Oct. 16, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s soccer team used a pair of first half goals and a stingy defense, holding Oakland to just seven shots for the match as the Buckeyes took home a 3-0 win over the Golden Grizzlies Wednesday afternoon in Rochester, Mich. The win improved Ohio State to 9-4, while Oakland slipped to 5-5-1.
Ohio State dominated the action in the first half, keeping the play in the Oakland end of the field the majority of the time. The Buckeyes saw a golden chance slip away in the opening minutes when Andy Rosenband’s (Sr., Hammond, Ind.) shot deflected off the post in the sixth minute of play. OSU kept the pressure on and was rewarded when Oakland was called for a foul in the penalty box three minutes later. Justin Cook (Jr., Winter Springs, Fla.) put the resulting penalty kick in the lower corner of the goal to give Ohio State an early 1-0 lead.
Oakland could not generate much offense against the Ohio State defense, not getting its first shot at the Buckeye goal until the 24th minute of the match. OSU, meanwhile, kept the pressure on the Oakland defense, coming through with its second goal of the match when Adam Schauer (So., Powell, Ohio) lifted a nice cross into the box that Sammy Tamporello (So., Richardson, Texas) finished off with a header into the net.
Ohio State got its final goal early in the second half when Rosenband came up with a lose ball in front of the Oakland goal, putting his shot past OU keeper Jeff Wiese.
Ohio State out shot the Golden Grizzlies 21-7 and had six corner kicks to Oakland’s two. Rosenband took seven shots to lead Ohio State, with the Buckeye’s Chad Brown (So., Rockford, Ill.) making two stops in goal to record the shutout and improve his record to 8-4 on the year. The Buckeyes are back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 when they play host to No. 4 Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.