COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the first round of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament to take on No. 8 seed Northwestern at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The winner of the match between the Buckeyes (1-14-2) and Wildcats (5-8-5) will face No. 1 seed Indiana at 4 p.m. Sunday in the B1G quarterfinals. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus.
The match will be seen on BTN Plus ($). Fans can follow Buckeyes with updates on twitter via @OhioState_MSOC. Links can be found on the OSU men’s soccer schedule page.
NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State (1-14-2, 0-7-1 B1G) is playing in the first round match of the B1G Tournament for the first time since Maryland and Rutgers joined the conference during the 2014 season.
• Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray fell, 1-0, in double overtime at Wisconsin last Sunday to conclude the 2018 regular season.
• The Buckeyes have had nine members make their OSU debuts this season. The Buckeyes have a young attacking group of players, including freshman Xavier Green, redshirt freshman Devyn Etling and sophomores Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and Mitch Bergman. Redshirt junior Jake Scheper has also made his OSU debut this fall.
• Six Buckeyes have played in all 14 matches this fall.
• Head coach Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win in a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26 in Columbus.
• Maisonneuve was associate head coach at Indiana University, guiding the team to the 2012 NCAA national title. He was a member of the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004.
• The match vs. the Wildcats will be the first trip for Brian Maisonneuve as head coach of the Scarlet and Gray.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 8.7 shots per game and 0.41 goals per game this season.
• Devyn Etling leads the team with three goals on six points. Jake Scheper has five points on one goal and three assists. Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, Michael Prosuk and Jack Holland have also scored goals for the Buckeyes.
• Parker Siegfried is 1-14-2 with a 1.82 GAA and two shutouts this fall.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT FORMAT
As the No. 1 seed, Indiana (15-2-0, 8-0-0 Big Ten) will host the first round game between No. 8 Northwestern (5-8-5, 0-5-3 Big Ten) and No. 9 Ohio State (1-14-2, 0-7-1 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Eastern time Saturday. Northwestern and Ohio State finished in a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Sept. 21 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Hoosiers will play the winner of the first round game the following day (Nov. 4) at 4 p.m. ET, with that quarterfinal televised live on BTN and is also available on BTN2GO and the FOX Sports app. Indiana earned a 2-1 win over Northwestern on Sept. 26 and a 1-0 win against Ohio State on Oct. 24.
Wisconsin earned the No. 2 seed (9-5-2, 6-2-0 Big Ten) with its 1-0 double-overtime win against Ohio State on Sunday. The Badgers will play host to No. 7 Rutgers (4-12-1, 2-6-0 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. ET Nov. 4. Wisconsin earned the 4-2 victory over the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 7 when the two competed in league play.
Michigan (10-4-2, 4-2-2 Big Ten) and Michigan State (10-3-4, 4-2-2 Big Ten) tied in the league standings with 14 points, but Michigan earned the No. 3 seed due to a better goal differential during conference play. The Wolverines, who will host No. 6 Penn State (6-8-2, 3-3-2 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. on Nov. 4, played the Nittany Lions to a 1-1 double-overtime draw back on Sept. 21.
Rounding out the bracket, No. 4 Michigan State will welcome No. 5 Maryland (7-6-3, 4-4-0, Big Ten) for their quarterfinal matchup at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 4 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans earned a 2-0 victory at Maryland back on Oct. 5.
After the quarterfinals, the tournament will continue on Nov. 9 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana with the semifinals at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET. The championship game kicks off at noon (ET) on Nov. 11. Both semifinal contests and the championship game will be televised live on BTN and can also be streamed on BTN2Go and through the FOX Sports app.
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 27 appearances, the Buckeyes are 19-22-2 for the fourth-best winning percentage in the league (.465). Last year, Ohio State earned the No. 6 seed and fell to No. 2 seed Indiana, 4-0, in the B1G semifinals in Westfield, Ind.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern finished the regular season with a 5-8-5 overall record and 0-5-3 in Big Ten play to earn the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament. Camden Buescher leads the Wildcats with 14 points on six goals and a pair of assists. Goalkeeper Miha Miskovic is 4-8-5 with a 1.08 goals-against average with eight shutouts this fall.
The Buckeyes hold a 20-11-4 all-time record vs. Northwestern. Ohio State is 5-1 vs. the Wildcats in the Big Ten Tournament.
LAST TIME VS. THE WILDCATS
The Buckeyes and Wildcats battled to a scoreless double overtime draw Friday, Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State was forced to play with 10 men after a red card was given in the 52nd minute, but held off Northwestern in a defensive battle. Seven of the 11 starters played all 110 minutes for the Scarlet and Gray. Northwestern held a slight edge in shots, 9-8, and had a 7-4 lead in corners.
A NEW ERA OF OSU MEN’S SOCCER
Head coach Brian Maisonneuve is in his first year as head coach of the Buckeyes. Maisonneuve comes from Indiana University where he was associate head coach for the Hoosiers. As one of the top assistants in the country, Maisonneuve guided Indiana to the 2012 NCAA national title, a NCAA runner-up finish in 2017, the 2010 Big Ten regular season title as well as the 2013 Big Ten tournament championship. Maisonneuve, a native of Warren, Mich., was one of the top players in Indiana soccer history, winning the Hermann Trophy in 1994. He spent nine seasons with the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004 and was a member of the United States’ 1998 World Cup team. Maisonneuve is assisted by associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez, assistant coach Matt Foldesy and director of operations Chad Barson.