Men's Soccer

Buckeyes Host Wolstein Classic

Alec Lowell had his first career goal in the loss to Dayton last Friday.
Alec Lowell had his first career goal in the loss to Dayton last Friday.

Aug. 30, 2012

Match 3: Coastal Carolina at Ohio State
Friday, August 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio | Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team hosts the seventh annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic this weekend and will take on 16th-ranked Coastal Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Friday before facing Davidson at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are off to a 0-2-0 start to the season, dropping contests to Dayton and UIC.

Wright State rounds out the tournament field, taking on Davidson in the opening game at 5 p.m. Friday and then meeting Coastal Carolina at noon Sunday.

IN A NUTSHELL
The 2012 campaign started off with a couple blemishes as Ohio State fell to Dayton 3-2 on the road last Friday and dropped a 2-0 decision to UIC at home Sunday. Sebastian Rivas and Alec Lowell each scored in the loss to the Lions with the scores shrinking a two-goal lead down to one on both occasions.

Nine starters and 13 total letterwinners return from a year ago, including the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Chris Hegngi who scored 33 percent of the team's goals a year ago. In fact, returning players account for 22 of the 27 goals scored in 2011 and over half of the assists. Ohio State finished 10-7-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the Big Ten, securing its seventh Top 2 conference finish in the last eight years.

ABOUT THE WOLSTEINS
The annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic, now in its seventh year, is named in honor of the family that first brought professional soccer to Ohio in 1979. Iris Wolstein and her husband, the late Bert Wolstein (2004), have been actively involved with the Ohio State athletics department for many years. From 1979-1988, Bert Wolstein was the owner and president of the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Since then, the Wolstein's support of Ohio State has included a major contribution in 2001 to the Ohio Stadium renovation project, prompting the dedication of the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Football Center in the southwest tower.

EARLY BIRDS
The Buckeyes are 15-7-4 all-time in their early-season tournament, including a 6-1-3 mark the last four seasons. Ohio State captured the tourney title a year ago after knocking off FIU and Stetson. Sebastian Rivas was named the MVP after scoring his first two career tallies between the pair of games in the Classic. He was joined by Adam Gorksi, Parnell Hegngi and David Tiemstra as members of the all-tournament team.

CATCH THE REPLAY
Both of Ohio State’s games in the Wolstein Classic are scheduled to air on BTN early next week as part of the network’s “Student U” production series. The Friday night tilt vs. Coastal Carolina is set to air at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, while the Sunday match against Davidson will air at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. The games will be produced by OSU students and show live through BigTenNetwork.com.

BIG TEN FORECAST
Northwestern, who won the Big Ten regular-season and tourney titles last season, and Indiana enter the season tied as the conference favorite in the preseason coaches’ poll. Michigan State checks in at No. 3 in the poll, jumping up two spots from last year’s fifth-place campaign, while Buckeyes come in at No. 4 after earning a 4-2-0 record and finishing second in Big Ten action last year. Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan round out the poll. In addition, Sage Gardner, Chris Hegngi and Austin McAnena each were named a player to watch in the Big Ten.

HEGNGI AMONG NATION’S ELITE
Chris Hegngi, a senior forward, was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List, as announced by the NSCAA Aug. 13, becoming just the third Buckeye to be considered for the national player of the year award in the program history (Eric Brunner, 2007 and Matt Lampson, 2011). Hegngi, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year last season, is one of just two players from the conference to begin the season on the Watch List and one of 42 overall. The Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in collegiate soccer with the recipient being selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the NSCAA.

HOME TURF
The Buckeyes are 79-28-15 record in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last five seasons. The Buckeyes were 6-2 at JOMS last season.

BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
The Buckeyes will have an unprecedented four regular-season games broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network this season, beginning Sept. 23 with a 1 p.m. home tilt against conference favorite Indiana. They also will have their home match against national power Akron televised at 8 p.m. Oct. 23, sandwiching a pair of road contests at Michigan (Sept. 30, 6 p.m.) and Northwestern (Oct. 14, 1 p.m.). This will bring the program’s number of appearances on BTN to 21 since its inception in 2007.

ALUMNI WEEKEND
All men’s soccer alumni are invited back for the weekend of Oct. 5-7 to partake in a golf outing, the Nebraska football game and the Buckeyes’ home game vs. Michigan State. For more information, visit the Alumni and Friends page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com -- go.osu.edu/MSOCalumni

BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
The Buckeyes will have an unprecedented four regular-season games broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network this season, beginning Sept. 23 with a 1 p.m. home tilt against conference favorite Indiana. They also will have their home match against national power Akron televised at 8 p.m. Oct. 23, sandwiching a pair of road contests at Michigan (Sept. 30, 6 p.m.) and Northwestern (Oct. 14, 1 p.m.). Seven additional games are scheduled to air on the network on a delay through Student U, bringing the Buckeyes’ opportunities for national television to exposure to at least 28 since BTN’s inception in 2007.

BUCKEYE CAPTAINS
Junior Sage Gardner and seniors Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena were selected as captains for the 2012 campaign. The trio have combined for 136 career starts in 148 games played with Gardner (39) and McAnena (60) starting every game of their careers.

QUITE A CREW
The 2012 roster boasts five players to come through the Columbus Crew Academy system, including junior Sage Gardner who has helped a Crew Juniors team to a national title in each of the last two summers and senior Chris Gomez who joined Gardner for the 2011 title. Sophomore Alex Bechtol, who transferred to Ohio State from Bowling Green, and freshmen Zach Mason and Raymond Olivarria each have spent time with the Crew.  

FULL BLUEM
John Bluem enters his 16th season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2012. He has collected a 160-110-40 (.580) record during that span and holds all eight of the program's NCAA Tournament appearances and all five combined Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles to his credit. With six years at Fresno State also on his résumé, Bluem has a 246-137-52 career record, a win total which is No. 24 among active NCAA coaches and a percentage which stands at No. 30.

CONNOR'S CREW
In its second season, Connor's Crew is the official student support section of Ohio State soccer. The branch of "Block O" is named for former Buckeye Connor Senn, who passed away Sept. 26, 2001 from a heart abnormality after collapsing during an OSU match. For more information on the group, visit its Facebook page and for on the legacy of Connor click here.

HOME TURF
The Buckeyes are 79-28-15 record in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last five seasons. The Buckeyes were 6-2 at JOMS last season.

PRESEASON REWIND
The Buckeyes went 1-0-1 in a pair of preseason exhibitions, knocking off Duquesne and battling Duke to a scoreless draw. Against the Dukes, Ohio State fell behind 1-0, but battled back with goals from Chris Hegngi and sophomore Konrad Kucharski to come away with the win. Aug. 13 in Columbus. The Buckeyes and Blue Devils faced each other Aug. 17 in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will pack its bags for the left coast and head to San Diego for a pair of games next weekend. Back in the home state of seniors Austin McAnena and Sebastian Rivas and freshman Jake Bartlett, the Buckeyes will take on San Diego at 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 ET) Friday and San Diego State at 1 p.m. PT (4 ET) Sunday. Although both games are part of SDSU’s Courtyard Marriott SD Central Soccer Tournament, they will be played at the schools’ respective home fields.


 

 

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