Nov. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team concludes the regular season at 8 p.m. ET Friday at No. 16 Wisconsin at McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes (5-6-5, 1-2-2 B1G) extended their unbeaten match streak to five-consecutive contests after shutting out Big Ten regular season champion Penn State, 1-0, in double overtime last time out, while the Badgers (12-3-2, 3-2-0 B1G) are on a four-match unbeaten streak after downing Northwestern, 1-0, in Evanston, Ill.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
For those unable to make it to Madison this week, the match at Wisconsin 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 Friday is available on Gametracker, as well as Twitter updates from @OhioState_MSOC, will also be in play Friday night.
B1G TOURNAMENT UP NEXT IN COLUMBUS
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 STANDINGS
Penn State holds a 5-1 mark at the top of the Big Ten standings followed by Wisconsin and Michigan at No. 2 with 3-2 records. Michigan State is fourth with a 2-2 mark, while Ohio State is fifth at 1-2-2. Northwestern is 1-3-1 in the standings, while Indiana sits in seventh place with a 1-4 record.
The bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Tournament will be announced following competition of Sunday’s match between the Wolverines and Spartans.
IN A NUTSHELL
• The Buckeyes sit at 5-6-5 on the season after claiming a 1-0 shutout double overtime win against No. 9 Penn State last Saturday in Columbus. They have wins over Northern Illinois, SMU, Oakland, Cleveland State and the Nittany Lions, while claiming five draws this season, including three against nationally-ranked opponents Louisville, Michigan State and Northwestern.
• The Scarlet and Gray have defeated Cleveland State, Oakland, and the Nittany Lions, while tying Northwestern and Michigan State in double overtime during their current five-match unbeaten streak.
• Ohio State is tied for first in the Big Ten with Northwestern with nine shutouts in 2013.
• Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has eight shutouts in 15 games this season, surpassing the total from all of 2012 (2).
• Ivanov is second in the country in saves per game (6.33) and fourth in saves percentage (.896) and total saves (95).
• Ohio State’s 13 goals have been scored by nine different players; while 12 different members have earned an assist this season.
• Freshman Danny Jensen leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists. Jensen scored the gamewinning goal in the 107th minute vs. Penn State. He has scored eight of his nine points in the last three matches.
• Junior Ryan Ivancic is second on the team with eight points this year.
• Ohio State returns four starters in Gardner, a senior captain, juniors Zach Dobey and Kenny Cunningham and sophomore Zach 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.
JENSEN DOES IT AGAIN
Freshman Danny Jensen tallied his second-consecutive gamewinning goal in the thrilling 1-0 double overtime win against No. 9 Penn State Nov. 2. Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., scored from the far post at 107:48 to claim the victory, snapping the Big Ten regular season champion Nittany Lion's undefeated conference record in the team's home finale. He collected a cross junior midfielder Max Moller on the far side and beat the PSU center back to the far post, blasting his third goal of the year into the top right of the net for the clinching score with less than three minutes to go in extra time.
Jensen scored lone goal in the 1-0 win over Cleveland State in the 70th minute of play after heading a high cross by junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic in front of the net. Jensen is on a three-match point streak, collecting three goals and two assists during that span.
IVANOV NAMED B1G DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Ivanov was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Ivanov, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, earns his second-consecutive conference weekly honor and third of his career.
Ivanov helped the Buckeyes upset No. 9 Penn State, 1-0, in double overtime Nov. 2, claiming his eighth shutout of the season, which is tied for first in the Big Ten. He has not allowed a goal in 423:47 minutes of play, dating back to Oct. 13 at Michigan State. With his five saves, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem for seventh on the OSU single-season saves list with 95 stops in 2013.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Last time out, Wisconsin earned a 1-0 win at No. 25 Northwestern Nov. 3 and moved up to No. 16 in the latest NSCAA Division I National Rankings released Tuesday. The Badgers have gone unbeaten in seven of their last eight matches after Chris Prince scored the lone goal vs. the Wildcats in the 55th minute. Offensively, Nick Janus leads the group with 18 points (8g, 2a) followed by Jacob Brindle with 17 points (8g, 1a). Goalkeeper Casey Beyers is 8-3-1 with a 1.38 goals-against average this year.
IVANOV CLIMBS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES LIST
With his five saves vs. Penn State, junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov is now seventh on the OSU single-season saves list with 95 stops. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem with 94 saves last time out. He is eight saves from tying Todd McCandlish (1995) for sixth in the OSU records book with 103. Gary Karetsky holds the OSU single-season record with 148 saves set during the 1984 campaign.
BIG TEN PREDICTIONSSenior 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 171-124-48 record at Ohio State. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 257-151-59.