October 21, 2017

Buckeyes Drop Home Match to No. 23 Michigan

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Oct. 21, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 2-0, against No. 23 Michigan Saturday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-7-1 overall and 3-4-0 in Big Ten play, while the Wolverines improve to 9-4-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference games.

WOLVERINES SCORE EARLY
Michigan got off to a great start against the Buckeyes when Jack Hallahan scored an early goal in the 11th minute with a strike from 30 yards out that bounced inside the far post at 10:14 for the 1-0 lead. The assist was credited to Ivo Cerda.

HAND BALL OVERRULED
In the 16th minute, Abdi Mohamed sent in a free kick from the far side of the field into the box. The ball was deflected and initially called a handball by the center ref, but was overruled by the linesman, taking away a PK chance for the Scarlet and Gray.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN THE 27TH
The Buckeyes had a golden chance to find an equalizer in the 27th minute when Michael Prosuk sent a through ball to the foot of Nate Kohl with only the keeper to beat. However, his strike from 12 yards out sailed just wide of the upper left 90.

MICHIGAN FINDS ANOTHER IN THE FIRST
The Maize and Blue made it a 2-0 contest in the 34th minute. Mohammed Zakyi finished off a cross from Hallahan with a sliding shot in front of goal from five yards out at 33:45.

SECOND HALF ACTION
The Wolverines dropped back with extra defenders in the second half, making it tough to create OSU chances. The Scarlet and Gray had a strong corner from the near side headed out of the box in the 50th minute. Prosuk had a shot blocked at 63:06.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
SHOTS:
Michigan 15, Ohio State 6
CORNERS: Michigan 2, Ohio State 2
SAVES: Michigan 0, Ohio State 4

UP NEXT
Ohio State hits the road to play Kentucky Oct. 25 in Lexington, Ky. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

MATCH NOTES

  • Ohio State is now 21-11-1 all-time vs. the Wolverines.
  • The Buckeyes are now 5-4-1 at home in 2017.
  • The loss tonight snap’s a four-match win streak against Michigan.
  • Xavier Kennedy made his first collegiate start tonight vs. the Maize and Blue. He made a season-high four saves, but falls to 0-2-0 in 2017.