COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team welcomes in-state foe Bowling Green to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Buckeyes, who will return to Big Ten play against Northwestern Sunday afternoon in Evanston, sit at 4-7-1 on the season, while the Falcons enter the week at 4-5-2.
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 Wednesday night game will be Buck-a-Burger Night at JOMS. Get burgers for $1 as long as supplies last.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are 4-7-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the Big Ten after falling to Michigan State, 2-1, last Sunday. Ohio State found the scoreboard with Yianni Sarris’ first goal as a Buckeye, giving the sophomore transfer from FGCU five points on the season.
Ten players have tallied at least one goal this year with five holding multiple scores. McAnena and Sarris are tied for the team lead in assists with three.
A different starting lineup has been used in 11 of 12 games of 2012 with the only repeats coming in the last two games. Defenders and captains Chris Gomez and Sage Gardner, along with senior forward Chris Hegngi and freshman midfielder Zach Mason are the only mainstays to take the pitch at the start of each contest.
BGSU head coach Eric Nichols is a 2000 graduate of Ohio State. He played one year for the Buckeyes under coach Gary Avedikian in 1990, before returning to school after a brief professional career to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Sophomore defender Alex Bechtol is in his first year with the OSU program after transferring from Bowling Green. With the Falcons in 2011, Bechtol played every minute of the Falcons' first 17 games last fall – including BGSU's match at Ohio State – before missing the final contest of 2011 with an injury. Since coming to Ohio State, the Galena, Ohio, native has made seven starts, including each of the last four contests, and has seen action in 10 games.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
At 4-5-2, the Falcons have lost three of their last five games but are coming off a 2-1 victory over MAC opponent Western Michigan.
Danny Baraldi leads the Falcons in scoring, with team-best totals of five goals and 12 points, after scoring a goal and an assist in the win over Western Michigan. Anthony Grant has eight points on three goals and a pair of assists, while Zach Lemke and Ryan James each have four points, with a goal and two assists apiece.
In goal, Michael Wiest has played every minute of the Falcons’ 11 games, tallying 58 saves, a goals-against average of 1.21 and three shutouts.
LAST TIME VS. THE FALCONS
Brady Wahl scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute as the Buckeyes defeated Bowling Green, 1-0, in overtime Oct. 5, 2011, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win was the third in four games for the Buckeyes and gave them a 7-4-1 record on the season, while the Falcons had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped to fall to 7-3-1 overall.
The score was the first of Wahl's career and ended a string of fruitless opportunities that plagued Ohio State throughout much of the match.
Credit also went to the OSU defense who secured its second shutout of the season and goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who made five key saves, including one with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the Falcons off the board and force extra time.
Ohio State has captured each of the last four meetings with Bowling Green, although it trails in the all-time series 13-24-2.
The Buckeyes have posted 1-0 wins in each of the last three matchups, including an overtime decision last year at JOMS, and own a five-game winning streak vs. the Falcons at home.
The Buckeyes are 80-30-15 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 3-3-1 at JOMS this season with four home games remaining on the schedule.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State lost to Michigan State Sunday at JOMS, 2-1, despite. Sophomore transfer Yianni Sarris scored his first goal as a Buckeye, cutting into the two-goal deficit late in the second half off an assist from fellow sophomore Zach Dobey, who earned his first career point on the play.
The Buckeyes finished on top in shots, 14-10, and corners, 6-4. Both goalkeepers finished made four saves, three apiece in the first half and one in the second.
Northwestern will host the Buckeyes at noon CT (1 p.m. ET) in a BTN-televised match from Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
The Wildcats, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll this week, are 7-2-2 overall and undefeated in the Big Ten after two games. They face No. 7 Notre Dame Tuesday night on their home turf.