October 24, 2017

Ohio State Travels to Kentucky, Hosts Wisconsin for Senior Day


Oct. 24, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to travel to Kentucky for a 7 p.m. kickoff Wednesday at Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky.  The match will be streamed on ESPN3. The Buckeyes (7-7-1, 3-4-0 B1G) will conclude the regular season against Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match vs. the Badgers will be Senior Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 | Ohio State at Kentucky | 7 p.m. ET
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Sunday, Oct. 29 | Wisconsin at Ohio State | 1 p.m. ET
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Sunday, Oct. 29 – Senior Night, Halloween Kick-Or-Treat


  • The Buckeyes have two regular season matches left on the 2017 schedule. The Big Ten Tournament is set to begin next weekend with the Top 4 teams hosting a quarterfinal match Nov. 5.
  • The team is sixth in the Big Ten standings with nine points. Indiana, Michigan State and Maryland are tied for first place with 17 points.
  • Ohio State will recognize its 2018 senior class on Sunday vs. the Badgers. Senior back Hunter Robertson will make his 80th start against Kentucky, becoming the third Buckeye in school history to make 80 starts (since 2003). He is tied for fifth all-time in games played (79) and minutes played (6,898).


  • Ohio State ranks No. 40 in the fourth RPI poll of 2017. Six 2017 opponents sit in the Top 40.
  • Last time out, the Buckeyes fell, 2-0, against No. 23 Michigan last Saturday night in Columbus.
  • The OSU defense has collected seven shutouts this year and are holding opponents to 1.20 goals per game.
  • Abdi Mohamed leads the Buckeyes with 11 points this year (3g, 5a). Nine different Buckeyes have netted goals this fall. Parker Siegfried is 7-5-1 with a 0.92 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 last Tuesday. He made a career-high 10 saves against No. 2 Maryland Oct. 6.
  • 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.

The Buckeyes will recognize the 2017 senior class before first kick vs. the Badgers on Sunday. The 2017 class has won 34 matches, including 24 wins at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in four years at Ohio State. These seniors helped the Buckeyes secure the Big Ten regular season championship two years ago and claimed back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. Two years ago, the group guided the squad a program-record eight-consecutive wins and school-record 10 home victories on its way to the NCAA Sweet 16. The senior class includes Kevin Blackwood, Niall Logue, Hunter Robertson, Nate Kohl and Marcus McCrary.

Ohio State dropped a 2-0 match vs. No. 23 Michigan last Saturday night in Columbus. The Wolverines scored their first goal in the 11th minute on a strike by Jack Hallahan. A handball by Michigan in the box during the 16th was overturned by linesman, taking away a PK chance for the Scarlet and Gray. The Maize and Blue found a second goal in the 34th minute. Overall, shots were 15-6 in favor of the Wolverines. Xavier Kennedy made his first collegiate start for Ohio State.

The Wildcats (7-5-2, 4-2 CUSA) have dropped three straight matches, including a 2-0 loss against No. 1 Indiana Oct. 11. Kentucky gave up three goals against Lipscomb to fall, 3-2, at home Oct. 21 last time out. Jj Williams scored seven points (2g, 3a), while goalkeeper Enrique Facusse is 7-5-2 with a 0.88 goals-against average. The Wildcat defense has collected six shutouts this fall.

Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Wildcats, 7-4-4. The Buckeyes have not lost in the last seven meetings vs. Kentucky with a 3-0-4 record. The two teams last met during the 2015 campaign when Ohio State shut out No. 15 Kentucky, 1-0, off a lone goal by Danny Jensen in the 57th minute. The victory tied the Ohio State win streak record (six in a row).

Oct. 14, 2015 – Ohio State 1, Kentucky 0
Oct. 28, 2014 – Ohio State 1, Kentucky 1 (2OT)
Sept. 25, 2005 – Ohio State 1, Kentucky 1 (2OT)
Sept. 7, 2001 – Ohio State 2, Kentucky 2 (2OT)
Oct. 27, 2000 – Ohio State 3, Kentucky 0

The Badgers are 7-4-3 overall and 3-3-1 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin, 2-1, in double overtime Oct. 21 in Bloomington, Ind. The Badgers will play Milwaukee on Tuesday night before making the trip to Columbus to close out the regular season. Chris Mueller leads the tam with 26 points on seven goals and 12 assists followed by Tom Barlow with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Philipp Schilling is 7-5-3 with a 1.48 GAA.

This will be the 35th meeting between Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Scarlet and Gray hold a 17-14-3 record vs. the Badgers and are 2-3-0 in their last five meetings.

Nov. 5, 2016 – Wisconsin 2, Ohio State 0
Oct. 30, 2016 – Wisconsin 2, Ohio State 1
Oct. 18, 2015 – Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 0
Oct. 18, 2014 – Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 0
Nov. 8, 2013  – Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 0