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Sept. 22, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a historic evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday on the banks of the Olentangy. The No. 25 Ohio State men’s soccer team broke the school record for consecutive shutouts with its sixth straight clean sheet following a 1-0 win over Bowling Green at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field. With their sixth-consecutive win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-1-0 overall, while the Falcons drop to 5-4-0 overall this fall. Junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed scored the eventual game-winner in the 80th minute, scoring on a penalty kick, while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made five saves in the memorable home victory.

QUOTABLE
Determination and togetherness,” head coach John Bluem said. “We worked very hard on defending and training every day, and it’s something we set as a goal for ourselves. I’m very, very proud of our defensive effort again, because it was a defensive struggle tonight. Parker played a very good game. This season, he hasn’t had a lot to do in our other games, but tonight he was very busy. He had one very good save in particular in the second half. Great to see that your goalkeeper rises to the occasion when called upon and makes some good saves for us.”

THE GAME-WINNER
For the second straight game, the Buckeyes were rewarded a penalty attempt late in the second half when junior forward Michael Prosuk was fouled inside the penalty area after he made a strong run to the near post. Mohamed, from Westerville, Ohio, then buried the PK with a solid strike into the back left of net for his second score of the season in the 80th minute. The netter also extended his point streak to five-consecutive matches.

SIEGFRIED’S SEVENTH SHUTOUT OF 2017
Like Bluem said, Siegfried, from Granville, Ohio, hasn’t had a lot of work between the posts in the previous five shutouts, but that changed in the second half tonight. The OSU goalkeeper came up with five saves against the Falcons in a five-minute duration to keep it deadlock at 0-0. He improves to 7-1-0 in 2017 and leads the nation with seven shutouts this fall.

“It is the same in every game with us, just absolute pride in playing,” Siegfried said. “Endless hard work, and all ten in front of me have been great, not just the defense. Especially these in state games when you play other colleges from northern Ohio, they’re even more challenging than normal, but we expected that and embraced it. The defense just played phenomenally.”

BGSU’s Chris Sullivan sent a low strike from 12 yards out to the left side of goal, but the OSU keeper made a strong save from his knees in the 69th. Moments later, Siegfried came off his line and denied Chris Brennan a look in the 71st. Brennan then had back-to-back shots on goal in the 73rd and 74th minutes. Siegfried just got his fingertips on Brennan’s third blast of the night to deny a look at the top left of the cage.

“In moments like this, breaking the shutout record, it’s cool,” Siegfried said.  “You kind of take a step back, and say `this feels good’. You’re humbled by it, you’re proud but then you move on. But, it’s moments like that are special.”

BREAKING DOWN THE STREAK

  • Ohio State breaks the school record set by the 2007 College Cup team with its sixth-consecutive shutout. Ohio State leads the nation with seven shutouts this season.
  • The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 10-0, and have allowed only a combined 14 shots on goal in the past six matches.
  • It’s been a span of 571:42 since Ohio State last gave up a goal (Aug. 27, vs. FIU).
  • The OSU defense has allowed 53 shots without a goal the past six matches (8.8 shots per game).
  • Siegfried has made 14 saves during the stretch.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • In the 10th minute, Mohamed connected with Nate Kohl inside the 18, but his turnaround shot was saved on a diving stop by BGSU keeper Anthony Mwembia.
  • Alex Nichols sent in a well-timed through ball past two BGSU defenders to Kohl in the 24th minute, but Kohl’s strike was denied by Mwembia, who came out to make a strong save from 12 yards out.
  • Kohl had his third shot of the half come in the 30th minute when his header sailed wide of the near post.
  • The Buckeyes collected back-to-back corners in the 44th minute of play. A low shot to the near post by Marcus McCrary went wide.
  • At half, shots were 5-3 in favor of the Buckeyes, while Bowling Green had a 3-2 lead in corners.

OTHER SECOND HALF CHANCES

  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup had a great look from the far side after a through ball from Kohl, but his chip-shot to the near post sailed wide of net in the 57th minute.
  • Michael Prosuk flicked on a shot to the near post 10 minutes later, but Mwembia was in good positon for the save.

CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL GAME
The match was the Buckeyes’ Connor Senn Memorial Game, which raises awareness to sudden cardiac arrest to benefit the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. A moment of silence took place in remembrance of Connor Senn, a freshman on the OSU squad who passed away during a match at Akron Sept. 26, 2001, from a congenital heart defect. Over the past 16 years, more than a quarter million dollars has been raised in honor of Connor. Funds from the first decade have fully funded a scholarship at Ohio State in Connor’s name.

UP NEXT
Ohio State takes on Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

OTHER MATCH NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 17-25-3 all-time vs. the Falcons. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 14 meetings against the Falcons.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 at home in 2017.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 13-10, while BGSU had a 6-5 lead in corners.
  • Siegfried tied his season high with five saves.
  • Mohamed is currently on a five-match point streak with his second straight game-winner tonight.
  • Nichols made his second start of the season tonight.