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Nov. 7, 2003

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 3-0, at No. 2 Maryland Friday night in College Park, Md., as the Buckeyes concluded the regular season. Ohio State will now carry a No. 4 seed into the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday and will be hosted by Indiana University.

Maryland (16-1-0, 5-1-0 ACC) led just 1-0 at halftime but added two goals in the second half to secure the win. Ohio State (4-11-4, 2-3-1 Big Ten) was out-shot 20-5 by the Terrapins.

“We have played a very difficult schedule this year,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “But when the game ended tonight we all agreed that Maryland is the best team we have seen all year. We didn’t play real well, but our effort was superb. We battled for 90 minutes.”

Jason Garey scored Maryland’s first two goals, while Sumed Ibrahim notched the game’s final score. The second-ranked Terrapins are Ohio State’s 14th opponent this season that has appeared in the national polls, and the Buckeyes’ seventh opponent that is currently ranked in the Top 25.

Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Ray Burse, Jr. (Prospect, Ky./Xavier) collected four saves in the match.

Ohio State will meet either Wisconsin or Penn State in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal match Thursday.