March 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team released its 2014 schedule Tuesday. Under the direction of head coach John Bluem, who is in his 18th season with the Buckeyes, the Scarlet and Gray will face nine teams from the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while nine home matches are scheduled in Columbus.
The Buckeyes will begin the year with two exhibitions, hosting West Virginia Aug. 17 before traveling to Fort Wayne, Ind., to play NCAA opponent Marquette Aug. 22. Ohio State opens the 2014 regular season, hosting the ninth-annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 29-31 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gray face UC Davis in the nightcap Aug. 29 before wrapping up the classic with a match vs. Butler Aug. 31.
Following its home opening weekend, Ohio State will travel to participate in the UNC Wilmington Soccer Classic Sept. 5-7, competing against UNC Wilmington Sept. 5 and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Elon Sept. 7. The match vs. the Phoenix will mark the first of four-consecutive matches vs. NCAA tournament teams from a year ago.
The Buckeyes open Big Ten play against Northwestern on BTN Sept. 14 in Columbus before traveling to face the 2013 conference regular season champion Penn State Sept. 21. Back-to-back instate matches are next on the schedule, hosting Akron Sept. 24 before concluding the month of September at Dayton Sept. 27.
Ohio State continues its road schedule with a match at Louisville Oct. 1. The Buckeyes and Spartans will then meet in Columbus Oct. 4. Following a contest at Oakland Oct. 8, Ohio State welcomes Indiana to JOMS Oct. 12 before heading out to Wisconsin Oct. 18.
Bowling Green will then roll into town for a match Oct. 22 to mark a three-game homestand. Ohio State welcomes first-year Big Ten opponent Rutgers Oct. 25 before concluding the 2014 home slate with a non-conference match vs. Kentucky Oct. 28. The Buckeyes conclude the regular season with back-to-back road conference matches at 2013 NCAA finalist Maryland and at Michigan Oct. 31 and Nov. 5, respectively.
The Big Ten Conference Tournament will begin a new format in 2014 with a Big Ten play-in game at the No. 1 seed Nov. 8. The quarterfinal matches will be hosted by the Top 4 seeds, while the semifinal matches and championship match will be hosted by the highest remaining seed. The 2014 NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 20 with the College Cup schedule Dec. 12-14 in Cary, N.C.
A few notes on the Buckeyes’ 2014 opponents:
UC Davis: Went 9-9-3 overall and 4-4-2 in the Big West Conference.
Butler: Posted an 11-8-1 overall record before dropping a 1-0 match in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament.
UNC Wilmington: Collected a 9-6-2 overall mark before falling 6-3 against William & Mary at the CAA Tournament.
Northwestern: Went 10-8-3 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Bradley, 3-2, in overtime in the opening round.
Penn State: Won the 2013 Big Ten regular season, claiming a 13-6-2 overall mark and a 5-1 record in B1G play and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling, 2-0, against New Mexico.
Akron: Tallied a 17-4-1 record before falling in the second round against Marquette, 1-0, in overtime.
Dayton: Collected a 14-2-3 mark before dropping a 3-2 match in a penalty shootout vs. La Salle.
Louisville: Went 11-5-4 before falling to Michigan State, 1-0, in double overtime in the NCAA second round.
Michigan State: Won the 2013 Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Notre Dame, 2-1.
Oakland: Posted a 7-7-5 overall record and ended the 2013 season with a 2-0 loss vs. Milwaukee in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament.
Indiana: Finished the year with an 8-12-2 mark falling to Akron in the NCAA first round.
Wisconsin: Tallied a 14-5-2 record before dropping a 4-0 match in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Notre Dame.
Bowling Green: Collected a 6-7-6 overall record and a 2-2-2 mark in MAC action.
Rutgers: Ended its 2013 campaign with a 7-11-2 record after losing, 2-1, in double ovetime against USF in the AAC Tournament.
Kentucky: Tallied a 7-10-3 overall record after dropping a 1-0 match against Charlotte in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament.
Maryland: NCAA runner-up, collecting a 17-4-5 overall record before falling to Notre Dame, 2-1, in the College Cup Final.
Michigan: Went 8-7-3 overall and 3-3-0 in Big Ten play and ended the year with a 2-1 overtime loss vs. Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.