Oct. 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeyes continue a four-game homestand, hosting Cleveland State at Noon Sunday 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. Cleveland State 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 Sunday is available live through Buckeye Vision. Gametracker, as well as Twitter updates from @OhioState_MSOC, will also be in play Sunday afternoon.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes sit at 3-6-5 on the season after claiming a 4-0 shutout victory against Oakland last Wednesday in Columbus. They have wins over Northern Illinois, SMU and the Grizzlies, while claiming five draws this season, including three against nationally-ranked opponents Louisville, Michigan State and Northwestern.
Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has six shutouts in 13 games this season, surpassing the total from all of 2012 (2).
Ivanov is second in the country in saves (87) and saves per game (6.69) and fifth in saves percentage (.888).
Ohio State's 11 goals have been scored by nine different players; while 10 different members have earned an assist this season.
Junior Ryan Ivancic leads the team with seven points this year. Ivancic scored the first goal in the win over the Grizzlies, while also posting his first assist of the season.
Freshman Danny Jensen scored his first career goal in a four-point performance, while also notching a pair of assists.
Juniors Kenny Cunningham and Yianni Sarris each had goals in the win vs. Oakland, while classmate Zach Mason had a pair of helpers.
Ohio State returns four starters in Gardner, a senior captain, junior Zach Dobey, Cunningham 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 VIKINGS
Cleveland State is 6-9 overall and 2-2 in Horizon League play this season. Last time out, the Vikings defeated Detroit, 5-2, to claim their third-consecutive victory after dropping their previous five matches. Offensively, Admir Suljevic leads the team with 13 points on five goals and three assists followed by Sergio Manesio with 10 points on 4 goals and two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo is 3-5 with a 1.25 goals-against average.
Cleveland State leads the all-time series, 14-9-1, though the Buckeyes have won all seven games under head coach John Bluem. The last meeting took place Oct. 9, 2009, with OSU coming away with a 2-0 victory in Columbus. The series dates back to 1967 - the 15th season of Buckeye soccer.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes claimed a 4-0 shutout victory over Oakland Wednesday evening at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Three Buckeyes - Danny Jensen, Kenny Cunningham and Yianni Sarris - earned their first goal of the season, while OSU's leading scorer Ryan Ivancic notched the third of his junior campaign in the win against the Golden Grizzlies.
Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., collected a season-high four points, scoring his first career goal in the 26th minute on a header on the team's only corner kick of the evening. Jensen claimed assists on Ivancic's goal as well as Cunnigham's score, respectively. Cunningham made it a 3-0 contest when he sent a strong header in front of the net after a perfect ball was served in by freshman Austin Bergstrom during the 53rd minute. Ohio State scored its last goal when Sarris buried it into the net at 62:30 with assists from Ivancic and Mason.
Defensively, the game marked the seventh shutout of the season for Ohio State. Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov earned a solid seven saves over the course of the match, including four in the second half alone. Ohio State is now 11-0-2 all-time vs. Oakland.
IVANOV CLIMBS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES LIST
With his seven goals vs. Oakland, junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov is now tenth on the OSU single-season saves list with 87 stops. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Matt Lampson with 84 saves last time out. He is one save from tying Kerry Thompson (88) for ninth in the OSU records book. Gary Karetsky holds the OSU single-season record with 148 saves set during the 1984 campaign.
Ohio State concludes the home regular season schedule next weekend, hosting Penn State at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Columbus.
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 169-124-48 record at Ohio State. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 255-151-59.