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Aug. 30, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, against Binghamton in the final match of the 2015 Wolstein Classic Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Bearcats scored in the fourth minute of play and kept the Buckeyes out of the net despite several offensive chances by the home squad. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 1-1-0 on the season, while Binghamton improves to 1-1-0.

“We played poorly today and the early mistake to begin the game set us back on our heels,” head coach John Bluem said. “We have a good team, but we aren’t playing very well right now. We need to recognize that to find out what the issues are and move forward. If you don’t come to battle in these early-season games, it’s going to cost you.  However, I thought Kyle Culbertson and Chris Froschauer played very well for us this weekend.”

Binghamton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening moments of the game following a Buckeye turnover. Bearcat forward Pascal Trappe capitalized with an unassisted goal at 3:55.

Freshman Greg Solawa had the team’s first shot on goal in the 10th minute but was saved by the BU keeper. After back-to-back corners by the Bearcats in the 15th, senior Kyle Culbertson sent a well-time through ball to Christian Soldat, who found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. However, the flag was waived for offside to call off the goal. Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer made a leaping save in the 25th minute to keep it a 1-0 deficit headed into halftime. At half, shots were 3-1 in favor of Binghamton.

Following halftime, the Buckeyes looked like they tied the game at 1-all when Danny Jensen scored from the near side, but the goal was called off as the whistle blew signaling offside. Liam Doyle’s free kick went high over the bar to keep it 1-0 in favor of the Bearcats.

Ohio State created several opportunities in the final 20 minutes of regulation, but could not find an equalizer after earning five second-half corners. Jensen had a shot on goal in the final 30 seconds of play, but the BU keeper was in position to make the final save of the contest.

Overall, shots were an even 6-6, while the Buckeyes had an 8-7 advantage in corner kicks. Froschauer falls to 1-1 on the season, collecting two three big saves vs. the Bearcats. Wright State claimed the tournament title with a 2-0-0 mark followed by Binghamton, Ohio State and Cal State Fullerton.  

The Buckeyes will now prepare for a four-match road swing. The team travels to take on No. 12 UMBC Sept. 4 in Baltimore, Md., before facing Navy Sept. 6 in Annapolis, Md.

2015 Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team
Jackson Dietrich, M, Fr., Wright State
Peguy Ngatcha, F, Jr., Wright State
Eric Lynch, F, Jr., Wright State
Tyler Blackmer, GK, Jr., Wright State
Pascal Trappe, F, Jr., Binghamton
Kevin Flesch, M, Fr., Binghamton
Shervin Mharjeri, D, Jr., Binghamton
Chris Froschauer, GK, Sr., Ohio State
Kyle Culbertson, M, Sr., Ohio State

Carlos Troncoso, D, Fr., Cal State Fullerton
Nicolo D’Amato, M, So., Cal State Fullerton