Oct. 27, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Sam Migliano (Jr., Ontario, Canada) scored his first goal of the season and Justin Cook (Jr., Winter Springs, Fla.) added an insurance goal in the second period as the Ohio State men’s soccer team was victorious on senior day defeating Western Illinois, 2-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 10-5-1 while the Leathernecks fall to 7-9-0.
The Buckeye defense proved stellar, allowing just eight shots, three of which were on goal as Chad Brown (So., Rockford, Ill.) earned his seventh shutout of the season and improved his record to 9-5-1.
On the afternoon when the Buckeyes honored their five seniors, the team dominated the Leathernecks for the entire duration of the game, showering Western Illinois with 30 shots, nine of which were on goal. Ohio State had chances early on with two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of play. Over the course of the game, the Buckeyes had several other close scoring opportunities, hitting the Western Illinois crossbar five times and the post once as well.
Migliano would find the goal in the 40th minute of play when he headed in a corner kick from Sasha Barber (So., Oviedo, Fla.) and Peter Withers (So., Portland, Ore.). The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead into halftime and would notch an insurance goal in the 61st minute when Cook knocked a pass from senior John Tomaino (Sr., Palatine, Fla.) into the goal. The assist gives Tomaino 16 for his career and puts him one away from tying the Ohio State all-time assist record held by Bill Clegg (1982-85) and Brooks Humphreys (1997-2000) who both tallied 17 assists during their careers, respectively. John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said he is proud of his team’s performance on Senior Day.
“The team played very well today,” Bluem said. “We could’ve had five goals today. We had a ton of opportunities. I think we hit the woodwork five times, but we got the result we wanted to send the seniors off right.”
Those five seniors included Tomaino, Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Todd Grossnickle (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Jake Traeger (Littleton, Colo.), and captain Tony Earp (Plantation, Fla.).
The Buckeyes will be back in action at 1 p.m. next Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. when they take on the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes then will conclude the regular season the following Sunday, Nov. 10 at Northwestern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. (EST).