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Aug. 29, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s soccer team opened its 2014 season with a scoreless draw against UC Davis Friday in the nightcap of the ninth-annual Wolstein Soccer Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes outshot the Aggies, 21-8, and head coach John Bluem said the team has good things to build off heading into its final match of the tournament vs. Butler at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

“I thought we defended well for 110 minutes and to get a shutout builds confidence for our team,” Bluem said. “UC Davis was a difficult opponent and they were hard to break down. We had a lot of shots, but we just didn’t create enough quality chances. Overall, it was a great effort and I’m extremely proud of our guys.”

Ohio State had some good looks at net in the first half. During the 23rd minute, junior midfielder Liam Doyle sent a ball towards the near post where junior midfielder Kyle Culbertson was able to head the ball towards goal, but UC Davis keeper Kris Schultz was in good position to make the save.  Twelve minutes later, sophomore midfielder Christian Soldat had one of the best chances for the Buckeyes on the night. The native of Rockwall, Texas, Soldat blasted a shot to the near upper 90 but a diving Schultz denied the Scarlet and Gray the first-half goal. Sophomore forward Danny Jensen tried to work through the Aggie defense in the 40th minute, but his shot just inside the box was blocked to keep it knotted, 0-0, at half.

At halftime, Ohio State held an 8-5 advantage in shots and a 5-2 lead in penalty corners.

The Buckeyes made a few changes in the lineup heading into the second half as seniors Zach Dobey, Yianni Sarris and Max Moller got into the action. The team’s best opportunity in the final 45 minutes happened when Soldat collected a deflected ball off a corner, but his shot on goal was called off due to an OSU foul.

Both teams continued to battle in the two overtime periods. Doyle’s free kick during the 103rd minute was blocked by the UC Davis wall from 30 yards out, while the team’s 10th and final corner was denied with under a minute to go. Overall, corners were 10-6 in favor of the Buckeyes. Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov made three saves for the Buckeyes, including a key stop in 102nd minute from his knees at the near post.

Two freshmen – Marcus McCrary and Hunter Robertson – made their first career starts as Buckeyes tonight. For video highlights and stats, click above.