Oct. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team continues its stretch of matches against 2012 NCAA opponents at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Louisville at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
For those unable to make it to JOMS, the match vs. Louisville will be streamed through Ohio State’s online platforms with links available from the calendar tab on the front page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com or on the men’s soccer schedule page. The game Wednesday is available live through BTN.com and its StudentU production series. Gametracker, as well as Twitter updates from @OhioState_MSOC, will also be in play Wednesday night.
IN A NUTSHELL
• The Buckeyes sit at 2-5-2 on the season after dropping a 2-0 contest at Indiana Sept. 29. They have wins over Northern Illinois and SMU, while taking losses to UNC Wilmington, Tulsa and Dayton. The Wilmington and NIU matches were part of the eighth annual Wolstein Classic, with the other two contests coming at the Hurricane Classic at Tulsa.
• Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has three shutouts in eight games this season, surpassing the total from all of 2012 (2).
• Ohio State’s six goals have been scored by six different players; the same for its five assists.
• Sage Gardner and Christian Soldat lead the team with three points apiece as the only players to tally both a score and an assist.
• Ohio State returns four starters in Gardner, a senior captain, juniors Kenny Cunningham and Zach Dobey and Mason from the 2012 team. John Bluem, who enters his 17th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, welcomes a total of 17 new players to Columbus, including a talented group of nine true freshmen.
• In goal, Ivanov has played in eight contests and has 55 saves, three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.10. He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Sept. 3 after stopping two PKs in the Buckeyes’ 2-0 win over Northern Illinois.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Louisville is 6-2-0 on the season with wins over Lindsey Wilson, Virginia, Cleveland State, CSU Baksersfield, UCF, SIU Edwardsville and Temple. The Cardinals won four-consecutive matches and have outscored their opponents, 15-5. Sophomore Ricardo Velazco leads the team offensively with 10 points on three goals and an assist, while freshman Andrew Brody has collected seven points on one goal and five assists. Junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball was named American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week Monday, while Brody was selected as Rookie of the Week and classmate Michael DeGraffenriedt was honored as Defensive Player of the Week.
OHIO STATE VS. LOUISVILLE
The Buckeyes hold a 7-7-2 mark in the series vs. Louisville. Last season, Ohio State fell, 4-0, at Louisville Sept. 18. The Scarlet and Gray and the Cardinals posted a scoreless draw through two overtimes in the last meeting in Columbus during the 2010 campaign. The two teams went on to face each other in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Championships with Louisville claiming a 2-1 win on its home field at Cardinal Park. Ohio State last defeated the Cardinals during the 2007 campaign, earning a 1-0 win over Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Championships Nov. 28 in Columbus.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite an even second half of play, the Buckeyes fell 2-0 at Indiana Sept. 29 in Bloomington, Ind., to begin conference action. Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov tied his season high with 10 saves vs. the Hoosiers, while the Buckeyes produced a strong second half, collecting a 3-2 advantage in corners, while shots were 8-5 in favor of Indiana. The Hoosiers scored their two goals in a three minute span following a deflection and header during the 33rd and 37th minutes, respectively. Sage Gardner and Kenny Cunningham each had two shots on goal, while Ryan Invancic also had a shot on target.
Seven Buckeye newcomers/underclassmen gained valuable Big Ten experience in the second session vs. the Hoosiers: Diego Aguirre, Danny Jensen, Henry Chancy, Christian Soldat, Alex Bujenovic, Austin Bergstrom and Kofi Agyapong all tallied minutes against Indiana.
Ohio State returns to Big Ten play this weekend, hosting conference-rival Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
MAKE B1G PLANS
Ohio State is the host of the 2013 Big Ten Championship, scheduled for Nov. 13-17 on Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Action will begin Wednesday, Nov. 13 with three quarterfinal matches. The No. 1 seed and first-round winners will meet in the semifinals Friday, Nov. 15 with the championship taking place Sunday, Nov. 17. Wednesday contests will be streamed on BTN.com with the semifinals and final matches appearing on BTN.