Men's Soccer

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Sage Gardner

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

High School:
Worthington Kilbourne

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 160

Position:
Defender

Club:
Crew Soccer

Sage Gardner

At a glance: Has started all 58 career games at left back ... Strong and steady player ... Team captain as a junior and senior.

As a junior (2012): A third-year starter at left back, started all 19 games for the third-consecutive season... Provided a scoring touch with first and second career goals on penalty kicks vs. Butler (Sep. 26) and vs. Wright State (Oct. 19) ... Led the team in minutes played with 1,754... Earned First Team All-Ohio laurels... Named First Team Academic All-Ohio, Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.

As a sophomore (2011): A staple for the Buckeye defense, starting all 19 games for the second-consecutive season ... Helped Ohio State hold opponents to 20 goals in 18 regular-season matches, including just seven in the team's six Big Ten contests ... Recorded first career assist in a win vs. Oakland (Oct. 26) ... Picked up First Team Academic All-Ohio recognition as well as Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Also earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

As a freshman (2010): Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie team after starting all 20 games at left back ... Saw 1,837 minutes of action on the season, the most of any Buckeye field player ... Helped anchor Big Ten-best defense that allowed just 0.72 goals-against average with 10 shutouts ... Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition.

Worthington Kilbourne: Four-year starter ... Three-time All-Ohio Capital Conference honoree... First-team honors as a senior in 2009 ... First team district honors as a senior... Two-time team MVP... Member of 2007 and 2009 regional finalist teams.

Crew Soccer Academy: Team captain ...Along with teammate Chris Gomez, captured the USL Super-20 national championship with Crew Juniors in July 2011.

Personal: Son of Matt and Maria Gardner... Oldest of five children ... Siblings include Mary Frances, Ray, Jeanette and Blake ... Wants to play professional soccer after graduation or attend Law school... Enjoys playing and watching football and basketball... Member of the youth group at St. Peters Church... Member of the National Honor Society and National Latin Society.

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