Nov. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth-seeded Ohio State men’s soccer team will face third-seeded and 18th-ranked Michigan State in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The winner of the contest Wednesday will face the winner between second-seeded Wisconsin and seventh-seeded Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Columbus.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
For fans that cannot make it to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, there are a variety of ways of follow the action. All three of Wednesday’s quarterfinal games will be broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network at www.video.btn.com. BuckeyeVision subscribers also can watch the same live online broadcast on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. On Friday, fans can watch the both semifinal games live on BTN. The championship game also will air live on BTN. A link to live stats will be available from the calendar tab on the front page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com or the men’s soccer schedule page. Twitter updates will also be available from @OhioState_MSOC.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
- Ohio State has three previous championships to its credit, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2007 and 2009.
- In 21 appearances, the Buckeyes are 15-17-2 for the third-best winning percentage in the league.
- As the No. 7 seed, Ohio State was ousted by Northwestern 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 sit at 5-7-5 on the season after dropping a 2-0 match at No. 16 Wisconsin Nov. 8 in Madison. They have wins over Northern Illinois, SMU, Oakland, Cleveland State and Penn State, while claiming five draws this season, including three against nationally-ranked opponents Louisville, Michigan State and Northwestern.
• The Scarlet and Gray posted a five-match unbeaten streak from Oct. 13-Nov. 2 defeating Cleveland State, Oakland, and Penn State, while tying Northwestern and Michigan State in double overtime.
• Ohio State is tied for first in the Big Ten with Northwestern with nine shutouts in 2013.
• Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has eight shutouts in 16 games this season, surpassing the total from all of 2012 (2).
• Ivanov is second in the country in saves per game (6.31), fourth in saves percentage (0.866) and sixth in total saves (101).
• 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 Nov. 2. He has scored eight of his nine points in the last four 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.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State travels to Columbus with a 10-4-3 record and a 3-2-1 mark in conference play. Last time out, the Spartans defeated Michigan, 2-0, Nov. 9 in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans are led by fifth-year head coach Damon Rensing, which led Michigan State to the tournament title in 2012 for its third tournament championship in program history. Offensively, redshirt junior forward Tim Kreutz leads the team with 20 points on eight goals and four assists followed by junior forward Adam Montague with 13 points on four goals and five assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Bennett is 10-4-3, posting nine shutouts with a .865 saves percentage.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 22-17-3 vs. the Buckeyes. The two teams tied, 1-1, in double overtime Oct. 13 in East Lansing, Mich. However, Ohio State has claimed wins in seven out of the last nine meetings vs. the Spartans. Head coach John Bluem is 11-7-3 all-time vs. Michigan State.
IVANOV CLIMBS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES LIST
With his six saves at Wisconsin, junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov is now seventh on the OSU single-season saves list with 101 stops. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem with 94 saves in the upset win over Penn State Nov. 2 in Columbus. He is two 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.
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.
IVANOV NAMED B1G DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Ivanov was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Nov 4. Ivanov, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, earned his second-consecutive conference weekly honor and third of the season.
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 second in the Big Ten. He posted a shutout span of more than 445 minutes of play, from Oct. 18-Nov. 8 in 2013. Ivanov also earned conference accolades on Sept. 3 and Oct. 28 as well this season.
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.
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 171-125-48 record at Ohio State. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 257-152-59.