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Men’s soccer more than doubles last season’s win total

Plus weekend results from women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball.

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It’s been an exciting season already for soccer at Ohio State. With just four games under the squad’s belt, the men’s soccer team has already beaten its win total from last season -- and then some. Overall, it’s been a solid start for head coach Brian Maissoneuve in his second season at the helm, and the myriad of incoming transfers and new freshmen have been able to immediately contribute on the field.

Despite losing their season opener to California State University - Northridge, the Buckeyes bounced back with two-straight wins this past weekend to add to their 1-0 victory over UIC last week. Friday, Ohio State brought home a 1-0 victory over Dayton in overtime on the road. Joe Ortiz, a junior transfer from Air Force was the hero of the game, finding the net for his first goal as a Buckeye to secure the win for his team.

The Buckeyes followed up that win with a 3-2 triumph over Eastern Illinois, which also took place in Dayton. After going up 2-0 early, EIU fought back to tie things up late. Finally, in the 90th minute, redshirt senior Jake Scheper scored to put the Buckeyes ahead for good. Next up, the men look to continue their winning ways as they take on Bowling Green on the road Friday.

While the women’s squad is still searching for its first win of the season after falling to Texas A&M 1-0 on the road Friday and TCU 3-1 Sunday, the program has a chance to bounce back Friday when the Buckeyes return home to face Miami (OH).

Field hockey falls to Virginia

In the squad’s first loss of the season, the 14th-ranked Buckeyes fell to No. 11 Virginia 2-1 on the road Sunday. Overall, the Buckeyes were outshot 31-11, but recorded 15 saves to Virginia’s six. In the end, senior captain Esther Clotet Alsina and true freshman Mackenzie Allessie once again emerged as leaders on the squad, with Allessie providing the assist for Alsina scoring the team’s only goal of the game.

With the loss, Ohio State falls to 3-1 on the season, but has a chance to bounce back Friday when the Buckeyes return home to face Central Michigan. However, the bigger match of the weekend looks to be taking place Sunday, when the Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 12 Louisville at home.

Volleyball posts 1-2 record on the weekend

The women’s volleyball team finished the Champyinz Invitational in Pittsburgh this weekend with a win over Duquesne and losses to No. 10 Pitt and Green Bay. The tournament opened Friday against Pitt, with the Buckeyes falling in straight sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) to the Panthers. However, the Buckeyes bounced back, posting a 3-0 win of their own over Duquesne (25-9, 25-23, 25-19) before falling to Green Bay in four sets (13-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20).

With the matches over the weekend, the Buckeyes are sitting with a 3-3 record on the season. Next up, Ohio State continues its road trip as the team travels to Bowling Green, Kentucky to face Tulane, Western Kentucky and Bowling Green in the Holiday Inn - University Plaza Invitational this weekend.

Buckeyes cruising on professional and international stages

With Minor League Baseball’s playoffs starting this week, four former Buckeyes find themselves in professional postseason play, including:

  • Jacob Barnwell, Grand Junction Rockies
  • Dominic Canzone, Hillsboro Hops
  • Ronnie Dawson, Round Rock Express
  • Jalen Washington, Lake Elsinore Storm

In addition to baseball, eight current and former Buckeyes from eight different nations competed at the World Rowing Championships in Austria last week. In all, four of these rowers were able to help their respective countries’ boats advance to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Winter sports announce schedules

Ohio State women’s basketball announced its TV schedule this past week, with at least 11 games scheduled to be televised during the Buckeyes’ 2019-20 campaign. Chief among this group is Ohio State’s Nov. 24 matchup against UConn, which is scheduled to be aired on ESPN, In addition, the Buckeyes’ Jan. 6 game on the road against Maryland is slated for ESPN2.

With the new Covelli Center ready and waiting, the wrestling team is slated to host four conference matchups within its walls this season, including Rutgers, Illinois Maryland and Northwestern. Ohio State, which recently announced it will be captained by All-Americans Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher, will be on the road for tough matches against Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and, to close its conference slate, Penn State Feb. 15. In addition to these Big Ten dual matchups, the Buckeyes are also scheduled to play host to Arizona State, Cornell, tanford and Virginia Tech. Wrestling is scheduled to kickoff its 2019-20 campaign with the Michigan State Open in East Lansing Nov. 2.

Finally, the fencing program released its 2019-20 schedule, with competition slated to begin with the OSU Open individual competition and OSU Dual team competition at the end of September.