Sept. 10, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two first half goals and a solid defensive effort, the Ohio State men’s soccer team notched its first win of the season Friday night as the Buckeyes topped host Oneonta State, 2-0, in the first day of the Mayor’s Cup Tournament in Oneonta, N.Y. After falling to a pair of Top 10 teams last weekend, the Buckeyes improve to 1-2, while the Red Dragons fall to 1-2.
Ohio State junior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Univ. of Akron) put the Buckeyes up, 1-0, just five minutes into the match, while freshman Ryan Kustos (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) made it 2-0 in the 36th minute with a goal off a corner kick from freshman Xavier Balc (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson).
“Kyle Veris had a very nice goal with a great individual effort that put us in control of the match early,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “And Xavier Balc played an excellent corner kick that Ryan Kustos put away for the second goal.”
Veris, from the upper left corner of the 18-yard box, gathered a cross from the right side of the field after the ball initially hit an Oneonta State defender. He then out-maneuvered one Red Dragon defender and sent a left-footed shot into the top right 90 to give the Buckeyes a lead they would not surrender.
Just over 30 minutes later, Balc delivered a perfect corner kick to an unmarked Kustos, who headed the ball into the center of the net just under the cross bar from eight yards away. The goals for Veris and Kustos were the first of their Buckeye careers.
Ohio State carried its 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and continued to dominate the match the second half. The match, physical from the start, was then halted for three minutes as a pair of red cards were issued in the 56th minute. The Buckeye defense did not let up, though, as freshman Casey Latchem (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) went on to post five saves and direct the defensive line in front of him to the shutout.
“Our defense did a good job against their talented forwards,” Bluem said. “With Eric Schwebach at left back, Jim Fisher at right back, and Dustin Kirby and Ben Oliver in the middle, they dominated the entire match. And Taylor Korpieski and Brent Rohrer did an excellent job in the midfield for us.”
Ohio State will face Hartwick College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the final match of the tournament.
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