Coach Bluem on Gold: "Matt is the emotional leader of the team with his greatest strength being his work effort. We need Matt to come back [from an offseason foot injury] and have a brilliant senior season. Matt will give you everything he has; he always pushes himself so hard. "
At a glance: Aggressive defensive midfielder with the ability to cover the whole field ... has started 66 of 67 career games ... showed consistency in the midfield during his freshman season logging more than 2,000 minutes of game action and has logged among the most minutes of field players in each of the last three seasons ... coming off an offseason foot injury but it expected to be at full strength by fall camp.
As a junior (2009): Named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team... First Team All-Big Ten selection ... one of five Buckeyes to start in all 21 games this season... recorded nine shots during the season... had one assist to Austin McAnena against Cleveland State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... received team's Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award.
As a sophomore (2008): Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team ... logged minutes in 20 games for the Buckeyes, starting all of them ... assisted the game winning goal in the 105th minute against Central Florida Aug. 31 ... scored the Buckeyes' only goal in a draw vs. Bucknell Sept. 5.
As a freshman (2007): Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection ... led all Buckeye freshmen in goals (2), assists (2), points (6), shots (15) and minutes played (2,159) ... appeared in all 26 games, starting 25 ... scored game-winning goal at Wisconsin Oct. 13 ... had a career day vs. Cal St. Fullerton Sept. 16 collecting his first collegiate goal and assist ... made his first collegiate start vs. West Virginia Aug. 31, becoming just the fifth true freshman to start at Ohio State in the last seven years.
Lonestar Soccer Club: Led his U-18 squad to a third place finish in the Premier League and a championship in the Texas Youth Cup ... led Lonestar to back-to-back victories in the Austin Labor Day Tournament and also participated in a Nike Friendly and the Disney Showcase in Florida ... his U-17 team was a South Texas state qualifier and a member of the ODP State Pool.
St. Stephen's Episcopal: Four-year starter during his high school career, playing at both St. Mary's Hall and St. Stephen's Episcopal ... captained St. Stephen's to a Del Rio tournament championship as a senior, recording eight goals and gathering all-tournament honors ... as a sophomore, received San Antonio All-District honors and was the MVP for St. Mary's ... kicker for St. Stephen's football team as a junior and senior.
Personal: Son of Bill and Gail Gold ... has a sister, Anna ... his father Bill played football at Edinboro University where his mother Gail was a member of the drill team ... in his free time enjoys snowboarding and playing guitar.