Aug. 29, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After helping lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to a pair of shutouts last weekend and to the championship of The Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic, OSU senior defender and co-captain Dustin Kirby has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Kirby (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), a central defender, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Classic, during which the Buckeyes tied Hartwick, 0-0, and beat Furman, 2-0. With the results, Ohio State has moved up to as high as No. 20 in the national polls this week.

“The defense is the strength of our team and Dustin is the leader of our defense,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “He organizes, covers for everyone and is making very good decisions right now and is a great competitor. This past weekend, more than anything else, was his steady play and reading of the game. He was never caught out of position and gave up few opportunities over the weekend. Dusty is humbled to be recognized and he’ll be the first to tell you that the entire back four played well together.”

A second-team All-Big Ten pick last year, Kirby played all 200 minutes during the weekend. He is a four-year starter and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

The Buckeyes travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend for the Carolina Nike Classic, where they will face No. 5 UNC at 7:30 p.m. Friday and No. 16 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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