Oct. 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes continue a four-game homestand, hosting Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday 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. Oakland 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 evening.
IN A NUTSHELL
• The Buckeyes sit at 2-6-5 on the season after claiming a double-overtime scoreless draw vs. No. 16 Northwestern last Sunday. They have wins over Northern Illinois and SMU, while claiming five draws this season, including three against nationally-ranked opponents Louisville, Michigan State and most recently vs. the Wildcats.
• Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has five shutouts in 12 games this season, surpassing the total from all of 2012 (2).
• Ivanov is second in the country in saves (80) and saves per game (6.67) and fifth in saves percentage (.879).
• Ohio State’s seven goals have been scored by six different players; while six different members have earned an assist this season.
• Ryan Ivancic leads the team with four points this year. Ivancic scored the tying-goal against Michigan State Oct. 13 with less than six minutes left in regulation.
• Kofi Agyapong collected his first career point as a Buckeye in the tie vs. the Spartans, setting up the scoring opportunity when he sent a low cross to Ivancic for the goal.
• 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.
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES
The Golden Grizzlies travel to Columbus with a 5-3-5 record and are 3-0-1 in the Horizon League. Last time out, Oakland fell at Michigan State, 3-0, Oct. 16 in East Lansing, Mich., after defeating Wright State, 2-1, in Dayton Oct. 12. The Golden Grizzlies have allowed just 1.15 goals per game this year and hold a 78-61 advantage in corner kicks. Joey Tinnion leads the team with 14 points (6g, 2a) followed by Miche’le Lipari with nine points (4g, 1a). Goalkeeper Sean Lewis is 5-2-5 this season with a 0.90 goals-against average, including three shutouts.
The Buckeyes hold a 10-0-2 mark vs. the Golden Grizzlies. Last time vs. Oakland, Ohio State won 2-1 on the road during the 2011 campaign. Adam Gorski beat the Oakland keeper on a volley from 22 yards out in the 63rd minute to help the Buckeyes earn the victory, while Kenny Cunningham posted his second career goal against Oakland.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes grinded their way to a scoreless double-overtime draw against No. 16 Northwestern. The Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2 Big Ten) have now claimed three overtime draws vs. Top 20 opponents in the last two weeks. The matchup vs. the Wildcats (8-3-3, 1-1-1 Big Ten) concludes a six-game stretch vs. 2012 NCAA opponents.
“We played well in a tough battle vs. Northwestern,” head coach John Bluem said. “Both teams had their opportunities and we felt like we deserved to win a game like this during our stretch of opponents we’ve faced the last three weeks. The team’s attitude is great and we are going to continue to grind away offensively and try to make something happen this year.”
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov had another solid outing between the posts, collecting seven saves to move to 2-5-4 this season. He now has notched five shutouts in 2013. Overall, the Buckeyes have collected six shutout matches in 2013.
IVANOV CLIMBS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES LIST
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov is four goals away from cracking the Top 10 on the Ohio State single-season saves list. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov is four stops from tying former Buckeye Matt Lampson with 84 saves for tenth overall. Gary Karetsky holds the OSU single-season record with 148 saves set during the 1984 campaign.
Ohio State concludes the non-conference schedule, hosting Cleveland State at Noon 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.
BIG TEN PREDICTIONS
Senior captain Sage Gardner, along with classmate Ben Killian and junior Alec Lowell are among the 21 student-athletes deemed “Players to Watch” by the Big Ten at the start of the season. The team was selected seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll released Aug. 21. Indiana, who is ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA preseason Top 25 poll as the defending national champions, is atop the preseason conference standings. Reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by No. 3 Northwestern, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Penn State. The Wildcats and Nittany Lions shared the Big Ten title in 2012.
Nine freshmen make up the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s rookie class, named No. 29 in the country by College Soccer News prior to the season. The group is the fourth-highest ranked class in the Big Ten behind No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Michigan and No. 28 Northwestern. All eight freshmen field players have seen action so far this season with many expected to continue playing integral roles in the Buckeyes’ regular-season campaign.
FREE FOR ALL
The Buckeyes’ schedule includes 10 matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with home Big Ten action kicking off Oct. 6 against Michigan. Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s soccer regular-season home games.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
Ohio State will make at least two appearances on BTN this season. Seven additional home games will be streamed online through BTN.com with the remaining three available via BuckeyeVision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes open the Big Ten schedule Sept. 29, taking on defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The 2 p.m. ET match will be broadcast live on BTN. The squad also will appear on BTN at Michigan State Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The semifinals and final of the Big Ten Championship, hosted by Ohio State Nov. 13-17, also will be shown live on BTN.
John Bluem, the winningest coach in OSU program history, is in his 17th season at the helm of the Buckeyes. The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year owns a 168-124-48 record at Ohio State. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 254-151-59.