COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 2-0, against Furman in its 2018 opener in front of 1,684 fans at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tonight marked the first time the Buckeyes were led by first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve and despite the result, there were some positive moments to build off moving forward.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do and continue to grow as a team,” Maisonneuve said. “It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s a process. We played a good team like Furman and they are going to kind of show you where you are at and I thought they did tonight. Right away I think our spacing could be better from an attacking standpoint and I thought we started the first half a little tentative. It was the first game and Furman came out flying. They came out physical and we had to match that. I thought the second half was better but we still have some work to do. It was great to see all the fans come out support our team tonight and we will continue to get better.”
GOOD LOOK EARLY
Redshirt junior midfielder Jake Scheper had the first good look at goal in the third minute when he dribbled through three Furman defenders and fired a low shot on target but it was saved by Furman goalkeeper Ben Hale at 2:16.
FURMAN STRIKES FIRST
The Paladins found an early goal in the seventh minute when midfielder Rocky Guerra worked his way up the top of the 18 and buried a shot into the back left of net at 6:38.
FURMAN ADDS ANOTHER
A failed clearance led to a second Paladin goal to start the second half. Danny Kierath beat OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried to the loose ball inside the box and scored an open-net goal at 53:40 for the 2-0 advantage. Siegfried finished the night with four saves.
SECOND HALF CHANCES
Shots: Furman 10, Ohio State 7
SOG: Furman 6, Ohio State 4
Saves: Furman 4, Ohio State 4
Corners: Furman 3, Ohio State 6
Fouls: Furman 21, Ohio State 15
Ohio State concludes the Wolstein Classic at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday vs. Hofstra live on BTN Plus ($). Dayton and Furman meet at Noon ET in the first match Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field.