FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Ohio State men’s soccer team battled No. 25 Louisville to a 2-2 draw Friday night in the final preseason exhibition of the season as part of the National Soccer Festival hosted by IPFW. The Buckeyes head into their regular-season opener with a 1-0-1 preseason mark, while the Cardinals start their campaign after a 2-0-1 showing in exhibition play.
“I was really proud of the way the team played tonight,” head coach John Bluem said. “This was a very intense contest, especially for a preseason exhibition – it was definitely played more like an NCAA Tournament game.”
Senior captain Doug Verhoff scored his third goal of the preseason in the 25th minute, breaking the zeros with a header off a free kick by Konrad Warzycha that went inside the left pole. The Buckeyes would remain on top 1-0 until the 44th minute when Cardinal Matt Beverin slotted a shot inside the far left post from the top right corner of the penalty area to send the teams into intermission with a 1-1 tie.
Just over seven minutes into the second period, sophomore David Tiemstra put Ohio State back on top with the help of freshman Chris Hegngi who passed the ball out to the left for Tiemstra to stuff in the back of the net at the 52:19 mark. Once again the Buckeyes would maintain the lead for about 20 minutes until Louisville took advantage of an open goal after the Buckeye keeper came out to make a stop and Luis Pacheco-Marin stuffed the rebound inside the near post, along the lower left 90.
Ohio State’s redshirt freshman Matt Lampson started the game in goal and played 71 minutes, allowing one goal and stopping six of the shots he faced. Ryan Dalton relieved him for the final 19 minutes, giving up the equalizer.
The Buckeyes open the regular season with the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic next Friday and Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Penn State and Cal State Fullerton open tourney action at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the Buckeyes vs. Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m. In addition the tournament, the weekend’s action will include several alumni activities as former OSU players return to Columbus.