Nov. 8, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seeded Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to battle No. 2 seeded Indiana at 2:30 p.m. ET Friday at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., in the semifinals of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. The match will be televised live on BTN with Dean Linke (play-by-play) and Chris Doran (color analysis) on the call.
No. 1 seeded Michigan will face No. 5 seeded Wisconsin in the first semifinal match at 1 p.m. ET live on BTN. The championship match of the Big Ten tournament is set for Noon ET Sunday. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for youth/students and $1 for veterans and active military. Group tickets can also be purchased, $10 for adults and $5 for youth/students.
SETTING THE STAGE
BIG TEN FINAL FOUR
No. 5 Wisconsin defeated No. 4 Maryland, 2-1, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Maryland’s Sebastian Elney scored first in the 28th minute. Wisconsin’s Noah Leibold netted the equalizer in the 51st minute and Mark Segbers scored the Badgers’ game-winning goal in the 87th minute. Top-seeded Michigan beat No. 8 Northwestern, 4-1, to advance to the semifinals Sunday evening. Michigan’s Jack Hallahan scored two of the Wolverine’s goals, the first in the 56th minute and the second in the 79th. No. 2 Indiana defeated No. 7 Penn State, 1-0, in overtime Monday afternoon. Cory Thomas sent the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a golden goal in the 97th minute.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has three previous tournament titles to its credit, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2007 and 2009. In 26 appearances, the Buckeyes are 19-21-2 for the fourth-best winning percentage in the league (.476). The Buckeyes will be looking to advance to the championship match for the seventh time in school history.
SHOCKED THE SPARTANS
Following a weather delay that lasted a little over an hour, the Buckeyes came out with two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into intermission over the eighth-ranked Spartans last Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. Michael Prosuk scored in the eighth minute for his second goal of the year. The assist was credited to Joshua Jackson-Ketchup. Just before halftime, Ohio State found a second goal when Abdi Mohamed buried a free kick into the upper left 90 of goal from 23 yards out at 41:10. The Green and White cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 50th minute by John Freitag. The Buckeyes denied 16 corners total and were outshot 12-0 in the second half, but stayed strong defensively. Parker Siegfried was active throughout all 90 minutes and made five saves. Michigan State had one final chance to find an equalizer with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, but a free kick at the top of the 18 hit the crossbar to punch the Buckeyes’ ticket into the semifinals.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana (14-0-4) comes in as the second-ranked team in the country in the final regular season United Soccer Coaches Association national poll. The Hoosiers are one of two teams in the Top 25 unbeaten heading into the second week of conference tournament play. They finished undefeated in the regular season for the third time school history. Indiana is outscoring opponents, 38-4, this fall. Goalkeeper Trey Muse is 14-0-4 with 14 shutouts and a 0.21 GAA. Offensively, Mason Toye leads the group with 19 points on nine goals and one assist. He has collected a team-high five-gamewinning goals in 2017.
OHIO STATE VS. INDIANA
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 41-5-4. Indiana holds a 5-2-1 record against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament. Earlier this year, Mason Toye scored twice in a 2-0 win in a Top 25 matchup Oct. 15 in Bloomington, Ind. Nate Kohl led the Buckeyes with a pair of shots, including one on goal. Goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made five saves in the road loss.