BR-14 Ohio State comes into the 2016 D1 Men's Soccer season packed with firepower up front. The Buckeyes return two of their top three scorers in Danny Jensen (6 goals, 5 assists) and Christian Soldat (5 goals, 1 assist).
Defensively, though, OSU will be without keeper Chris Froschauer, who graduated after starting all 23 games and posting 10 shutouts. He now plays for the Colorado Rapids. The longtime goalkeeper will be hard to replace, but the back line includes experienced senior Tyler Kidwell and junior Hunter Robertson, so hopefully the new keeper won't have to work too much.
Ohio State men's soccer (Courtesy of OSU Athletics)
Head Coach: John Bluem
2015 Finish: 13-7-3 (Lost to Stanford in NCAA 2nd Round, 3-1)
Key Returners: Danny Jensen (F); Christian Soldat (F)
Games to Watch: Oct. 7 at Maryland; Oct. 26 vs. Akron
Key Newcomers: Andrew Lombard – transfer from Northeastern who played for the U.S. National U-20 Team; Leo Kossaka – Canadian youth national soccer player who has been offered a pro contract prior to signing with the Buckeyes; Niall Logue – two-time All-American while playing in Arizona, originally from Northern Ireland
What Else? Ohio State lost a two-year player during the offseason in defender Fikayo Idoqu, who tragically drowned while swimming in June.