Nov. 13, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team saw the 2003 season come to an end Thursday afternoon as the Buckeyes dropped a 2-0 Big Ten tournament quarterfinal match to Wisconsin in Bloomington, Ind.
Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, closes out the season with a 4-12-4 overall record. The Buckeyes posted a 2-3-1 Big Ten record and ranked among the league’s best defensive squads this season, allowing just 1.33 goals per game in conference play, which ranked second in the Big Ten.
“We played a good first half and created some chances, but we failed to capitalize,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Wisconsin played very well in the second half. It was a very disappointing end to our season.”
The Buckeyes out-shot Wisconsin, 12-7, including 9-5 advantage in the second half, but were held out of the goal by Badger goalkeeper Eric Hansen, who collected seven saves in the match. Ohio State also took a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
With just 1:41 remaining in the first half Thursday, Wisconsin’s David Martinez put the Badgers up 1-0 with a goal off a deflection. Nick Van Sicklen was credited with an assist on the play and followed that up with 16:17 gone by in the second half with an unassisted goal from eight yards outside of the left edge of the goal to put Wisconsin up 2-0.
Earlier this season, Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 1-0, Sept. 28 in Madison, Wis., in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener. The Badgers will now move on to face No. 1 seed and 11th-ranked Indiana at 5 p.m., Friday.
Ohio State junior midfielder Adam Schauer (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy) led the Buckeye attack with three shots, all of which were on goal, to tie his career high. Senior defender Sam Migliano (Toronto, Ontario/Father Henry Carr), junior midfielder Sammy Tamporello (Richardson, Texas/L.V. Berkner) and freshman midfielder Rob Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) each had two shots in the contest. Migliano and fellow seniors Matt McCune (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South), David Ridenhour (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) and AJ Weber (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) suited up for the final time for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Ray Burse, Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) collected one save in the match.