September 1, 2017

Lehigh Can’t Ketchup to Buckeyes Friday Night

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Sept. 1, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team got back in the win column with a 2-0 win over Lehigh Friday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup scored two goals to help improve the team’s record to 2-1-0 on the year, while the Mountain Hawks drop to 1-2-0 in 2017. With the victory, head coach John Bluem claimed his 200th win at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray.

“We knew they were dangerous up front, so we had to defend well throughout the game,” head coach John Bluem said. “Fortunately, we had a good first half and Jackson-Ketchup had a couple of really nice goals for us and that was the difference. We played side to side and created opportunities. We didn’t have such a good second half, but that’s something will learn from. It was a good win and I’m proud of our team.”

WIN NO. 200 FOR BLUEM
It was a memorable night for Bluem to kick off Alumni Weekend as the Buckeyes sealed his 200th win at Ohio State. Several of his former players were in attendance and Bluem said he couldn’t have accomplished the milestone without talented student-athletes over the years.

“It means a lot to me and it means I’ve had a lot of good players here,” Bluem said. “You saw some of them here at halftime tonight. I think when you have the opportunity to coach at a place like this and the longevity I’ve had, that type of milestone will come at some point and time, but it’s because of the players that’s been here.”

BIG NIGHT FOR THE ROOKIE
Jackson-Ketchup, the Margate, Fla. native, scored two goals in his third career game as a Buckeye. In the 19th minute, the OSU forward took advantage of a defensive miscue by Lehigh’s backfiled when he gained possession on a poor cross from the near side and dribbled in front of net and fired a shot into the back right of goal. In the 39th minute, Jackson-Ketchup scored again on an incredible strike from 30 yards out into the right upper 90 of the goal. The assist was credited to senior back Hunter Robertson.

“It feels amazing right now,” Jackson-Ketchup said. “To be able to come in here and score two goals as a freshman and help my coach get his 200th win is great. The second score was one of the best goals I’ve ever had. I didn’t think I had much time. I just turned and it opened up and I let it rip. It was the perfect strike.”

SIEGFRIED STRONG AGAIN
Redshirt sophomore Goalkeeper Parker Siegfried improve to 2-1 on the year, recording two saves in back-to-back moments in the first half. Siegfried did not record a save in the second half. He did, however, have a crucial shot contest on a Lehigh free kick in the 73rd minute of play which caused a Mark Forrest header to bounce off the crossbar and out of bounds.

2007 COLLEGE CUP TEAM HONORED
Twenty members from the 2007 Big Ten Champion and NCAA Runner-Up team were honored at halftime during the match vs. the Mountain Hawks. The members in attendance were: Xavier Balc, Eric Brunner, Ryan Dalton, Eric Edwards, Tim Gabel, Nick Galiardi, Matt Gold, Danny Irizarry, Ryan Kustos, Casey Latchem, Scott Marguglio, Geoff Marsh, Bryon Neal, Kyle Retzlaff, Patrick Roan, Sam Scales, Nowa Thiam, Steve Traeger, Doug Verhoff and Konrad Warzycha.

The 2007 team will hold a banquet Saturday evening at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium to celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

ALUMNI NIGHT AT THE JESSE
There were several other former members in attendance tonight as part of Alumni Weekend, including Austin Bergstrom, Gary Evans, Jerry Frumm, Larry Hauser, Lyndon Johnson, Marvin Gray, Danny Jensen, Brooks Humphreys, Tyler Kidwell, Pete Kraguljac, Ed Mandel, Manny McDonald, Roger Noll, Jim Waters and Steve Worth.

MATCH NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 1-0 all-time vs. Lehigh.
  • Head coach John Bluem claimed his 200th win at Ohio State. The most wins as a coach in school history, Bluem’s record sits at 200-152-57.
  • Ohio State improves to 108-44-26 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup scored his first two collegiate goals. He leads the team with four points.
  • Theo Alexis made his first career start tonight.
  • Parker Siegfried earned his fifth shutout of his career.