COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's soccer team welcomes Michigan State to Columbus for a Big Ten clash at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sunday is Alumni Day and a celebration of 100 years of Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference. Following the contest, the OSU women's team will take on Purdue at 3 p.m. Admission to both games is free.
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).
The Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and a member of the Big Ten Conference during the 2012-13 sports season.
Commemorating this special anniversary, the Ohio State men's soccer team will be wearing the official 100-year logo on its uniforms vs. Michigan State Sunday.
Go to OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 for more information, videos and schedule of events of the 100-year celebration.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are 4-6-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the Big Ten after dropping a double-overtime heartbreaker to Michigan, 3-2, last Sunday. Ohio State found the scoreboard with Chris Hegngi's first goal of the season and a Wolverine own goal.
Nine players have tallied at least one goal this year with five holding multiple scores. McAnena and Yianni Sarris are tied for the team lead in assists with three.
A different starting lineup has been used in all 11 games of 2012. Defenders and captains Chris Gomez and Sage Gardner, along with freshman midfielder Zach Mason are the only mainstays to take the pitch at the start of each contest.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G
Ohio State is tops in the Big Ten in shots (161, 14.64spg) and third in both total points (46) and goals (16). They Buckeyes are second in assists (14). Conversely, they are last in the conference in goals-allowed, giving up 22.
Individually, Austin McAnena is fourth in the league with nine points and in a 10-way tie for third, along with teammate Yianni Sarris, for third place in assists with three. Kenny Cunningham's two game-winning tallies stand atop the standings, while Chris Hegngi is second in shots (36, 3.27).
Austin McAnena was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week Monday.
Now the leading scorer of the Buckeyes, McAnena tallied seven points on the week as Ohio State downed Butler, 4-1, and dropped a double-overtime contest to Michigan, 3-2.
Against the Bulldogs, the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native netted three goals on three shots for his first career hat trick and the first for an OSU player since the 2005 season.
He also notched an assist in the Buckeye's double overtime contest against the Wolverines, ending the week with a team-high nine points on the season (3g, 3a).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Also coming off a double-overtime loss, MSU fell to 3-6-1 overall and started Big Ten play with an 0-1 record, after losing to Northwestern, 2-1, last Sunday. It was the third double-overtime setback of the season for the Spartans.
They played a man down for the final third of the game after Jay Chapman was whistled for a handball in the box, receiving a red card. Chapman had started all eight games he played for MSU this season.
The Spartans are led in scoring by Adam Montague with two goals and two assists, while seven others have added single tallies.
Bryce Dobbins has played all 10 games in goal, giving up 13 scores and tallying 29 saves.
MSU is last in the conference in scoring, averaging 3.0 points and less than a goal per game.
LAST TIME VS. MSU
The Buckeyes topped Michigan State, 2-1, Oct. 2, 2011, at DeMartin Soccer Complex in East Lansing, Mich., live on the Big Ten Network. With the win, Ohio State improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten for the second year in a row and 6-4-1 on the season, while the Spartans dropped to 2-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference.
Chris Gomez and Chris Hegngi each found the back of the net for Ohio State as it captured its seventh-consecutive meeting vs. Michigan State dating back through the 2006 season.
All three goals scored in the game were within a six and a half minute span in the first half, beginning in the ninth minute and ending with Hegngi's game winner in the 15th.
The win marked the first in a true road game for Ohio State since Sept. 25, 2010, at Michigan (1-0), a span of five losses.
Although Michigan State leads the all-time series 22-17-2, the Buckeyes have captured each of the last seven meetings by a combined 11-2 score. The two Spartan goals have come with one each in the last two meetings.
LAST TIME OUT
Chris Hegngi got the monkey off his back, scoring his first goal 11 games into the season, but in the end Michigan topped the Buckeyes, 3-2, late in the second overtime last Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hegngi, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, found the back in the 40th minute to equalize the score at one-all. He would pace the Buckeye attack throughout the match, ending the match with a game-high five shots, including a header in the first extra period which nearly gave Ohio State the win.
It was Michigan's Jack Brown, however, who produced the game-winning goal in the 110th minute. His free kick from 65 yards out sailed into the upper left quadrant of the goal, helped along by teammate TJ Vanderslooten's boxing out of Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Ivanov in the box.
The goal cemented the 10th-consecutive match decided by one goal or less between the teams.
Four of Ohio State's next five games are here in JOMS, beginning Sunday vs. the Spartans.
The Buckeyes welcome in-state rival Bowling Green to town at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fans are encouraged to play soccer bingo during the contest vs. the Falcons, in addition to partaking in Buck-a-Brat or Burger Night (while supplies last).
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