Sept. 4, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team shut out Wright State, 2-0, on a windy Monday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-1 overall, while Wright State drops to 1-2-1 in 2017.
“We talked a lot today about having a good 90-minute performance and we were at our best for the entire match,” head coach John Bluem said. “I think we struggled a little bit in the second half against the wind. It was difficult playing conditions, but hats off to our team for a group defensive effort to get another shutout.”
LOGUE SCORES FIRST CAREER GOAL
Senior back Niall Logue, from Derry, Northern Ireland, gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute when he recovered a rebound from 13 yard out and ripped a shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed fired a shot from the near side but was saved by WSU keeper Joel Sundell before the deflection found the foot of Logue. It marked his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray.
BUCKEYES CONTINUE THE PRESSURE
Ohio State kept its foot on the pedal following the early goal. In the 24th minute, senior forward Nate Kohl made a strong run down the near sideline, hurdling a tackle to set up a shot from the near post, but Sundell made a big save from his knees to keep the 1-0 deficit. Mohamed had a header go over the crossbar in the 36th and sailed a free kick over the netting in the 39th minute. Right before the goal by Logue, junior forward Michael Prosuk sent in a dangerous low cross in front of net and just missed connecting with Kohl. At half, shots were 8-3 in favor of the Buckeyes, while the Scarlet and Gray had a 6-1 lead in corners.
KETCHUP SCORES HIS THIRD OF THE WEEKEND
Ohio State sealed the win in the 87th minute when freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup netted his third goal of the weekend from six yards out. Senior back Kevin Blackwood sent a low cross through the box and found Jackson-Ketchup by the far post. Mohamed also assisted on the play.
ANOTHER BUCKEYE SHUTOUT
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried claimed his third shutout of the year, making three saves in the match. The OSU backline limited Wright State to 10 shots with only three on goal in the win.
Ohio State begins Big Ten play at 8 p.m. ET Friday against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.