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.
“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.”
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
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
OTHER SECOND HALF CHANCES
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.
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