September 12, 2019

Road Contest at No. 25 Bowling Green Up Next for Buckeyes


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Ohio State earned a pair of wins last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and will attempt to win its fourth game of the season in Ohio Friday at Bowling Green (2-0-1). The Buckeyes defeated host Dayton (1-0) last Friday and then topped Eastern Illinois (3-2) on a goal in the 90th minute Sunday in Ohio State’s final game of the Dayton Classic. The Falcons defeated a pair of Big Ten teams last weekend in Evanston, Illinois, taking down Wisconsin (1-0) and host Northwestern (3-0) to win the Lakeside Classic title.

THE BASICS-at Bowling Green
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Junior transfer Joe Ortiz, a defender from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday after a productive weekend at the Dayton Classic. He scored the game winner in overtime vs. Dayton last Friday in a 1-0 Ohio State win and then assisted on the Buckeyes first goal Sunday in a 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois.

The Buckeyes are looking for their second road win of the season in Ohio Friday at Bowling Green. Ohio State has not won two intrastate road contests since 1997 when the Buckeyes won at Xavier (3-1), at Cleveland State (1-0) and at Cincinnati (1-0). The Buckeyes also played at Dayton that year to open the season (L, 0-2).

Three Buckeyes have been named to the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors list, the league office announced Aug. 27. Parker Siegfried, a senior goalkeeper, Jake Scheper, a senior midfielder and CC Uche, a senior defender, all made the list from Ohio State’s 2019 roster.

The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 10 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Sept. 21 against Penn State. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.

The Ohio State men’s soccer team will make
one appearance on national television this fall. The Buckeyes will be seen on the Big Ten Network Oct. 6 at Rutgers. All other home matches will be on BTN Plus ($).

• Ohio State, 3-1, is playing its second season under head coach Brian Maisonneuve.
• Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Eastern Illinois at the Dayton Classic Sunday. Ohio State scored a pair of early goals, led 2-0 at the half, and held off a late Panther charge with a goal by Jake Scheper in the 90th minute to win 3-2.
• The Buckeyes have scored first in each of their four games this season and have won three of the four. Ohio State led 2-0 at the half in the season opener before dropping a 4-3 decision to CSUN in the first game of the 2019 Wolstein Classic Aug. 30.
• Six Buckeyes have scored to date this season with senior Jack Holland and junior Devyn Etling each scoring twice. Junior Matteo Bennati, junior Joe Ortiz, senior Jake Scheper and sophomore Luis Hernandez each have a goal this season. Holland has three of Ohio State’s eight assists on the year. Etling leads the team in shots taken with 12.
• Senior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried has a pair of shutouts this season to bring his career total to 14. Siegfried held opponents scoreless for 258 minutes between a second-half goal by CSUN and a second-half tally by Eastern Illinois.
• The Buckeyes have been putting the pressure on opposing keepers this year with a total of 62 shots on the year with 35 of those coming in the opening 45 minutes. Foes have 35 shots with 11 first-half attempts.
• Ohio State, 3-1, has not had a better start to a season since 2010 when the Buckeyes were 4-0 to start the year. Ohio State finished 11-8-3 that year and made the NCAA Tournament. The last time Ohio State started 3-1 was 2017 when the Buckeyes opened the year 7-1 and finished 8-10-1.
• Head coach Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win with a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26, 2018 in Columbus.
• Maisonneuve was associate head coach at Indiana University, guiding the team to the 2012 NCAA national title. He was a member of the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004.

Bowling Green leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 25-17-4. Ohio State is 4-15-1 at Bowling Green vs. the Falcons and has an additional record of 4-4-1 in neutral-site games held at BGSU. The Buckeyes are 13-9-3 in Columbus vs. the Falcons and 0-1 in the lone neutral-site game played between the two schools. The Falcons are 3-0-1 this season. They have been away from home in all four games, going 1-0-1 in true road games and 2-0 in neutral site affairs. Last weekend the Flyers held a pair of Big Ten teams scoreless in wins over Wisconsin (1-0) and Northwestern (3-0) in the Lakeside Classic in Evanston, Illinois.

The 2019 Rookies
Five true freshmen arrived over the summer to join Brian Maisonneuve’s second edition of Ohio State men’s soccer. Brayden Durbin (Midfielder: Pickerington, Ohio), Channing Chasten (Forward: Queen Creek, Arizona), Tommy Marusic (Defender: Concord, Ohio), Sean Ryan(Defender: Chatham, New Jersey) and Owen Sullivan (Defender: San Antonio, Texas) will don the Scarlet and Gray for the first time this season as collegiate rookies. Marusic inked with the Buckeyes in April. The others signed during the November 2018 signing period.
Durbin and Chasten have played to date with Durbin playing in all four games while Chasten has made one appearance.
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Freshmen…
“As a staff we are very excited about these student-athletes,” Maisonneuve said. “Not only are they our first class as a coaching staff, but they represent the type of soccer players and young men that we want in our program. All four possess high character and will help us continue to build the Ohio State Soccer program. On the field, they are a versatile class with a high soccer IQ and we are very excited to see them develop, both on and off the field.”

Five Transfer to Ohio State
The Buckeyes welcomed sophomore Matteo Bennati (Forward; Genova, Italy), redshirt sophomore Samuel Buzzas (Defender; Bend, Ore.), redshirt freshman Luis Hernandez (Defender; Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Luke Kiley (Forward, Dublin, Ohio) to the start of spring practice and then junior Joe Ortiz (Defender: Albuquerque, N.M.) during fall camp.
All five have made contributions to date this season. Bennati has a goal and an assist, Ortiz had the game-winner in overtime at Dayton and also has an assist and Hernandez scored in the Eastern Illinois game. Kiley and Buzzas have both appeared in all four games.
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Transfers…
“We are really excited about the four transfers that we had join us in January with Matteo from Belmont, Samuel from Xavier, Luis from Kentucky and Luke from Georgetown,” Maisonneuve said. “They add a lot of experience to our roster and some positional needs. All of them are great student-athletes. I couldn’t be happier to have them on the roster to help build our culture and continue to grow and develop this program…Joe has a tremendous work rate and covers a ton of ground. Joe is versatile and can play a few different spots.”

A Look at the 2019 Schedule
Three College Cup opponents, all from the Big Ten Conference are just a few of the seven total teams on Ohio State’s 2019 schedule that played in the NCAA Tournament last year. Defending national champion Maryland, Michigan State and Indiana all played in the College Cup a season ago. The Buckeyes travel to Michigan State (Oct. 19), host the Terrapins (Oct. 25) and travel to Indiana (Oct. 29).
Maisonneuve on the 2019 Schedule
“Our 2019 schedule is loaded with talented teams,” Maisonneuve said. “We start playing against a very tough west coast opponent in CSUN and then battle a UIC team that has a strong tradition of NCAA Tournament appearances. The Big Ten Conference is always one of the best in the country. We had three teams make the College Cup last year and the league will be even tougher this year. We have eight homes games at the Jesse against some of the most dynamic and entertaining teams in college soccer.”