Oct. 2, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the 12th-consecutive season the Ohio State men’s soccer team won its Big Ten opener thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in overtime at Wisconsin Sunday. The Buckeyes (6-4-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) trailed 1-0 at halftime but got goals from Kevin Nugent in the second half and Brent Rohrer in overtime to knock off the Badgers (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten).
Less than 48 hours after falling at fourth-ranked Akron Friday night, the Buckeyes were prepared Sunday to begin the defense of their 2004 Big Ten regular-season co-championship.
“I was really pleased with our effort today,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had a stretch of two difficult road games this weekend and we didn’t have much gas in the tank, but our guys hung in there and kept battling and came from behind.”
The Wisconsin game Sunday provided a winning end to Ohio State’s busiest stretch of its schedule that included three games in the last five days and five games in the last 10 days. The Buckeyes now have a week before their next match, that coming Sunday at Michigan State.
Wisconsin’s B.J. Goodman put the Badgers up, 1-0, in the 40th minute with an unassisted goal. That would be all the scoring OSU senior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) would allow as he came up with four saves in the second half, finishing with five for the game.
Nugent (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) scored the OSU equalizer at the 57:38 mark for his fourth goal of the season. Junior Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) began the scoring play by taking possession in OSU territory and playing the ball back to junior Jim Fisher (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington), who delivered a through ball down the right flank to sophomore Ryan Kustos (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West). Kustos then sent a cross into the penalty area that Nugent one-touched into the back of the net from 12 yards out.
In overtime, Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic) won the ball in midfield and drove the ball diagonally from left to right into Badger territory. He continued to maneuver past Wisconsin defenders into the penalty area and sent a shot that beat Badger goalkeeper Jake Settle and bounced into the far corner of the goal. It was Rohrer’s second career goal, the other coming his freshman season in a 3-1 win over Penn State, and was his first game-winner.
“We were playing against a strong wind in the first half and gave up a goal right before halftime,” Bluem said. “We regrouped in the locker room at halftime and Ray (Burse) came out in the second half and played very strong and had several great saves. (Kevin) Nugent then puts in the equalizer and Brent (Rohrer) made a great solo run for the game-winner in overtime.”
The win was the first for Ohio State since a 2-1 win over No. 17 UCLA Sept. 18 and snapped an 0-3-1 skid in its last four games. In 11 regular season games so far in 2005, the Buckeyes have gone to overtime six times and are 3-2-1 in those extended contests.
“Wisconsin has a good team and have been a little unlucky lately like us,” Bluem said. “Wisconsin will do well in the conference and I’m just glad we have a week to train and get healthy before we go to Michigan State next Sunday.”
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