2008 Media Guide Bio
9 Geoff Marsh
Sr., Midfielder, 5-11, 165
North Olmsted, Ohio
Cleveland Futbol Club
North Olmsted High School
Coach Bluem on Marsh: “Geoff has been outstanding on the right side of the midfield forever. If necessary, he can come inside and play and use his great athleticism to be a ball winner. He’s a very versatile and experienced right side of the midfield player, which is a major plus for us. Geoff has an unbelievable engine. His work rate and endurance are phenomenal.”
At a glance: Has played in all but one game since he arrived at Ohio State (67) ... brings six career goals and eight assists into his senior season in 2008 ... could again be the spark down the stretch Ohio State needs, considering all six of his career goals and all eight of his assists have come on or after Oct. 1 ... has a high motor and is able to keep it going the entire game ... has the ability to take his game to the next level against the toughest competition ... is very disciplined and a hard tackler ... OSU coaches love his attitude and work rate ... is good on the ball in traffic and in open space and has the speed to take the ball a long way and finish off a scoring play.
2007 (Junior season): Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-America nominee ... played in 26 games with one goal, ranked second on team with five assists, also registered six shots on goal ... scored the first goal vs. Bradley in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and added an assist later in the game ... assisted on Espinoza’s game-winning goal at Bowling Green Sept. 20 ... assist vs. Cal State Fullerton Sept. 16 ... two assists vs. William and Mary Sept. 9.
2006 (Sophomore season): Academic All-Big Ten ... named to the Big Ten Championship All-Tournament Team after scoring a goal in Ohio State’s quarterfinal win over Michigan State and semifinal win over Michigan ... his goal against the Wolverines was the game-winner ... ranked third on the team in scoring with seven points from three goals and one assist ... led team in shots on goal percentage (.562, 9-of-16) and shot percentage (.188, 3 goals, 16 shots) ... named to the Penn State/Nike Classic All-Tournament Team Sept. 10 ... scored equalizer in 2-1 comeback win at Penn State Oct. 1 ... missed the Bowling Green game Sept. 14 because of injury but started the other 20 ... played 1530 minutes (77 minutes per game) ... assisted on equalizer in comeback win at Oakland Oct. 18 ... was nominated for the Academic All-America Team.
2005 (Freshman season): Shared the Most Improved Player Award with Danny Irizarry at the postseason banquet ... was the only freshman to play in all 21 games (and one of only six to do it on the team) ... ranked fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points ... logged 1,016 minutes of field time (48 min. per game) ... started the season-opener against Marquette Sept. 2, then started the final seven consecutive games ... went on a late season scoring binge, collecting all six of his points from Oct. 2-28 when the Buckeyes were searching for a spark ... scored his first collegiate goal to cap off a 3-1 win at Louisville Oct. 12 ... scored again to break a scoreless game Oct. 28 against Northwestern in an eventual 2-1 OSU victory ... his first collegiate assist was on Brent Rohrer’s game-winner in overtime Oct. 2 at Wisconsin ... assisted on Irizarry’s goal in a 3-2 win over Oakland Oct. 19 ... took nine shots on the year, five of which were on goal for a .556 shots on goal percentage, which ranked second on the team.
Cleveland Futbol Club/ODP: A member of the Cleveland Futbol Club from 2002-05 ... was teammates with OSU junior Scott Marguglio ... was an Olympic Development Program state team starter from 1999-2004 and was selected for the ODP regional pool in 2000 ... completed for Ohio Premier from U13-U16 and led the team in scoring all four years.
North Olmsted High School: Was a first-team All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio selection his senior year ... led the state in assists as a senior and ended his career with a school-record 48 ... earned team captain and MVP honors as a senior and was named South Western Conference MVP ... first-team All-Greater Cleveland selection and named All-Mid America ... led North Olmsted to the conference championship and berth in the regional tournament.
Personal: Son of Chris and Barbara Marsh ... his father coached his high school team ... has an older sister, Brittany (24), who swam for California-Irvine and was on American Idol ... father was an All-American goalkeeper at Greenville (Illinois) and grandfather was an All-American at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ... member of the National Honor Society and president of the student body ... greatest sports thrill was scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Michigan in the 2006 Big Ten Championship semi-finals ... enjoys playing guitar ... would like to pursue a career in pro soccer after graduation, then work in the finance sector in New York City.
Year GP/GS Min. Shots Goals Assists Points
2005 21/8 1016 9 2 2 6
2006 20/20 1530 16 3 1 7
2007 26/25 2073 30 1 5 7
Totals 67/53 4619 55 6 8 20
#9 Geoff Marsh – Career Highs
Goals 1, six times, last vs. Bradley 12/9/07
Assists 2 vs. William & Mary 9/9/07
Shots 4 vs. Louisville 11/28/07
Shots on goal 3 at Louisville 10/12/05