Oct. 27, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team concludes the home regular-season schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday against No. 19 Kentucky at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes will recognize their senior class before kickoff as part of Senior Night. 
Tuesday’s game will match two Top 25 teams in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index as the Buckeyes (7-5-3; 4-2 B1G) are No. 22, and the Wildcats (9-3-3, 4-0-2 C-USA) are No. 25 in the RPI.
Fans that cannot make it out to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, there are a variety of ways to follow the action. The match vs. the Wildcats will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). A link to live stats will also be available from the calendar tab on the front page of or the men’s soccer schedule page. Twitter updates also will be available from @OhioState_MSOC.
• The Buckeyes are 7-5-3 on the season and are winners of their last three matches, defeating Rutgers, 4-1, last time out in Columbus. Earlier this month, the team defeated back-to-back Top 20 opponents, downing No. 5 Louisville, 1-0, Sept. 30 before winning against No. 17 Michigan State, 3-2, Oct. 4 in Columbus.  The team began the season with a five-match unbeaten streak, collecting wins against Northwestern and Elon, while claiming draws against Butler, UC Davis and UNC Wilmington.  • Ohio State is 3-2-2 at home this season.  • Ohio State sits at No. 22 in the latest NCAA RPI poll. Ten opponents on the 2014 schedule rank in the Top 30.    • Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris leads the squad with a season-high 13 points on five goals and three assists, while Liam Doyle (5g, 0a), Kyle Culbertson (3g, 2a), Marcus McCrary (2g, 1a), Danny Jensen (3g, 1a) and Christian Soldat (2g, 1a) and Joao Ehlers (1g, 0a) have also netted scores.  • Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, a Senior CLASS Award Finalist, is 7-5-3 with a 0.90 goals-against average and .821 save percentage with six shutouts in 15 matches.  • The Scarlet and Gray are second in the current Big Ten standings behind Penn State (5-2) with two conference matches remaining.   • Ohio State returns nine starters, including Ivanov, who was named a 2013 second All-Big Ten selection, while Jensen and Kidwell earned All-Freshmen Team laurels. John Bluem, who enters his 18th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, welcomes a total of 12 new players to Columbus, including a talented group of eight true freshmen.  • Ivanov, Jensen and Culbertson were each named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List. 
The 2014 senior class has made a combined 149 career starts and will look to guide the team for a postseason run in the coming weeks. Alex Ivanov, Yianni Sarris, Andrian McAdams, Zach Dobey, Konrad Kucharski, Ryan Ivancic and Max Moller will be recognized before the start of the contest vs. the Wildcats. 

JENSEN NAMED B1G OFFENSIVE POW Danny Jensen, a sophomore forward on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., receives his first career weekly honor.  Jensen, who was named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List earlier this year, scored a pair of goals in the 4-1 conference win over Rutgers last weekend in Columbus. Jensen gave the squad an early 1-0 lead in the opening minute when he headed in a far cross by senior Max Moller from eight yards into the back of the net. The 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman team selection, Jensen then extended lead to 3-1 after netting his third goal of the season following a through ball pass from teammate Yianni Sarris at 45:28. LAST TIME OUT Sophomore Danny Jensen scored a pair of goals, while Liam Doyle and Kyle Culbertson also found the back of the net in the 4-1 over Rutgers last Saturday night in Columbus. Jensen netted home goals in the first and 46th minutes, respectively, while Doyle blasted in the team’s second goal in the 36th minute on a free kick from 20 yards out. Culbertson concluded the scoring clinic when he volleyed in the team’s fourth goal in the 65th. Overall, shots were 11-6 in favor of Ohio State, while the Buckeyes had a 5-3 lead in corner kicks in the first meeting between the two schools. 

SCOUTING KENTUCKY   Behind the leadership of head coach Johan Cedergren, the Wildcats enter Tuesday with an overall record of 9-3-3 and in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Wildcats, who now hold first place in C-USA (4-0-2), have defeated three Top 25 opponents this year, including a 1-0 thriller against the defending national champions and then No. 1, Notre Dame, Sept. 8.  Kentucky will look to continue their offensive momentum behind C-USA’s most recent Offensive Player of the Week, Napo Matsoso, and the reigning NSCAA National Player of the Week, Justin Laird. The two have combined for nine goals, eight assists and 77 shots so far this season. On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Callum Irving leads C-USA in save percentage (.842) and shutouts (9).

SERIES HISTORY • Tuesday’s matchup will mark the 14th time the two teams have met. The Buckeyes are 6-4-3 in those games. • The Buckeyes and Wildcats have not faced each other since 2005 when the game ended in a 1-1 draw in Columbus. •Ohio State is unbeaten in its last five meetings with Kentucky, last losing at Kentucky, 2-0, in 1994. 

IVANOV NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was named one of 10 finalsit for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced last week. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Ivanov is in his first year as captain for the Buckeyes. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov graduated last spring with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, collecting an impressive 3.70 cumulative GPA. He is currently pursuing a second degree in sports industry as a post graduate independent study this fall. In addition to his work in the classroom, Ivanov has volunteered with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, reading to elementary students. He also has been a part of three different “Kids Kicking Cancer” events. On the field, Ivanov was named a second team All-Big Ten selection and was selected as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times during his junior season. This year, Ivanov has led the majority of the season in saves in the Big Ten.  The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December. Fans are encourage to log on to the senior class award website and vote up to Nov. 24th

IN THE MIX Ohio State is No. 22 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) published by the NCAA this week. Six Big Ten teams are in the Top 25, making the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast with at least six teams in the Top 25 in the country. In all, ten opponents on the team’s schedule are ranked in the Top 30. 

The RPI is one of the most important criteria to determine the field for the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament. It is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare a team’s won-lost record, opponents’ strength of schedule, opponents’ opponents’ strength of schedule and the bonus/penalty system.

UP NEXT Ohio State will play its final two regular-season matches on the road. The team travels to face Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday before closing out the Big Ten slate at Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5.