, Penn State 4 (2OT)

In his fourth appearance as a Buckeye, Ben Fitzpatrick helped the Buckeyes rebound after a 0-4 start on the season, scoring his first career game-winner in the second half of the 1-0 win over Northwestern. The scoring chance started when Fitzpatrick tucked in and found a gap and received a pass from forward Danny Jensen. The OSU midfielder found space and smacked a shot off the hands of Northwestern keeper Francisco Tomasino and into the back right of net at 49:14.

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. Siegfried has made 15 saves this season with a .714 save percentage. 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.

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.

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.

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 59 starts with 55 career appearances as a defender, collecting 2,135 minutes of action a year ago, while registering three points on one goal and a pair of assists.

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.

Ohio State holds a 104-41-25 record (.692) — 10-2-2 last season – in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last four seasons. The 10 home wins in 2015 broke the school record for home victories in a season. The team also had a nine-match home win streak, which was the second-longest stretch of consecutive wins in program history.

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.

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 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.

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 194-40-56 record at Ohio State and 67-65-13 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. Bluem’s career record sits at 280-172-67 (.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.

Ohio State welcomes Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).