By Tyler Grace
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was named the Big Ten Defensive player of the week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Ivanov played every minute of the team’s two home matches this week. In the two matches, the first a 2-1 double-overtime loss against UNC-Wilmington and the second a 2-0 win against Northern Illinois, Ivanov racked up 13 saves, including two stops on penalty kicks. The match against Northern Illinois was the first clean sheet in Ivanov’s career, and the Buckeyes’ first since October 10, 2012.
“To stop one PK takes a tremendous amount of focus, to save two was very cool to see,” Taly Goode, Ohio State’s goalkeeping and assistant coach, said in a press release. “Alex worked hard in the offseason and it is encouraging to see him get his first shutout. We have a lot of new players trying to work together, so I think this game will give Alex more confidence moving forward and hopefully the team more confidence in him.”
This is the first Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week award in the young goalkeeper’s career, and the first one awarded to a Buckeye since Matt Lampson won the award in October of 2011.
The Buckeyes’ next game is next week in Tulsa, OK, for the Hurricane Classic. Ohio State will first face 22nd ranked Tulsa on Friday and then unranked Southern Methodist University on Sunday.