October 17, 2019

Spartans Host Buckeyes Saturday in Big Ten Tilt



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The Buckeyes have four remaining regular-season games, all against Big Ten Conference opponents. The closing stretch of the season starts at Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing. The Spartans are 2-7-2 on the year, including a 2-1-1 record in league play. Prior to a 2-0 loss at Akron last Tuesday, MSU posted a 3-0 win at Rutgers, a 3-0 loss vs. Penn State at home, a 2-1 win at Wisconsin and a 1-all tie vs. Maryland in East Lansing. Ohio State is 22-26-3 all-time in the series vs. the Spartans, including a 7-13-2 road record.

Ohio State holds a 114-61-29 record (.630) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999. All-time, Ohio State is 266-190-62 (.573) at home. The Buckeyes face Maryland Oct. 25 at JOMS.

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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 Sept. 10 after a productive weekend at the Dayton Classic. He scored the game winner in overtime vs. Dayton Sept. 6 in a 1-0 Ohio State win and then assisted on the Buckeyes’ first goal Sept. 8 in a 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois. Devyn Etling made it back-to-back POW awards Sept. 17 for the Buckeyes after he scored and assisted on another goal in Ohio State’s 2-1 win at Bowling Green. Etling then went out and scored twice in Ohio State’s 2-0 win at South Florida.

As Ohio State takes to the road for a game at Michigan State, a couple Buckeyes are among the Big Ten leaders in a number of statistical categories. Senior Jack Holland rates No. 1 in the league in assists with six and No. 2 in assists per game (0.46). Sophomore Devyn Etling is second in goals (5), No. 2 in game-winning goals (2) and is No. 4 in goals per game (0.42). As a team, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in shots taken (163/12.5), No. 4 in points (52), No. 4 in goals (18), No. 4 in goals per game (1.38) and No. 3 in assists (16).

The Buckeyes earned their second road win of the season in Ohio Sept. 13 at Bowling Green, a 2-1 triumph over the No. 25 Falcons. Ohio State had 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 were 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. The home Big Ten season kicked 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 made
one appearance on national television this fall. The Buckeyes appeared on the Big Ten Network Oct. 6 at Rutgers (W, 1-0). All other home matches will be on BTN Plus ($).

• The Buckeyes broke a scoreless tie in the 54th minute vs. No. 20 Kentucky Wednesday when Xavier Green gathered a long cross from senior Jack Holland and found the back of the net vs. the Wildcats. Kentucky then scored in the 81st and 85th minutes to secure a 2-1 win over the Buckeyes.
• The win at Rutgers (1-0) Oct. 6 was the first for head coach Brian Maisonneuve in Big Ten Conference regular-season play.
• Sophomore Devyn Etling joined junior Joe Ortiz in winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season. Etling had a goal and an assist in Ohio State’s 2-1 win at No. 25 Bowling Green Sept. 13. Ortiz scored the game-winner (1-0) vs. Eastern Illinois Sept. 8. Etling followed up the award with two goals at South Florida Sept. 17.
• Ohio State, 6-6-1, is playing its second season under head coach Brian Maisonneuve.
• Nine Buckeyes have scored to date this season with senior Jack Holland, juniors Devyn Etling and Matteo Bennati, and sophomore Xavier Green each with multiple goals. Etling leads the team with five followed by Holland with four and Green and Bennati who each have two. Junior Joe Ortiz, senior Jake Scheper, sophomore Luis Hernandez, junior Samuel Buzzas and junior Mitch Bergman each have a goal this season. Holland has six of Ohio State’s 16 assists on the year. Holland (26) and Etling (25) lead the team in shots taken.
• Senior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried has five shutouts this season to bring his career total to 17, good for No. 5 on the all-time list at Ohio State. Siegfried held opponents scoreless for 258 minutes between a second-half goal by CSUN and a second-half tally by Eastern Illinois.
• After the first six games this year, Ohio State had not had a better start to a season since 2017. The last time Ohio State started 5-1 was 2017 when the Buckeyes opened the year 7-1 and finished 8-10-1.
• The Buckeyes had gone six-consecutive games away from Columbus without a loss prior to the setback at No. 20 Kentucky. Ohio State has wins at Dayton, vs. Eastern Illinois, at Bowling Green and at South Florida. The Buckeyes tied Northwestern on the road before the win at Rutgers.
• The last time Ohio State won or tied six or more games in a row away from home was during the 2007 season with the streak reached eight matches. Ohio State started with a win at Wisconsin and continued with a tie at Indiana, a tie at Louisville, a win at Michigan State, neutral wins over Michigan and Northwestern and a tie with Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament before an NCAA win over UMass. The streak was broken by Wake Forest in the NCAA final, 2-1.

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) have donned 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 13 games while Chasten has made 10 appearances.
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 two goals 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 13 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 Saturday, 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.”

Head coach Brian Maisonneuve is in his second year as head coach of the Buckeyes. Maisonneuve came from Indiana University where he was associate head coach for the Hoosiers. As one of the top assistants in the country, Maisonneuve guided Indiana to the 2012 NCAA National Title, a NCAA runner-up finish in 2017, the 2010 Big Ten Regular-Season Title as well as the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship. Maisonneuve, a native of Warren, Mich., was one of the top players in Indiana soccer history, winning the Hermann Trophy in 1994. He spent nine seasons with the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004 and was a member of the United States’ 1998 World Cup team. Maisonneuve is assisted by associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez, assistant coach Matt Foldesy and director of operations Chad Barson.