Oct. 9, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a match-up of the defending Big Ten champion and the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion, host Michigan State pinned a 2-0 loss on the Ohio State men’s soccer team in East Lansing Sunday. The Buckeyes, who tied Indiana atop the league standing last year, are now 6-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans, who swept through the Big Ten tournament a year ago to win the conference title, improve to 4-3-4 overall and 1-1-1 in the league.
For the ninth time this season, Ohio State out-shot its opponent, but the Buckeyes fall to 4-4-1 in those games. The shot chart showed a 15-11 advantage for the Buckeyes and a 10-5 OSU advantage in the second half alone, but Michigan State’s Ryan McMahon scored his second goal of the game at the 82:13 mark to seal the victory for the Spartans.
“We just didn’t play well,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “We didn’t play fast enough and weren’t dangerous enough up top. It was typical of a lot of our games lately that we were good in the first half but didn’t score, and then we gave a goal up.”
After taking a 2-1 win in overtime at Wisconsin last Sunday, Ohio State was playing its third of four consecutive road games. The Buckeyes will play three of their remaining four Big Ten matches in Columbus. Following a non-conference road game at Louisville Wednesday night, the first of those home Big Ten games will pit OSU vs. Penn State in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. Sunday.
MSU’s McMahon put away his first goal of the match in the 32nd minute to put the Spartans up, 1-0. Ohio State was whistled for a hand ball, giving McMahon a free kick just outside the top of the 18-yard box. His shot got past OSU senior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) and Michigan State was on its way to avoiding its first back-to-back home losses since 1993.
In addition to their shot advantage, the Buckeyes had more shots on goal, 6-5, and more corner kicks, 9-5.
“It was pretty even and we probably had more possession,” Bluem said. “We took the game toward them but they were dangerous on counter attacks. The first half Michigan State didn’t have much going, but they were able to score. It’s certainly frustrating. We have just got to be better. We just weren’t good enough to win the game today.”
Burse finished with three saves, while MSU goalkeeper Jason Tillman stopped all six OSU shot that were on goal.
Ohio State’s talented central midfield took a hit before and during the game with the loss of two starters. Junior Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) suffered an injury in pregame warm-ups, while junior Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic) suffered an injury 20 minutes into the match and did not return.
OSU senior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville/Akron) and sophomore Xavier Balc (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) led the Buckeyes with three shots each, while both shots by senior Kevin Nugent (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) were on goal but were saved by Tillman.
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