Oct. 6, 1999
The Buckeyes (7-3 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) look to continue their five-game winning streak this week. The Buckeyes host Marshall (3-6-1 overall, 1-1-1 MAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and travel to East Lansing, Mich. to face Michigan State (4-4-1 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) on Sunday, Oct. 10.
OSU defeated both Wright State, 2-0, on Wednesday and Wisconsin, 7-3, on Sunday. The Buckeyes earned their fourth shutout and fourth straight win against Wright State. Two goals came under extreme weather conditions from Brian Feldhaus (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and Josh Rathweg (Fr., Spring, Texas). OSU traveled to Wisconsin and faced bad weather again, but pulled out a 7-3 win to continue its winning streak. Both Feldhaus and teammate Jason Ciminieri (Sr., Katy, Texas) each scored two goals.
Scouting the Herd
Marshall University 3-6-1 overall and 1-1-1, in the MAC. The Thundering Herd is coming off a 6-0 loss against Kentucky last Friday. MU has played four overtime games this season, losing two, winning one and tying one. This season Byron Carmichael leads the team with eight points, three goals and two assists. This squad is quite different than last. MU lost ten players to graduation, leaving the 1999 team young and inexperienced. The makeup of this squad includes just four returning upperclassmen. Head Coach Bob Gray is in his fifth season at MU, and has not had a losing season in 22 years, including the last four at MU. Last season, the Herd finished 11-9-1 overall and 4-4-0 in the MAC.
Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State is 4-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten this season. MSU will face Oakland on Wednesday, Oct. 8 before facing OSU on Sunday. The game will mark its second Big Ten match of the season. The Spartans fell to No. 1 Indiana in their Big Ten opener, 2-0. MSU is looking to bounce back after last season’s disappointing record of 7-12 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Fifteen letterwinners, including eight starters, are back in hopes of leading MSU to its first winning campaign since 1996. MSU’s strengths are its goalkeeper and backfield. Junior T.J. Lieckfelt is the incumbent goalie after starting 18 games last year and finishing with a 1.52 goals-against average. Head coach Joe Baum returns for his 23rd season.
All-Time vs. Opponents
Ohio State will face Marshall for the ninth time on Wednesday. The last meeting between the two schools was in 1990 when OSU lost to MU, 2-1, in Columbus. The series between these two schools is tied, 4-4. The last time Big Ten rivals Michigan State and OSU met was Oct. 11, 1998. OSU won the match, 5-0. MSU leads the series against OSU, 15-8-1.
Getting Close To A Record
With five wins in a row, the Buckeyes are just two wins away from the OSU record of seven wins in a row. The record was set back in 1977. If the Buckeyes win both games this week they will tie the record.
Thompson’s Fourth Shutout
Goalkeeper Kerry Thompson (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) has held opponents scoreless four times this season, earning his fourth shutout against Wright State last Wednesday. Thompson has allowed just 12 goals against the Buckeyes this season for a 1.23 GAA.
Four Fab Freshmen
The Buckeyes have been blessed this season with a tremendous freshmen class who have made an immediate impact. John Tomaino (Fr., Palatine, Ill.) leads the class with nine points and is tied for third in overall team points. Josh Rathweg (Fr., Spring, Texas) is second among the freshmen with three goals and one assist. Earp has started each game in his first year as a Buckeye and has contributed two goals and one assist. Todd Grossnickle (Fr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) has seen action in every game and assisted on one goal.
Big Ten Player of the Week
Last week, junior midfielder Brooks Humphreys (Spring, Texas) was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his five-point performance last weekend against Butler and Evansville. This season, Humphreys has three goals and two assists for eight points to lead the team. He has played in every game this season and has five starts. Last season Humphreys was a first-team all-Big Ten pick, an academic all-Big Ten selection and an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Suffocating D Continues
The Buckeyes are playing their usual tight defense so far this season. Ohio State has allowed only 12 goals in 10 games. Goalkeeper Thompson has had four games without being scored on. Since John Bluem took over at Ohio State in 1997, the Buckeyes have been one of the stingier defenses in the Big Ten, allowing a meager 0.84 goals per game.
OSU and the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are tied for first place with Indiana in conference games only. Overall, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten. Last week, Indiana (7-2-0) defeated Penn State (8-1-0) to move up in the polls to No. 1, replacing Penn State in the top slot. Feldhaus is tied for third place in goals with five. Just behind him, Peterson Jerome (Sr., Spring Valley, N.Y.) is sixth and Monebrake and Humphreys are both tied for ninth with three goals a piece. OSU has four players ranked in the top 10 goal scorers, more than any other Big Ten team. Humphreys and Tomaino are both tied for third with three assists each. Thompson leads the Big Ten in shutouts with four, and his 1.23 GAA ranks him fourth.