2018 OSUFC Regular Season Recap
OSUFC Graduating Seniors (Left-Right): Stephen Burgin, Jack Sullivan, Nathan Zanzig, Steffan Scheele, Nevin Anandika, Adam Hirsch, Niko Strickler, Andrew Chiou.
OSUFC came into this season motivated to improve off of its performances in 2017. In 2017 OSUFC finished 11-3-3, Regional Runner-Ups, and bowed out of the National Championships in the Round of 16 in a penalty shootout against Michigan State. After a disappointing end to a great 2017 campaign the Buckeyes entered tryouts looking to replace seniors Tyler Allen, Zach Arefi, Alex Eikenberry, Grant Fisher, Will Gallucci, Brock Hersch, Josh McDaniel, Nate Meizlish, Shin Nagahama, and Commodore Williams.
The 2018 30 man squad consists of 18 returners and 12 newcomers. The Coaching Staff of Jon Bowman, Nathan Cotton, and Alex Haas added former player and 2017 graduate Brock Hersch to the staff. After 11 years of being apart of OSUFC as a player and coach the players honored club legend Alex “Juice” Highley as he and his wife moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team consists of 1 graduate student, 8 seniors, 10 juniors, 6 sophomores, and 5 freshman. The team executive board consists of Niko Strickler (President), Jared Gerlacher (Vice-President), Nick Guida (Fundraising Chair), Luke Kisor (Social Chair), Andrew Chiou (Treasurer), Isaac Arefi (Media Director), and Daniel Branch (Risk Manager).
The Buckeyes finished the regular season undefeated with a 9-1-0 record, finishing with 90 NIRSA Power Points, which is 10 points more than last year’s regular season total. The team’s 13-0 win vs. Cleveland State University marks the largest margin of victory during the season so far. That victory also marks the most goals scored in a game in the team’s history. Freshman, Casey Settleman scored 5 goals that game which broke the record for most goals scored in a game by a player. A 1-0 win against Ohio University and a 1-1 tie against University of Cincinnati mark the most notable games from the season. Only conceding 3 goals in 10 games, goalkeepers Sam Frohman, Ryan Mark, and David McGrath combined for 7 shutouts. With 47 goals for, 9 more goals scored than the 2017 regular season, OSUFC scored more goals than any other team in the entire Region except for the University of Michigan who tallied 48 goals. The team’s top 3 leading goal scorers at this point in the season are Daniel Branch (6), Casey Settleman (5), and Nevin Anandika, Anthony Seliskar, and Niko Strickler with 4 goals respectively. Fifteen different players have scored on the season. The team’s top 3 leading assisters at this point in the season are Nevin Anandika (7), Adam Hirsch (4), and Isaac Arefi, Jared Gerlacher, and Luke Kisor with 3 assists respectively. Nineteen different players have assisted on the season.
The 9-1-0 finish was good enough to secure first place and win the MASC-East Division title, as well as being a #2 seed going into the MASC Regional Tournament. The MASC region has expanded to 5 divisions from 4; allowing the top 3 teams from each division to qualify for regionals as well as one “wild card” bid. Advancing out of the MASC East division with OSUFC is Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University as the wild card bid. The team was drawn into Group B with #7 University of Illinois-Blue, #10 Northwestern University, and #15 Grand Valley State University. The tournament will take place in the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana from October 27th-28th. On October 27th, OSUFC will play Grand Valley State University at 8 am and then Northwestern University at 4 pm. Depending on the results of those games, the team hopes to be competing on Championship Sunday to have the chance to win the team’s 8th Regional Championship. If OSUFC were to win Regionals this weekend, the club would travel to Foley, Alabama to compete at the NIRSA National Championships where we would look to become National Champions again for the second time in club history.