Buckeyes Open B1G Tourney With Northwestern Wednesday
Ohio State enters postseason as the No. 7 seed against the host and second-seed Wildcats
The Buckeyes last won the Big Ten Tournament in 2009.
Nov. 6, 2012
Match #19: Ohio State (6-9-3, 0-4-2) at Northwestern (10-4-4, 3-1-2) Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Wednesday, Nov. 7 | 7 p.m. ET (6 CT) | Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.) LINKS:Live Video | Gametracker | Twitter | Facebook
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-seeded Ohio State men’s soccer team begins play in the 2012 Big Ten tournament against No. 2 seed and host Northwestern at 7 p.m. ET (6 CT) Wednesday at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season without a loss in their final two games and are sitting at 6-9-3 overall and 0-4-2 in the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s match against the Wildcats is the third of three quarterfinal games and will be preceded by the 4/5 contest between Indiana and Michigan State at 1 p.m. CT and No. 3 seed Michigan vs. sixth-seeded Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Northwestern is host of the 2012 tournament at picturesque Lakeside Field in Evanston.
The tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 7 with three quarterfinal matches (1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.). 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.
Tickets are all general admission and are $8 for adults and $5 for youth, senior citizens and students per day. They only will be sold per day (no all-session passes or one-game tickets will be available).
All games of the Big Ten Tournament can be followed via Gametracker, with the OSU games linked from the front page and men's soccer schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
In addition, the quarterfinal-round games Wednesday will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network at BTN.com. and both semifinal matches (noon and 2:30 p.m., Friday) and the championship (Noon, Sunday) will be aired live on BTN. All times are Central.
Follow the Buckeyes on Twitter (@OhioState_MSOC) and use #B1GMSoccer to get updates throughout the tournament from the conference office and participating schools.
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BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has three previous championships to its credit, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2007 and 2009.
In 20 appearances, the Buckeyes are 15-16-2 for the third-best winning percentage in the league.
As the No. 2 seed, Ohio State was ousted by Penn State in the quarterfinals last season, 2-0. Its last appearance in semifinal action came during the 2009 run to the title as the top seed.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are coming off a scoreless draw with Wisconsin in the regular-season finale last Sunday in Columbus.
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 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 16 of 18 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 six starts. He has 1.57 goals-against average and a .753 save percentage with a 4-5-2 record.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes ended their regular season with a 0-0 draw against Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State outshot Wisconsin 4-0 in extra time, including a pair of chances from senior forward Chris Hegngi who, along with fellow senior Austin McAnena, paced the attack with four shots apiece on the day.
Regulation was a tale of two halves as the teams struggled to find a method of scoring. The first period was played in the respective attacking thirds with each squad dominating time of possession in increments, while the second half featured more deliberate play with action taking place in the midfield as the two sides worked to set up plays.
Ohio State finished with an 18-10 advantage in shots for the day and a 7-5 margin in corner kicks. Both goalkeepers tallied six saves with four coming in the first half.
The Wildcats finished the Big Ten regular season with 11 points (3-1-2) and share the 2012 crown with co-champion Penn State (3-1-2, 11 points). This is the second-consecutive conference crown for the Wildcats.
Joey Calistri (7g, 2a) and Chris Ritter (5g, 5a) sit atop the team in scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and are ranked second and third in the conference in total scoring.
Calistri is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this week after scoring in the Wildcats’ draw with Indiana which gave them the point they needed to share the regular-season title.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller and senior defender Jarrett Baughman have played all 1,735 minutes of the season. Miller has a 0.78 goals-against average with seven shutouts to his credit.
Ohio State is 18-9-2 all-time vs. Northwestern, though the Wildcats have been victorious in each of the last seven regular-season meetings.
The Buckeyes hold a 5-0 record vs. Northwestern in Big Ten Tournament play.
The last OSU victory in the series came in 2005 when they defeated NU, 1-0, in the tourney in Evanston. They also captured the regular-season meeting that year.
LAST TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN
The Buckeyes fell 1-0 to Northwestern Oct. 14 at a rain-soaked and windblown Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
Eric Weberman scored the lone goal of the contest, burying a free kick from 40 yards out in the 35th minute. Seven OSU players produced shots in the contest, led by two from senior captain Austin McAnena.
Weberman's goal came after a foul was called on Ohio State 40 yards out from the goal, near the right sideline. His shot curled into the box and, as both teams tried to gain control, the ball bounced at the 6-yard box and kicked up into the top left corner.