Oct. 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first meeting between the two programs, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated Rutgers, 4-1, Saturday evening at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-5-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 5-9-1 and 1-5-1 in Big Ten play.
Sophomore forward Danny Jensen scored a pair of goals, while junior back Liam Doyle picked up his fifth of the year and junior Kyle Culbertson added with his third of the season. The Buckeyes have now won three-consecutive matches heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
It did not take long for Ohio State to find the back of the net vs. the Scarlet Knights. In the opening minute, Max Moller dribbled to the far corner and sent a cross into the box to connect with Jensen for the header, who buried the shot inside the post for the score at 44:24. It was Jensen’s second goal of 2014. Moller, who transferred to Ohio State from Rutgers two seasons ago, collected his second assist of the season.
With the 1-0 early lead, the Scarlet and Gray demonstrated some skilled passing and continued the pressure against the Rutgers backline. Jensen had another great look at goal in the 12th minute when he received a beautiful through ball to set up a run on the near side, but his open shot just went wide of the far post.
However, the Scarlet Knights were able to even the tides in the 22nd minute when Jason Wright deflected in a free kick attempt by Erik Sa in front of the net for his eighth goal of the year. It was Rutgers first shot attempt of the match vs. the Buckeyes.
Thirteen minutes later, the Scarlet Knights were called for a foul just outside their 18 and the Buckeyes made them pay for it. Doyle bent a free kick shot over the Rutgers wall and netted it into the back left of the net for his fifth goal of the year and give the Buckeyes the lead back, 2-1, heading into halftime. At half, shots were 6-3 in favor of Ohio State.
Just like the opening minute, the Buckeyes came out of halftime on the attack and found the back of the net in the opening when Jensen punched his second of the night at 45:28 to extend the lead to 3-1. The scoring play was set up nicely from senior Yianni Sarris, who showed off some fancy footwork and timed Jensen’s run perfectly with a through ball in front of the keeper’s box for the OSU goal. Sarris now has a team-best 13 points this season.
Ohio State added to its lead in the 65th minute when Culbertson volleyed in a quick cross by Ryan Ivancic in front of net. Sophomore Christian Soldat was credited with an assist as well as the OSU senior worked the ball down the far side and created space for the Buckeyes inside the box.
Overall, shots were 11-6 in favor of Ohio State, while the Buckeyes had a 5-3 lead in corner kicks. Alex Ivanov, a Senior CLASS Award Finalist, improves to 7-5-3 overall, collecting one save. Senior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams finished the final 17 minutes of the contest for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes will conclude the home regular-season schedule hosting a non-conference match at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Kentucky at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State will recognize its senior class before the start of the match vs. the Wildcats as part of Senior Night. The contest will be streamed via BTN Plus.