October 26, 2017

Ohio State Clipped by Kentucky, 1-0

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Oct. 26, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team battled at Kentucky Wednesday night at The Bell but fell, 1-0, against the Wildcats to drop to 7-8-1 in 2017. Noah Hutchins’ late goal gave Kentucky the 1-0 lead in the 85th minute to seal the victory. The Buckeyes close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Wisconsin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

GAMEWINNER BY UK
With the Buckeyes down 10 men after a red card, Hutchins scored his third goal of the season at 84:55 when he dribbled into the box and slotted a shot into the back of the let from 12 yards out to put the Wildcats ahead, 1-0.

LIMITED FIRST HALF
The first half was evenly matched on a chilly night in Lexington, Ky. Shot were 2-2. Freshman goalkeeper Xavier Kennedy made a diving save at 19:49 from his right when Aime Mabika struck a shot from 23 yards out. Kennedy, making his second start for the Buckeyes, made a season-high five saves in the match. On the offensive side, Nate Kohl tried to connect on a far cross from Abdi Mohamed in the 28th minute, but his header sailed high over the bar. Both defenses stayed organized in the back and kept both offenses limited to keep it knotted at 0-0 at half.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup had a shot from distance go wide at 55:02.
  • The Buckeyes defended three straight corners for a three-minute span before Kennedy made a save at 59:05.
  • After another save by Kennedy in the 71st, Michael Prosuk was denied by UK keeper Enrique Facusse in in the 79th.
  • Ohio State earned a corner in the 81st, but a foul was called at 81:38 giving Brady Blackwell his second yellow of the match to put the Buckeyes down to 10 men.
  • Kennedy made his fifth save of the match at 82:50 before the eventual game-winning goal by the Wildcats in the 85th.

UP NEXT
Ohio State concludes the 2017 regular season vs. Wisconsin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest vs. the Badgers will be Senior Day and, as always, admission is free.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State is now 7-5-4 all-time vs. Kentucky.
  • Hunter Robertson made his 80th career start tonight, becoming the third Buckeye since 2003 to have started in at least 80 matches in school history.