Oct. 15, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio- After suffering a tough loss at the hands of Penn State Sunday, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (8-4-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) will look to get back on track when it travels to Rochester, Mich. to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (5-4-2, 1-1-0 Mid-Continent Conference) at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a non-conference match-up.

Win Streak Snapped
Ohio State’s loss at Penn State Sunday snapped a six-game winning streak. A win over the Nittany Lions would have tied a team record for consecutive wins at seven. The Buckeyes have never won eight-consecutive games.

Scouting the Grizzlies
A young Oakland team made up of no seniors, three juniors, seven sophomores and 14 freshmen has played with much more experience and know-how than their age would suggest.

Eight of the eleven starters for the Grizzlies have started all of the team’s 11 games. That list is led on by sophomore Philip Braathen and freshman Doug Rice, who have led the charge offensively for Oakland this season. Braathen has posted 12 points (5 G, 2 A), while Rice has scored seven points on three goals and one assist, with two of his goals coming on penalty kicks.

Defensively the team is powered by the trio of Ryan Rzepka, Jason Perry and Brian Williams, who have led Oakland’s defense in allowing just 13 goals in 11 games.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Wiese has played impressive for the Grizzlies, playing every minute in goal thus far this season, posting a 1.11 goals-against-average and making 41 saves.

The team is seeking its third-consecutive MCC title.

Oakland Last Time Out
The IUPUI Jaguars marked just their second win of the season in 13 games Saturday Oct. 12 with a 2-1 victory over Oakland in Indianapolis, Ind. Oakland got on the board first in the 38th minute when Philip Braathan directed a free kick into the net from the top of the 18-yard box, to lead the game at halftime, 1-0. IUPUI would fight back, scoring twice in just six shots in the second half, tying the game in the 59th minute and taking the lead for good in the 82nd minute to win the contest, 2-1.

Oakland vs. The Big Ten
Oakland is a perfect 1-0 against Big Ten opponents so far this season. In the Grizzlies last home game, the team defeated Michigan State, 3-1, on Oct. 9. Oakland showered Michigan State goalkeeper Tyler Robinson with shots early and often, striking the Spartans with 17 shots in the first half and 23 in the game. Michigan State took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, but the Grizzlies, powered by two goals from freshman defender Chris Edwards, would score three times in the final 65 minutes of play to win the game.

The Series
Ohio State and Oakland will meet for the third time Wednesday. The Buckeyes have owned the Grizzlies thus far in the series, winning both previous meetings at a combined score of 5-1.

The teams last met in 2001 in Columbus, where John Tomiano’s penalty kick with just 3:55 remaining in the contest was the difference.

Oakland Head Coach Gary Parsons
Gary Parsons is a fixture in the Oakland University men’s soccer program. Parsons, who has notched nearly 300 wins in his career at the school, is now in his 22nd season at the helm of the program.

In three seasons as a Division I program, Parsons has led his team to a 31-17-6 record and two Mid-Continent Conference titles. Overall, his career record stands at 294-92-41.

Parsons’ teams have made 13 national tournament appearances and have been the national runner-up three times.

Bluem Honored
John Bluem, Ohio State head men’s soccer coach, was one of six alums of Hartwick College to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick campus in Oneonta, N.Y.

“I am deeply honored, and humbled, by this induction to the Hartwick Athletic Hall of Fame,” Bluem said. “The education I received at Hartwick and the athletic experience that I enjoyed there has been a cornerstone of my life.”

Bluem, who was best known for his defensive play as a stopper, was a three-year starting fullback while playing for Hartwick from 1972-74. In his three seasons at Hartwick, the team compiled a 30-9-7 record, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament all three years. The 1974 team, of which Bluem was a member, reached the Final Four and finished third in the nation.

On The Defense
The Ohio State defense, which has held opponents to just 0.8 goals per game this season, has not allowed more than two goals in a game in 22 consecutive contests dating back to a 3-0 loss to Michigan State Oct. 7, 2001 in East Lansing.

The streak is the longest for the Buckeyes since 1997-98, when the team went 39 games without allowing more than two scores in a game.

Set The Mark
Head coach John Bluem and the men’s soccer team would like to invite all fans, friends and family to attend the Sunday Oct. 20 match at home against No. 4 Indiana and set a new Big Ten attendance mark. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. The current record is 4,600 which was set by Penn State when they hosted Indiana on Sept. 30, 1994.

OSU-Penn State Recap
The Buckeyes fell to the Penn State Sunday at Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa., 1-0. The loss was Buckeyes’ first in conference play and snapped their six-game winning streak.

Penn State drew first blood when Chad Severs headed home a cross into left corner in the 22nd minute of play to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 advantage in the first half of action. Brent Jacquette and Pasi Karpinnen were each credited with assists on the score.

In what turned out to be a foul plagued second-half of action in which the two teams combined for 19 fouls, the Penn State defense limited the Buckeye attack to just six shots. The Buckeyes failed to mount an offensive threat as the 1-0 lead would stick as Ryan Sickman picked up the shutout in the net for the Nittany Lions.

The Buckeyes
Senior forward Andy Rosenband is the leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes thus far in 2002. He has posted thirteen points (4 G, 5 A), including three game-winners and 14 shots-on-goal.

Junior forward Justin Cook has played an important role as well, recording four assists, three goals and nine shots-on-goal. Freshman Kevin Nugent has been a solid force up front recording three goals in his young freshman season for six points. Jason Ryan and senior captain Tony Earp also have come on of late. Ryan and Earp each now have two goals and an assist for five points on the year. Peter Withers, Sammy Tamporello, A.J. Weber and Matt McCune each have tallied one goal for the Buckeyes as well.

Brown (7-4-0), the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, has picked up his play of late in net for the Buckeyes. Brown has started nine of the team’s eleven matches, recording 21 saves in over 933 minutes of play. Brown is now second in the conference in shutouts with five. Brown has shared time with red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Wimmert who is 1-0 with four saves in 180 minutes of play.

Brown Receives Big Ten Honor
Sophomore goalkeeper Chad Brown was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the Big Ten announced Monday. Brown recorded four saves and smothered several Michigan State scoring opportunities in a 3-1 win over the Spartans Sunday Oct. 6. Brown is the third Buckeye to receive the honor this season.

Brown, 7-4-0 on the season, now has 21 saves to go with five shutouts on the year. He has allowed just two goal in his last six outings..

“Chad has really stepped up his play of late and is becoming more and more confident with each game,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. “If he continues to improve and play the way he has we are going to be a difficult team to beat. We are very pleased he is being honored for his performance.”

Tomaino Closing In On Assist Record
Senior midfielder John Tomaino needs just three assists to become OSU’s all-time assists leader. He remains one behind Mark Sotherden and two behind Brooks Humphreys and Bill Clegg.

OSU All-Time Assist Leaders Assists Total Years 1. Bill Clegg 17 1982-85 Brooks Humphreys 17 1997-2000 3. Mark Sotherden 16 1991-94 4. John Tomaino 15 1999- 5. Drew Kleinschmidt 14 1980-83 6. Brian Feldhaus 12 1997-2000 Dave Spitz 12 1983-86 8. Todd Young 11 1987-89 David Cass 11 1989-92

Bluem In Sixth Year at OSU
Now in his sixth year at the helm of Ohio State men’s soccer, John Bluem saw his Buckeyes earn their second consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament and their first ever at-large bid in 2001. Bluem also led his team to its highest ranking in program history, a No. 10 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas Men’s Division I National Poll.

Bluem’s Buckeyes jumped out of the starting blocks fast in 2002, capturing the Scarlet and Gray Classic championship with impressive wins over East Carolina and Richmond. The Buckeyes then lost its next three games by very close margins to Loyola Marymount, Fresno State and American. Since then Ohio State has caught fire, winning six-consecutive matches against Villanova, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Akron, Michigan State and Louisville before falling to Penn State.

Bluem’s career record at Ohio State now sits at 60-40-11 overall and 16-14-4 in the Big Ten.

Bluem Closing In On 150 Wins
Head coach John Bluem is just four wins away from recording his 150th career win as a head coach. Bluem compiled an overall record of 86-27-12 (.736) in six years as the mentor at Fresno State. His overall career record sits at 146-67-23.

Next Up
The Buckeyes’ long-awaited match-up with perennial powerhouse No. 4 Indiana will finally arrive as the Hoosiers make the trip to Columbus, Oct. 20.

Ohio State has only defeated Indiana twice in 39 tries dating back to the teams’ first meeting in 1954, but the current Ohio State team still contains members of the Buckeyes’ 2000 squad, which eliminated Indiana, 1-0, at the Big Ten tournament on its way to a tournament title. The match kicks off at 2 p.m.