COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team closes out its regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Wisconsin in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 6-9-2 on the season and 0-4-1 in the Big Ten, while the Badgers enter the weekend at 6-7-4 overall and 1-3-1 in the league.
IF YOU GO
Admission to the match is FREE.
The senior day ceremony to honor Ohio State’s five senior student-athletes will begin at 12:40 p.m.
Ohio State seat cushions will be given out to the first 200 fans.
The game Sunday will be streamed online through BuckeyeVision with commentary from Scarlet & Gray radio announcers and will be available to all of Ohio State’s BuckeyeVision subscribers.
The Buckeyes and Badgers also can be followed via Gametracker through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, linked from the front page, as well as the men's soccer schedule page, and Twitter updates can be received from @OhioState_MSOC.
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IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are coming off a 4-4 draw with Penn State last Sunday in University Park, Pa. Kenny Cunningham, Chris Hegngi and Louie Berra accounted for the Buckeye scores, along with a PSU own goal, while Brady Wahl added a pair of assists in the first half. The four goals tie Ohio State's season high and the eight combined tallies stand as a single-match high in any game with a Big Ten team this season.
Austin McAnena leads the Buckeyes with 11 points (4g, 3a), while is next in line with nine points (3g, 3a) is Chris Hegngi. In all, 16 OSU players have tallied at least a point this season, and 10 Buckeyes have scored a goal.
The Buckeyes are ranked second in the Big Ten in shots (238), points (71) and goals (25). They are two goals off last year’s final figure (27), which was more than Ohio State had scored through either of the last two entire seasons.
A different starting lineup has been used in 15 of 17 games in 2012. Defenders and captains Chris Gomez and Sage Gardner, along with Hegngi and freshman midfielder Zach Mason are the only mainstays to take the pitch at the start of each contest.
Goalkeepers Alex Wimmer and Alex Ivanov have divided time between the pipes this season with Wimmer making each of the last five starts. He has 1.76 goals-against average and a .731 save percentage with a 4-5-1 record.
Congratulations to five seniors who play in their last home game today vs. the Badgers.
They also helped Buckeyes to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2010 and end their careers with a winning record against Indiana at 3-2.
Just as notably, they each have been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete at least once and have earned a combined six Academic All-Big Ten selections.
Head coach John Bluem on the class: “They have been great people on and off the field as athletes, students and true ambassadors of The Ohio State University. Each will be missed.”
Senior Ben Killian redshirted this season after injuring his foot in the preseason. He will return as a redshirt senior for the 2013 campaign.
Wisconsin enters the game Sunday at 6-7-4 overall and 1-3-1 in the Big Ten and have a two-game shutout streak in play. The Badgers tied conference-leading Northwestern, 0-0, last Sunday after knocking off UMKC, 2-0, earlier in the week.
Jacob Brindle had both scores in the win over UMKC, after not seeing game action since mid-September.
Chris Prince is currently atop the team in total scoring with 11 points (3g, 5a), while Nick Janus is the leading goal scorer with four.
The Buckeyes lead the Badgers in the all-time series, with a 15-11-2 record, including a 7-1-1 record in the last nine matches.
In the last meeting, Chris Hegngi scored his Big Ten-leading ninth goal of the season to help Ohio State take over first place in the Big Ten with a 2-0 shutout win vs. Oct. 30, 2011, at the McClimon Complex in Madison, Wis.
The Buckeyes were then unbeaten in six of their last seven games, the improving to 10-5-2 overall and 4-1-0 in the Big Ten. Hegngi scored on a first-half penalty kick for what stood as his third game-winning goal of the year before his older brother Parnell Hegngi added an insurance goal midway through the second half.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes battled back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to force overtime and come away with a 4-4 draw Oct. 28 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.
The four goals tie Ohio State's season high and the eight combined tallies stand as a single-match high in any game with a Big Ten team this season.
The Buckeyes, who trailed by two in the second half, took their match into overtime for the fourth time this season and out-shot the Nittany Lions 4-1 in extra time. No opportunity was closer than Joshua Breto's header late in the first bonus session though as the senior forward sent the attempt inches wide left.
Goalkeeper Alex Wimmer stopped the only PSU shot in overtime, a blast by Hasani Sinclair from close range in the 109th minute.
The Big Ten tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 7 with three quarterfinal matches (1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.) at Lakeside Field in Evaston, Ill. The semifinals take place Friday, Nov. 9 at noon and 2:30 with the championship match scheduled for noon Sunday, Nov. 11. All times are Central.
Live stats will be available for each game and Big Ten Network will televise each match live starting in the semifinal round.