Sept. 24, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scoring a Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record seven goals, the Ohio State men’s soccer team topped visiting Bowling Green 7-4 Friday night. Out-shooting BGSU 24-9, the Buckeyes improve to 3-3-1 on the season, while the Falcons fall to 0-9-0.
The offensive outburst topped the previous facility record of five goals Ohio State scored against Denison in 2001 and is the most goals scored by OSU since a 7-3 win at Wisconsin in 1999.
“From an offensive standpoint, I was pleased with our goal production,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Unfortunately, we went to sleep defensively, gave up too many goals and put ourselves in a bad situation. We made the game much harder than it should have been.”
In a wild first half that included four yellow cards before halftime and four goals in the first 13 minutes of play, Ohio State overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to take a 4-3 lead at the intermission. The Buckeyes eventually built their lead to 6-3 before both teams added goals in the final 14 minutes of play. The win extends OSU’s unbeaten streak over Bowling Green to four matches (3-0-1).
Ohio State senior Justin Cook (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo) notched his second consecutive two-goal, one-assist outing, while junior Kevin Nugent (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) turned in a similar five-point performance for his first points of the season. Cook’s 10 shots and four shots on-goal marked career highs for the Buckeye captain.
Bowling Green got the scoring started in the fifth minute of play when Matt Yanick scored from seven yards out into an empty net. Falcon forward Abiola Sandy started the scoring play by driving the ball into the right side of the 18-yard box. When Buckeye freshman goalkeeper Casey Latchem (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) came out to play the ball, Sandy flicked it to Yanick on the left side, who was good on his uncontested shot. The Buckeyes tied the score four minutes later when Nugent drilled a shot from 10 yards out in a one-on-one situation with Bowling Green goalkeeper Tyler Dollins. OSU sophomore Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) started the play from the midfield by lofting a pass to Cook, who delivered a header to Nugent who took it alone the rest of the way.
The Falcons regained the lead in the 12th minute when Gregory Hennelly connected on a rebound after Paul Seip fired a direct kick into the 6-yard box that teammate Jordan Koblens also got a foot on.
The Buckeyes then scored the next two goals to take a 3-2 lead as Korpieski scored in the 13th minute and Cook scored in the 31st minute. Nugent assisted on Korpieski’s goal, which Korpieski blasted into the net just inside the left post from six yards out, while sophomore Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield Catholic) had the assist on Cook’s goal as Rohrer flicked a pass from the midfield past several Falcons that Cook controlled and shot from 10 yards out.
The Buckeyes were forced to play with nine in the field when OSU sophomore Rob Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) was given a red card in the 36th minute. The Falcons capitalized in the 39th minute when BGSU tied the score at 3-3 as Koblens scored after the ball bounced off several Buckeyes and Falcons in the 6-yard box.
Ohio State scored the final goal of the first half when freshman Kyle Retzlaff (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) sent a shot from the upper left corner of the 6-yard box into the upper right 90 past a diving Dollins. Freshman Ryan Kustos (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had the assist on the play as his pass from the right side found Retzlaff.
Cook and Nugent scored their second goals of the match early in the second half to put Ohio State in control of the contest. Cook notched his second score in the 58th minute on a penalty kick when Dollins was given a red card for fouling Cook on a breakaway opportunity. The red card evened the playing field at 10 players on the field for both sides.
In the 71st minute, junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) sent a goal kick the entire length of the field to a waiting Nugent, who had gotten past the Falcon defense and controlled the ball before firing a scoring shot from eight yards out into the center of the net. It marked the first career assist for Burse, who played the second half for OSU and collected two saves.
Bowling Green’s Koblens scored his second goal of the match in the 76th minute off an assist from Paul Seip, but Kustos put the Buckeyes back up by three goals in the 89th minute with his second goal of the season off an assist by senior Sammy Tamporello (Richardson, Texas/L.V. Berkner).
In all, six yellow cards, two red cards and 35 fouls were called in the match.
Ohio State will travel to Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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