Oct. 16, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team battled Valparaiso to a scoreless draw through two overtimes Sunday afternoon at a wind-swept Brown Stadium in Valparaiso, Ind. The Buckeyes move to 7-5-2 on the season with the tie, while the Crusaders now are 5-5-3.
Junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson earned his third shutout of the season and made five saves in the game, including one in the 97th minute off a header by Wei Ming Wong from the edge of the goal box. The Hilliard, Ohio, native and member of the Hermann Trophy Watch List leaped and punched the ball over the crossbar, preserving the score and thwarting what was arguably one of the best scoring chances for either side in the contest.
Kenny Cunningham, playing in his first game since Louisville Sept. 21, and Omar Vallejo each registered two shots on the day, while five others launched single attempts. Ohio State put together its best effort in the second period, coming out strong with a shot by Brady Wahl less than a minute into action and out-shooting the Crusaders 6-3 over the course of the half.
Valparaiso finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots, including a 3-1 margin in overtime, while both teams took four corner kicks.
It was the first scoreless draw in the regular season for the Buckeyes since Sept. 22, 2010, at then-No. 8 Louisville. Ohio State also finished 0-0 vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament last season and failed to advance on penalty kicks.
The Buckeyes will look to get back in the win column when they close out the home portion of their schedule against Penn State at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Nittany Lions are 6-6-2 on the season and 0-4-0 in the Big Ten with a non-conference match vs. UMBC scheduled for Wednesday night. Seniors Nick Galiardi, Parnell Hegngi, Jordan Lomnicki, Jon Moore, Dalton Summers and David Tiemstra will be honored for their dedication to the Buckeye soccer program in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.