October 17, 2017

Ohio State Hosts Syracuse, No. 23 Michigan this Week


Oct. 17, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team hosts Syracuse Wednesday and No. 23 Michigan Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Both kickoffs are set for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free. The Buckeyes (7-5-1, 3-3-0 B1G) are looking to bounce back after falling, 2-0, at No. 1 Indiana last weekend. The Orange (5-7-2, 0-5-1 ACC) travel to Columbus for the first time in 10 years. The Wolverines (8-4-2, 4-1-1 B1G) head to the Buckeye state after defeating Omaha, 2-1, in double overtime Oct. 14 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | Syracuse at Ohio State | 7 p.m. ET
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Saturday, Oct. 21 | No. 24 Michigan at Ohio State | 7 p.m. ET

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  • The Buckeyes have four regular season matches left on the 2017 schedule. After the match against the Wolverines, Ohio State travels to play No. 21 Kentucky Oct. 25 and conclude the regular season at home against Wisconsin Oct. 29. The match vs. the Badgers will be Senior Day.
  • The team is sixth in the Big Ten standings with nine points. Maryland leads the pack with 17 points this fall. The top 4 teams will host a quarterfinal match Nov. 5 in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament.
  • Ohio State will play five games in the month of October against Top 25 teams, including three in the Top 10.
  • The Scarlet and Gray broke the program-record for consecutive shutouts (6) from Sept. 1-22. The team went 6-0-1 in the month of September.
  • Head Coach John Bluem is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. His first win at Ohio State came against the Orange on Sept. 6, 1997, in a 3-0 win over Syracuase in Storrs, Conn.
  • Nate Kohl will be facing his former team on Saturday evening against the Wolverines. Last year, Kohl scored the game-winner in double overtime in Ann Arbor, Mich., and made SportsCenter’s Top Play of the Night.


  • Ohio State ranks No. 29 the third RPI poll of 2017. Seven 2017 opponents sit in the Top 40.
  • Last time out, the Buckeyes fell, 2-0, at No. 1 Indiana. Mason Toye scored twice for the Hoosiers in their eighth-consecutive shutout of the season.
  • Abdi Mohamed leads the Buckeyes with 10 points this year (3g, 4a). Nine different Buckeyes have netted goals this fall. Parker Siegfried is 7-5-1 with a 0.77 GAA and seven shutouts.
  • Nate Kohl was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. Ohio State has won the award in two of the last three years.
  • Siegfried was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year on Tuesday. He made a career-high 10 saves against No. 2 Maryland last Friday.
  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while Siegfried was honored as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 5. Jackson-Ketchup has seven points this season (3g, 1a).
  • The Buckeyes return four starters from the 2016 squad and welcome 18 newcomers. Fifteen of the 18 newcomers are freshmen.
  • The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in Kohl, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 14 points (6g, 2a), a year ago. Mohamed, honored as a second team selection, also returns after scoring 11 points (4g, 3a). Siegfried is back too after earning All-Big Ten Freshmen honors in 2016.
  • The Buckeyes were picked seventh in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan and Penn State.
  • Robertson joined Kohl and Mohamed on the Big Ten Preseason Honor List.
  • The 2017 incoming class ranked seventh in the country by College Soccer News. The Buckeyes were one of four schools in the nation to have three straight Top 10 classes along with North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia. The group hails from three different countries, while five members are natives of Ohio. The incoming Buckeyes feature seven defenders, five forwards, four midfielders and two goalkeepers.

No. 1 Indiana won its eighth straight shutout last time out, beating the Buckeyes, 2-0, Oct. 15 in Bloomington, Ind. Mason Toye scored both goals for the Hoosiers. Indiana controlled possession for the majority of the match and were outshot, 20-4. Nate Kohl hit the crossbar twice in the loss.


  • The Buckeyes are 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-0 in Big Ten play at home this fall.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have claimed five shutouts with the OSU defense limiting opponents to 0.75 goals per game.
  • The team is outscoring opponents, 11-6.
  • Ohio State holds a 112-46-27 record (.678) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including 19 victories in the last three seasons.

The Orange (5-7-2, 0-5-1 ACC) began the year with a six-match unbeaten streak, but have dropped four straight matches heading to Columbus. Last time out, Syracuse fell at Boston College 2-1, Oct. 13 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Johannes Pieles has three goals in his last five matches and leads the team with 11 points (4g, 3a). Goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert is 4-7-2 with a 1.41 GAA.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time vs. the Orange, 1-0-1. The two teams battled to a double overtime scoreless draw during the 2007 Wolstein Classic. Twenty years ago, Ohio State shutout Syracuse, 3-0, in Storrs, Conn., in the first meeting between the two teams.

The Wolverines are 8-4-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the conference. Michigan began the year on a six match unbeaten streak. The team tied No. 1 Indiana, 1-1, Sept. 13 and lost in overtime against No. 6 Michigan State, 1-0, Sept. 17. Mohammed Zakyi has 14 points (5g, 4a) and Jack Hallahan has 13 points (4g, 5a). Andrew Verdi is 7-4-2 with a 1.02 GAA.

This will be the 33rd meeting between Ohio State and Michigan, the Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 21-10-1, and have won 10 of the last 13 meetings. Last year, Nate Kohl scored with 23 seconds remaining in double overtime to claim a 1-0 win in Ann Arbor, Mich., against his former team. In the last meeting in Columbus, Ohio State defeated the Wolverines, 3-1, in front of 3,448 fans Nov. 4, 2015, to claim the Big Ten regular season title for the fourth time in school history.

Oct. 21, 2016 – Ohio State 1, Michigan 0 (2OT)
Nov. 5, 2015 – Ohio State 3, Michigan 1
Nov. 9, 2014 – Ohio State 1, Michigan 0
Nov. 5, 2014 – Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
Oct. 6, 2013 – Michigan 1, Ohio State 0

The Buckeyes are fourth in the conference in shutouts (7) and in goals-against average (0.86). Abdi Mohamed is seventh in shots per game (2.54 and assists (4). Mohamed and Niall Logue are tied for seixth in game-winning goals (2). Parker Siegfried is fourth in the conference in shutouts (7) and in goals-against average (0.86).