Sept. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will look to rebound from a pair of losses when it hosts Butler at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 3-5-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs are 2-1-4 and unbeaten in their last three games.
- Live video with audio provided by Scarlet & Gray radio will be available via BigTenNetwork.com, and linked through the front page and men’s soccer schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
- The live stats link also can be found there with additional updates available on Twitter (@OhioState_MSOC).
IN A NUTSHELL
- Four Buckeyes – Louie Berra, Sebastian Rivas, Kenny Cunningham and Alex Bujenovic – lead the team with two goals apiece, while Berra has an additional assist to his credit for a team-best five points. Austin McAnena, Yianni Sarris and Adam Gorski all have a team-high tying two assists.
- Four players have started all nine games – seniors Chris Gomez and Chris Hegngi, junior Sage Gardner and freshman Zach Mason.
- At 3-5-2, Ohio State has been shut out in each of its last two contests, marking the first back-to-back clean sheets against since 2009.
PLAY LIKE CONNOR TODAY
- Wednesday marks the 11th anniversary of the passing of Connor Senn, a freshman on the 2001 team, who collapsed and died from a heart defect following the Buckeyes' game at Akron Sept. 26, 1001.
- Over the last decade-plus, Connor's legacy has remained with the program as The Connor Senn Memorial Fund has grown to subsidize a fully-endowed scholarship at Ohio State and now to begin the Connor Senn Educational Symposium on Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes with the Ohio State Medical Center and Ross Heart Hospital.
- The team's mantra is to "Play Like Connor Today" and has since carried them to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2007 national title game.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
- The Bulldogs bring a 2-1-4 record into the match Wednesday, following a 3-0 victory over Evansville last Wednesday. The three goals were a season-high for Bulldogs, and the shutout was Butler’s third in seven matches.
- Prior to the Evansville contest, the Bulldogs finished the Akron Tournament, Sept. 14-16, as runner-ups with ties against No. 11 South Florida and No. 10 St. John’s.
- Adam Glanzer has three of the team’s 10 goals, while Jeff Adkins is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points off a pair of goals and assists.
- Jon Dawson has played all seven matches in goal and has a 0.76 goals-against average with three shutouts, a clean sheet total which ranks first in the Atlantic 10.
- Ohio State is 4-4-2 all-time against the Bulldogs with wins in each of the last two meetings.
- The teams last met in 2009 with the Buckeyes taking a 2-1 victory off two goals from then-freshman Chris Hegngi with assists on both by then-sophomore Joshua Breto.
- The Buckeyes are 3-2-1 against Butler in Columbus.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Buckeyes dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 15 Indiana in the Big Ten opener for both teams Sunday afternoon at JOMS.
- In the 30th minute of action, freshman Andrew Oliver found the back of the net for his first goal of the season to give Indiana the early lead. The Hoosiers found the net again early coming out of the half with a penalty kick in the 46th minute of play taken by sophomore Eriq Zavaleta, marking the first PK allowed by the Buckeyes since they faced Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinal last season.
- The Buckeyes outshot the Hoosiers 16-10 and finished one short in the corner kick count, 7-6. Luis Soffner, goalkeeper for Indiana, had six saves on the day, including four in the second half, while Alex Ivanov totaled two in his fourth start of the year.
- Ohio State returns to conference play against Michigan at 6 p.m. Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., in a nationally-televised match live on BTN.
- Losers in three-consecutive games, the Wolverines are 2-5-0 on the season.
- The Buckeyes have captured each of the last three meetings against Michigan, including a 3-2 overtime win in Columbus last season.
- The Buckeyes are 79-29-15 record in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1999, including at least six wins in each of the last five seasons.
- They are 2-2-1 at JOMS last season with six home games remaining on the schedule.
- Four freshman have made appearances in the starting lineup this season, including Crew Academy product Zach Mason who has made all nine.
- Two of the four leading scorers – Louie Berra (2g, 1a) and Alex Bujenovic (2g) – are in their rookie seasons.
- For the ninth-consecutive season, at least one true freshman made his first collegiate start for the Buckeyes in the team's season opener and for the fourth year in a row it was at least two (Mason and Berra).
- 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.
BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
- Four of Ohio State’s regular-season games are scheduled for live BTN broadcast, with several additional opportunities available through Student U productions.
- Sunday vs. Indiana was the first live showing for the Buckeyes. 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.
- 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
- Junior Sage Gardner and seniors Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena were selected as captains for the 2012 campaign.
- The trio have combined for 162 career starts in 175 games played with Gardner (48) starting every game of his career.
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.
- John Bluem is in his 16th season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2012. He has collected a 163-113-41 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 249-140-53 career record, a win total which is No. 24 among active NCAA coaches and a percentage which stands at No. 30.
- 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.
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.