February 3, 2020

Men’s Soccer Notebook – January 2020



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COLUMBUS, Ohio–Here’s a recap of what has transpired in January 2020 with the Ohio State men’s soccer team.

Travis Morris Hired to Coach Goalkeepers

Brian Maisonneuve, who is entering his third year as head coach of the Buckeyes, announced the hiring of Travis Morris as an assistant coach of the Buckeyes men’s soccer team Jan. 23. Morris will coach the Ohio State goalkeepers, plan daily trainings, assist with recruiting and video work along with helping with day-to-day operations.

"“We are so fortunate to add Travis to our staff,” Maisonneuve said. “Travis has a true passion for soccer and I love the way he sees the game. But what separates Travis is his desire to teach and help student-athletes continue to grow on and off the field. Travis is a wonderful person and is a huge addition to our program.” -- Brian Maisonneuve, Ohio State head coach"

For more go to: go.osu.edu/morris12120

Five Buckeyes Names Academic All-Ohio

Five members of the 2019 Ohio State men’s soccer team were named 2019 Academic All-Ohio in NCAA Division I, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association announced.

Parker Siegfried (sports management), a senior goalkeeper, Samuel Buzzas (business), a junior defender, Jack Holland (arts & sciences), a senior midfielder, Jake Scheper (business), a senior midfielder and Matteo Bennati (arts & sciences), a junior forward. were honored.

For more go to: https://go.osu.edu/acadallohio12120


Thomas Gilej Added to Ohio State Roster

Brian Maisonneuve, now in his third year as head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Tuesday the signing of Thomas Gilej to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Ohio State men’s soccer program beginning this fall. He will be a freshman during the 2020 season.

Gilej, a 6-foot-3-inch, 180-pound, midfielder, is a native of Wuppertal, Germany. He currently plays club soccer for Wuppertaler SV in the U19 Bundesliga, where he served as captain in 2019-20. The team was the Regional Cup Winner three times (2017-19) and the league champion (2019).

"“Thomas has a high soccer IQ with the physical attributes to be an exceptional college soccer player. With a 6-3 frame, Thomas moves very well and has soft feet for a big man. He is captain of his U19 Bundesliga team and will be a great teammate in the locker room. Thomas has some versatility and can sit in the midfield or be a force at center back. We couldn’t be more excited to have Thomas part of the Buckeye family.” -- Brian Maisonneuve, Ohio State head coach"
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Sam Mason Transfers to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Brian Maisonneuve, now in his third year as head coach of the Buckeyes, added Sam Mason to the 2020 Ohio State roster. Mason, a graduate of Big Walnut (Sunbury, Ohio) High School, transferred to Ohio State from Northern Kentucky.

Mason, a 6-foot, 185-pound, midfielder from Galena, Ohio, is the second member of his family to play for the Buckeyes. His older brother Zach, played from 2012-15 for Ohio State.


"“We are excited to have Sam join our program. Sam is a very good soccer player and has a natural feel for the game. Technically, he is a very good passer and does an excellent job getting the ball where it needs to go. Tactically, he reads the game very well and will do a good job for us in the midfield. Most importantly Sam is a great teammate and will do whatever it takes to help this program be successful.” -- Brian Maisonneuve, Ohio State head coach"
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Siegfried Drafted in MLS SuperDraft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New York City FC selected Ohio State goalkeeper Parker Siegfried  in the third round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft  Jan. 13.

Parker, a 6-1, 170-pound native of Granville, Ohio, finished his Ohio State career with 18 shutouts, No. 4 all-time. He posted six shutouts as a senior, including a 1-0 defeated of Rutgers in the 2019 Big Ten Tournament.

Ohio State to Play in Columbus Crew Spring League

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ohio State will be one of eight teams competing in the Columbus Crew SC 2020 Spring College League in March and April.

Ohio State, a part of the North Division of the event, will play Bowling Green March 28 and Cleveland State April 11.

ls will take place April 19.