COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a six-day break, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to conference action this weekend with a road match at Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET Saturday from McClimon Complex. The Buckeyes (4-5-3, 2-2-0 B1G) will look to bounce back after dropping their last two matches, while Wisconsin (2-8-1, 0-4-0 B1G) tied Loyola Chicago last time out to begin a three-match homestand.
WAY TO FOLLOW Fans that cannot make the trip to Madison, there are a variety of ways to follow the action. The match vs. the Badgers will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). A link to live stats will also be available from the calendar tab on the front page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com or the men’s soccer schedule page. Twitter updates also will be available from @OhioState_MSOC.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL • With three weeks to go in the regular season, the Buckeyes are 4-5-3 on the season. Two weeks ago, 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. • The match vs. the Badgers will be the first of four remaining conference games for the Scarlet and Gray. • Ohio State sits at No. 29 in the latest NCAA RPI poll. Thirteen opponents in the schedule rank in the Top 60. • Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris leads the squad with a season-high nine points on four goals and an assist, Liam Doyle (3g, 0a), Kyle Culbertson (2g, 0a), Danny Jensen (1g, 1a), Marcus McCrary (1g, 0a) and Joao Ehlers (1g, 0a) have also netted home scores. • Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, a Senior CLASS Award Candidate, is 4-5-3 with a 1.02 goals-against average and .817 save percentage with four shutouts in 12 matches. • Ehlers scored the gamewinning goal in OT in a 1-0 win over the Phoenix and was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 9. • 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 last week. Jensen is the leading returning scorer from last season with three goals and three assists to his credit as a freshman. Ivanov, a 2013 Academic All-American, was second in the nation in saves from a season ago, collecting 110 stops for the Scarlet and Gray. • Following its match vs. the Badgers, Ohio State will begin to conclude the home schedule with a midweek match vs. Bowling Green at 7 p.m. ET Oct. 22.
LAST TIME OUT Ohio State dropped a 2-1 conference match vs. Indiana last weekend in Columbus to fall to 2-2 in conference play. It was an exciting finish in a Big Ten battle with the Buckeyes earning a second penalty kick with 1:07 remaining on the clock. However, Indiana goalkeeper Colin Webb made a diving stop from the near post to deny junior midfielder Kyle Culbertson’s second penalty shot of the afternoon to claim the win for the Hoosiers. Culbertson was successful on his first penalty kick of the afternoon, scoring his second goal as a Buckeye in the 77th minute into the back left of the net. Overall shots were 14-13 in favor of the Buckeyes, while Ohio State held a 5-1 advantage in corners.
SCOUTING WISCONSIN The Badgers are 2-8-2 overall this year, but have been in most of their matches this year, losing five matches by a one-goal deficit, while also claiming two draws. Last time in conference play, Wisconsin was edged on the road at Michigan State, 2-1. The Badgers claimed an early lead after Matej Radonic scored in the second minute of play, however, the Spartans rallied with two second-half goals to earn the win. Offensively, Mark Segbers leads the team with four goals and four assists, while Tom Barlow has picked up 11 points (4g, 3a). Goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk is 2-5-1 with 26 saves and a 1.53 goals-against average.
SERIES HISTORY • This will be the 31st meeting between the Buckeyes and Badgers. Last time out, Wisconsin concluded the regular season with a 2-0 victory at home vs. Ohio State Nov. 8, 2013. • The Buckeyes have won seven of the last 11 matches vs. Wisconsin and have claimed three victories in the last five trips to Madison.