Nov. 8, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The second-seeded Ohio State men's soccer team begins play in the Big Ten Tournament vs. No. 7 seed Penn State in the quarterfinals at approximately 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at U-M Soccer Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 4-2-0 mark in conferences games, tying them with Wisconsin for a second-place finish and the No. 2 seed by virtue of tiebreaker. They now have finished in first or second place in the league in seven of the last eight seasons.
Ohio State's match with the Nittany Lions (7-8-4, 0-6-0) will be preceded by a contest featuring No. 4 seed Indiana (11-3-4, 3-1-2) and No. 5 Michigan State (7-7-4, 2-2-2) (1 p.m.) and will be followed by a meeting between No. 3 seed Wisconsin (9-7-2, 4-2-0) and No. 6 seed Michigan (5-13-1, 1-5-0) (6:30 p.m.).
TOURNEY SNAPSHOT - Michigan will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The tournament runs from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round will be played Wednesday and the semifinals will be contested on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13. Michigan will be the No. 6 seed and play the 6:30 p.m. first-round game on Wednesday, Nov. 9, against No. 3 seed Wisconsin. [Big Ten Tournament Central]
IF YOU GO - Ticket prices are $10 for chairbacks, $8 for adult general admission and $5 children/senior citizen and student GA per day and are good for re-entry for that day. Tickets will only be sold per day (no all-session passes or one-game tickets will be available). Parking is free in the parking lot off State Street adjacent to the Varsity Tennis Center.
LIVE ACTION - 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 first-round games Wednesday will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network at BTN.com. and both semifinal matches (1 and 3:30 p.m., Friday) and the championship (Noon, Sunday) will be aired live on BTN.
KEEPING UP WITH THE BUCKEYES - Stay up-to-date with Buckeye men's soccer news by following the team on twitter (@OhioState_MSOC) and "liking" the Scarlet and Gray on Facebook.
#B1GMSoccer - Get updates throughout the tournament from the conference office and participating schools.
- Big Ten: @BigTenChamps
- Indiana: @IUMensSoccer
- Michigan: @umichsoccer
- Michigan State: @MSU_msoccer
- Ohio State: @OhioState_MSOC
- Penn State: @PSUsportsJR
- Northwestern: @NUMensSoccer
- Wisconsin: @BadgerMSoccer
IN A NUTSHELL
- At 10-6-2, Ohio State finished its regular season unbeaten in six of its final eight games (5-2-1) and shut out four opponents in that stretch. The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 27-20, more team goals than either of the previous two seasons.
- With a 4-2-0 Big Ten ledger, the Buckeyes finished tied for second with Wisconsin. It is the seventh time in eight years they have finished among the Top 2 teams at the end of the regular season
- With a Big Ten-leading nine goals, junior midfielder Chris Hegngi has paced the Ohio State attack this season, which is ranked third in the Big Ten in total team scoring (4.06 ppg) and second in goals (1.50 gpg) this season.
- Sebastian Rivas (4g, 1a), Parnell Hegngi (3g, 3a), Austin McAnena (3g, 2a) and Omar Vallejo (4a) also have produced offensively for the Buckeyes.
- The Ohio State defense, headlined by reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year David Tiemstra, has allowed an average of 1.11 goals per game.
- First Team All-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson has made all 17 starts and has 1.09 goals-against average with five shutouts. He is second all-time at Ohio State in career shutouts with 24, three away from the program record, following the 2-0 blanking of Wisconsin Oct. 30.
- Four Buckeye players have started all 18 games this season with the remaining seven spots divided among 11 players. As many as four starting spots have gone to rookies this season and a total of 13 players have tallied at least one point with 19 assists on 19 of the team's 27 goals.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
- Ohio State has three previous championships to its credit, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2007 and 2009.
- In 19 appearances, the Buckeyes are 15-16-1 for the third-best winning percentage in the league.
- They are 7-10 when playing the quarterfinal round, though they have won three of their last five appearances.
- As the No. 2 seed, Ohio State was ousted by Wisconsin in the quarterfinals last season. The teams battled to a scoreless draw, but the Badgers advanced on penalty kicks.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Buckeyes concluded the regular season with a 1-0 setback to ninth-ranked Indiana Saturday afternoon at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
- Indiana extended its unbeaten streak to seven games and improved to 11-3-4 on the season and 3-2-1 in the conference.
- The deciding goal came with just 14 seconds to play in the first half when Nikita Kotlov found the back of the net with his sixth of the season.
- Ohio State came out of the intermission ready to erase the deficit, but was unable to produce despite the nine-shot outburst. Chris Hegngi, Parnell Hegngi and Kenny Cunningham each produced a trio of shots in the period, with Chris placing a pair on goal.
- Matt Lampson ended the day with five saves.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
- Penn State has had a tough year, going 7-8-4 on the regular season and 0-6-0 in conference contests, dropping all six big Ten games by one goal (two in overtime).
- With a 0-2-2 record in its last four games, Penn State's last win came against UMBC on the road Oct. 19.
- Hasani Sinclair and Julian Cardona top the Nittany Lions with three goals, while Minh Vu (2g, 3a) is tied with the duo for the team lead in points with seven. Jordan Tyler and Mackenzie Arment also have scored multiple goals, with each netting two.
- Off the strength of a strong start to the season, goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton tied the Penn State record for shutouts in a season in 2011, recording 10, while compiling a 0.59 goals-against average.
SERIES HISTORY VS. PENN STATE
- The match Wednesday will be the 29th all-time meeting between the teams, with the Nittany Lions leading the series 15-11-2.
- Each of the last eight meetings have been decided by one goal.
- In Ohio State's 1-0 regular season overtime victory vs. Penn State Oct. 23 in Columbus, Austin McAnena scored the game-winning goal for the Buckeyes, scoring 5:57 into the first overtime period. The Nittany Lions held a 19-11 shot advantage, including a 6-4 edge in shots on goal, in the loss.
- Matt Lampson earned his second-consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor Oct. 31 after helping the Ohio State men's soccer team to a pair of wins over Oakland and conference foe Wisconsin the last week of October.
- This was the eighth career weekly accolade for the junior goalkeeper, who took over second place all-time in career shutouts at Ohio State with 24, three away from the program record, following a 2-0 blanking of Wisconsin Sunday.
- Lampson had seven saves vs. the Badgers, including five in the second half alone, as the Buckeyes earned the road win and moved atop the Big Ten standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
- Along with the defense, anchored by David Tiemstra, Chris Gomez, Sage Gardner and Ben Killian for the majority of the season, Lampson now has five shutouts to his credit and four in the previous six games.
- Earlier in the week, the Hilliard, Ohio, native tallied three saves in the Buckeyes' non-conference finale vs. Oakland, a 2-1 OSU victory, last Wednesday in Rochester, Mich.
- Lampson is the third Buckeye to earn weekly accolades from the conference. Parnell Hegngi (Sept. 5) and Chris Hegngi (Sept. 26) each were tabbed the offensive POW once this season.
- The Buckeyes have scored 27 goals through 18 games, more than they scored through either of the last two entire seasons. The last time an OSU team scored 27 goals in a season was 2008 through 21 games and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
- Ohio State averages 1.50 goals per game, good for second in the Big Ten, and has had 10 players find the back of the net this season, including five with multiple scores.
- As a team, Ohio State has tallied three or more goals on four occasions, including a combined seven goals over the two games in the Wolstein Classic. The team previously had not scored at least three goals in a game since the 2009 season and the last time they scored more than four combined goals in back-to-back games was during the 2007 NCAA Tournament and wins over UC Santa Barbara (4-1) and Bradley (4-0) on Dec. 2 and 9, respectively. The last time a Buckeye squad accomplished the feat of scoring three-plus goals in four games also was in 2007 (five games).
NEXT UP -- Following the conclusion of the Big Ten Tournament, conference teams will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show is slated for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 on NCAA.com. If the Buckeyes make the field for a fifth-consecutive season, complete information will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.