COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team announced its 2017 schedule on Tuesday. The fall schedule includes 11 home matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 2017 slate features five teams which competed in last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Head coach John Bluem enters his 21st season at the helm of Ohio State men’s soccer program. He has collected 198 victories at Ohio State, leading the Scarlet and Gray to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.
“We’re very excited about the 2017 schedule, which provides a good balance of challenging games to complement the rigorous Big Ten season,” Bluem said. “The annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic has an excellent field the year to begin the season.”
Ohio State will begin the fall with three exhibitions. Ohio State hosts IUPUI Aug. 13 and Butler Aug. 16 before traveling to Omaha, Neb., for its final tune-up of the preseason at Creighton Aug. 20.
The Buckeyes open the 2017 regular season, hosting the 12th-annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 25-27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gray will face Pitt in their home opener nightcap Aug. 25 before wrapping up the classic with a match vs. FIU Aug. 27. The team will continue its opening four-match homestand with non-conference games against Lehigh Sept. 1 and Wright State Sept. 4.
The Buckeyes kick off conference play with three straight Big Ten contests. The team hits the road to Evanston, Ill., Sept. 8 at Northwestern. Ohio State will host Penn State Sept. 12 and make its second trip to Piscataway, N.J., Sept. 17 at Rutgers. The team hosts BGSU Sept. 22 and Detroit Mercy Sept. 26.
Ohio State has a tough month of October with five matches against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams. The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a conference match at Michigan State Oct. 1 before hosting Maryland Oct. 6 in Columbus. The Terrapins went 18-1-2 overall and won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. After a midweek road clash at Oakland Oct. 10, Ohio State travels west to Bloomington, Ind., for a Big Ten game against the Hoosiers Oct. 15. The Buckeyes host a key midweek non-conference game vs. Syracuse Oct. 18. The Wolverines travel south to Columbus Oct. 21 for a rivalry match. The Buckeyes will then have a bus trip to Lexington, Ky., Oct. 25 against Kentucky to conclude non-conference play before closing the regular season at home against Wisconsin Oct. 29.
The Big Ten Conference Tournament will begin Nov. 4 with a play-in game at the No. 1 seed site before the quarterfinals Nov. 5 with the Top 4 seeds as hosts. The semifinal matches and championship match will be hosted by the highest remaining seed Nov. 10-12. The 2016 NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 16 with the College Cup scheduled Dec. 8-10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa.
A few notes on the 2017 opponents:
Pitt: Finished 2-13-3; Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida International: 10-7-2; advanced to Conference USA Tournament final.
Lehigh: 7-10-1; Patriot League.
Wright State: 11-6-3; advanced to Horizon League Tournament final.
Northwestern: 6-11-1; lost in B1G quarterfinal to Indiana, 1-0, in OT.
Penn State: 8-8-2; lost in B1G quarterfinal to Michigan State, 2-1.
Rutgers: 1-14-2; lost in B1G play-in game to Michigan, 2-1.
BGSU: 9-6-4; advanced to MAC Tournament semifinals.
Detroit Mercy: 3-10-4, Horizon League.
Michigan State: 13-5-2; 1-1 double OT tie vs. SIU Edwardsville in NCAA first round. SIUE advanced on penalty kicks, 9-8.
Maryland: 18-1-2; Big Ten regular season and tournament champions. Terrapins fell to Providence, 5-4, in the second round of NCAA Tournament.
Oakland: 7-10-1; advanced to Horizon League semifinals.
Indiana: 12-2-7; lost to Virginia Tech in third round of NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse: 12-4-4; advanced to second round of NCAA Tournament.
Michigan: 4-11-4; 1-6-1 in Big Ten play.
Kentucky: 11-5-3; advanced to second round of NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin: 11-4-4; lost to Maryland in Big Ten Tournament final.