Sept. 17, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Welcome to the record book, Buckeyes. The Ohio State men’s soccer team claimed its fifth-consecutive shutout with a 1-0 win at Rutgers Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. With their fifth straight clean sheet, the Buckeyes tie the program record for consecutive shutouts held by the 2007 College Cup team. The Scarlet and Gray improve to 6-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in B1G play, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 1-5-1 overall and 0-3-0 in conference action.
“It was another excellent defensive effort today,” head coach John Bluem said. “It was really hot in tough conditions. Both teams struggled with the heat. We were solid all over the place. It’s interesting Michael Prosuk, the Jersey native, was the one that set up the penalty kick and Abdi slots it in. We had three breakaways and failed to score early in the game. The longer the game went, the more they believed and we had trouble breaking them down, but we’re happy to get the win. Getting road victories is a good sign for us right now. I’m proud of the guys to start 3-0 in the conference. Our last five league games are all going to be against tough opponents.”
MOHAMED BURIES THE PK
The Buckeyes were rewarded a penalty kick in the 78th minute after junior forward Michael Prosuk was tripped inside the penalty area. Mohamed, from Westerville, Ohio, buried in the penalty attempt into the back left of net for the eventual game-winning goal.
RUTGERS DOWN A MAN
The Scarlet Knights had to play with 10 men for the final eight minutes of the match after Dante Perez picked up a red card at 81:24. The Buckeyes were able to control possession with the man-advantage to seal the shutout road win and pick up three more points in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State sits in first place in the conference after two weeks of league play.
SIEGFRIED GETS ANOTHER
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made two saves to improve to 6-1 in 2017, claiming his sixth shutout of the season (leads the nation). The Buckeye defense continued to work together as a unit and did not allow Rutgers a shot goal in the final 45 minutes.
BIG CHANCE EARLY
The Buckeyes came out with the first big chance in the opening moments of the game when Joshua Jackson-Ketchup made a strong run down the near sideline and slid a cross into the box to the foot of Nate Kohl. However, RU keeper Rafael Pereira came out to make a big diving save to keep it scoreless 43 seconds into the contest.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
ANOTHER GREAT LOOK, BUT NO GOAL
Ohio State had another solid chance in front of net in the 65th minute on a loose ball after Pereira couldn’t come up with the catch from six yards out. However, Brady Blackwell’s strike was denied by Rutgers’ defender Brian Hawkins on the goal line to keep it 0-0 on the board.
Ohio State returns to Columbus next week to host No. 19 Bowling Green Sept. 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.