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Sept. 28, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 match against SIU Edwardsville on a damp Wednesday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Cougars (2-4-2) scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute when Devyn Jambga netted his second score of the match. Seniors Danny Jensen and Austin Bergstrom each scored goals for the Buckeyes (3-7-0) in the home loss.

“I thought we played better in the second half, but we couldn’t find a goal,” head coach John Bluem said. “The longer the game was tied, the harder it gets for each side. It was a nice goal they scored at the end of the game, so there is not much you can do there. We can still make a statement in conference play moving forward. We will be ready on Sunday and hopefully the breaks go our way.”

The Buckeyes take on Michigan State at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium live on BTN. Both teams come into the match with a 2-1 records in league play.

COACHING CONNECTION
SIU Edwardsville head coach Mario Sanchez went up against his collegiate coach tonight in Columbus. Bluem, who was the head coach at Fresno State from 1991-96, said earlier this week at practice that Sanchez was one of the best players he’s had the pleasure to coach. Sanchez was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Bulldogs from 1993-97.

“Mario Sanchez was one of the best players I’ve ever had and I’ve been coaching division I soccer a long time,” Bluem said. “When he played for me, he was a coach on the field and I have a ton of respect for him. I thought their game plan tonight was very good. It was hard place for them to come into and his kids fought hard and got the result.”

 The 1996 Fresno State squad posted a 17-5-1 record, won the first Western Athletic Conference title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, ending the season with a No. 7 national ranking.

JENSEN STRIKES FIRST
The Buckeyes got off to a strong start in wet conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Abdi Mohamed sent a near cross inside the box and found the foot of Jensen, who sent a sliding shot inside the far post past goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo at 17:10 to put the Scarlet and Gray ahead, 1-0.

COUGARS ANSWER
SIU Edwardsville claimed the equalizer 10 minutes later when Jambga broke free from a through ball by Mathias Ebbesen and struck a shot from the top of the box into the upper right 90 at 17:10. The Cougars came into the match with three goals on the season, while allowing just seven scores. 

BUCKEYES REGAIN THE LEAD
Austin Bergstrom put the Buckeyes back in the lead in the 27th minute for his third goal of the season. Ben Fitzpatrick sent in a fantastic service off a corner from the far side and connected with Bergstrom, who one-timed it into the back of net at 26:04.

SIUE TIES IT BEFORE HALFTIME
With seconds left in the first half, SIUE found another equalizer, this time off a late corner. Gabe Christianson headed a cross from Andrew Kendall-Moullin in front of goal at 44:53.

COUGARS SCORE LATE GOAL
In a hard-fought second half, the Buckeyes had multiple chances to find the back of the net, but SIUE unfortunately was the team that found a late goal.  A heel-kick pass at the top of the box from Keegan Mchugh played back to Jambga and he finished with a second goal into the back right of net in the 88th minute. The Buckeyes had two last-second corners, but couldn’t convert. A header by Hunter Robertson from the near post was saved by Dal Santo with less than 30 seconds remaining, who improved to 2-4-2 on the year with three saves.  

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made two big back-to-back saves in the first half, but fell to 3-7 on the year. He finished off the night with three stops. Overall, shots were 11-10 in favor of the Cougars, while SIUE had an 8-6 lead in corners.

MATCH NOTES

  •  Ohio State is now 0-1-1 vs. SIUE all-time in the first meeting since the 2009 campaign.
  •  Jensen scored his team-best fourth goal of the season and 19th of his career. Jensen has scored four goals in the last three matches.
  •  Bergstrom tallied his third goal of the year and fourth of his career.
  • Mohamed collected his second assist of the season. He has notched six points in the last four matches.
  • Fitzpatrick registered his second assist of 2016.
  •  Alex Nichols made his first collegiate start tonight vs. SIUE.