COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joe Ortiz, a junior transfer from Air Force, was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday by the conference office.
Ortiz, a defender from Albuquerque, New Mexico, scored the overtime game winner for Ohio State (3-1) in its win at Dayton in the opener of the Dayton Classic last Friday. He also assisted on Ohio State’s first goal of the game in the 4th minute to give the Buckeyes the momentum in their 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois Sunday. Ohio State scored in the 90th minute to earn the win vs. the Panthers.
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Ortiz said the Buckeyes are getting to know one another on the field better and better each time out.
“It was a good showing for the team this weekend,” Ortiz said. “We are finally starting to find a rhythm with each other. It also shows a lot about the character of the team, grinding out an overtime win against a good Dayton team and finding a way to beat a fresh Eastern Illinois team.
“These wins are going to come in big time down the road,” he said. “I Couldn’t be more proud of the boys this weekend and I’m very excited to see what we can do against Bowling Green next weekend. As for being named Big Ten player of the week, that’s an amazing honor and I couldn’t have been able get that accomplishment without the help from the boys and the coaching staff. Hopefully we can get other guys on the team the same award in the upcoming weeks, there are plenty of other talented players on the team that deserve the same recognition”
The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at Bowling Green (3-0-1).