Oct. 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, at Oakland Wednesday night at Oakland Soccer Field in Rochester, Mich. With the road loss, the Buckeyes fall to 4-4-3 overall, while the Golden Grizzlies improve to 3-5-1 in 2014. Oakland scored the lone goal of the contest in the first half and was able to hold off strong offensive pressure by the Buckeyes in the final 45 minutes to claim the victory. A strike by freshman forward Marcus McCrary just went wide of the upper 90 in the 86th, while multiple OSU headers in the final three minutes could not find the back of the net. Overall, shots were 13-12 in favor of the Grizzlies, while Oakland had a 6-2 advantage on corners. The Golden Grizzlies capitalized on an OSU miscue to take the 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when Joey Tinnion gained possession of a long pass and finished with a chip shot for his second goal of the season. The Buckeyes had a couple chances to counter on the road in the first half. Just seconds after the Oakland goal, junior midfielder Kyle Culbertson dribbled through the Oakland defense from the far side, but his shot was saved by charging goalkeeper Wes Mink from six yards out. Senior midfielder Max Moller also hit one off the post in the ninth minute. Sophomore Diego Aguirre had a shot blocked inside the keeper box during the 35th minute of play, while the Buckeye defense cleared away two OU corners to keep it a one-goal game headed into the locker room. Shots were 6-5 in favor of the Golden Grizzlies at halftime. Culbertson continued to create chances in the second half for the Scarlet and Gray. He sent a left-footed shot inside the net during the 55th but was whistled offside by the referee. Culbertson’s long attempt went off the crossbar around the midway point to keep it a 1-0 deficit. Ohio State had another chance on a loose ball in the 67th following a misplay by the Grizzlies but was cleared before a Buckeye could get a touch on it to end the threat. Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov kept it a one-goal game with three saves, but falls to 4-4-3 in 2014. A battle for second place in the Big Ten standings is up next for the Buckeyes (2-1-0) as the team takes on No. 10 Indiana (1-1-1) at 2 p.m. ET Sunday in at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field in Columbus. The match will be Kids Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. As always, admission is free. The contest also will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($).