The Ohio State men’s soccer team will host Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the team’s second preseason exhibition match of the season. The match will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes will look to capture their first victory of the preseason, after falling 1-0 to West Virginia in the team’s first match on Sunday. The lone goal of the match came in the 75th minute when Mountaineer junior forward Andy Bevin scored off of a free kick just outside of the penalty area. The Mountaineers outshot the Buckeyes 14-6 and junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was the only Buckeye to play the full 90 minutes and registered three saves. A total of 17 players participated in the game for OSU, including eight that made their debut for the team.
Last season, OSU managed a 6-10-3 record on the year, but failed to win a single conference game going 0-4-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lose their top two goal scorers, including Chris Hegngi who was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The team ended the year on a sour note, falling to No. 2 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament 2-0.
The Buckeyes will be playing against a Mastodon squad that went 4-15-1 last season and is returning five of its top six goal scorers. IPFW will be hoping to build off of the momentum from late last season when they won four of their last six matches to become the final team to advance to the Summit League Tournament. The Mastodons were defeated by a score of 5-1 in the first round of the tournament by top-seeded Oakland.
The Buckeyes are scheduled to finish their preseason slate in South Bend, Ind., with a match against Notre Dame Aug. 26, and will open their regular season with back-to-back matches at home Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois, in the Wolstein Classic.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: Aug. 20, 2013
An earlier version of this story stated men’s soccer would play at Tulsa Sept. 6 in their regular season opener.