Aug. 13, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With 1:27 left in the exhibition match Sunday, the Ohio State men’s soccer team took a 1-0 lead over Dayton, but the Flyers connected on the equalizer with four seconds left to steal a tie in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium from the Buckeyes, who held a 22-11 shot advantage in the game.
The Buckeyes outshot the Flyers 12-5 in the first half alone and finished the match with nine shots on goal compared to just two for the Flyers, who are coming off an 11-5-4 season and runner-up finish in the Atlantic 10.
“The match was good from the standpoint we got to see a lot of our young players,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Five of our freshmen played tonight, including two in the starting lineup because some of injuries to some of our veterans. All in all, it was something we can build from. The guys are disappointed, but I’m not. It was a pretty typical exhibition match, and Dayton beat us last year on a last second goal so they have a knack for doing that against us.”
The exhibition match was the first of two for Ohio State, which hosts Bradley, a 2005 NCAA Tournament participant, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Crew Stadium. With 18 returning letterwinners and eight starters back, the Buckeyes are aiming for their third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in November.
After a night of near misses, Ohio State finally connected in the 89th minute when freshman Luke Purpero (Waverly, Ohio/Waverly) took a through ball from the midfield into the penalty area. His shot was met by Flyer goalkeeper Zac Gibbens, who deflected Purpero’s shot, but OSU freshman Andrew Magill (Downers Grove, Ill/Downers Grove North) was there to collect the rebound on the right side of the 6-yard box and send it into the back of the net for what appeared to be the game-winner.
Dayton, pressing hard after Magill’s goal, held possession for most of the final minute and secured a corner kick with under 10 seconds left. UD’s Alex Torda started the set piece, sending the corner kick to the far post, which Caleb Lindemann headed back to Tyler Imbrogno, who redirected the ball into the left side of the net.
OSU junior forward Eric Edwards (Loveland, Ohio/Milford) totaled a match-high eight shots, including two on goal. Junior midfielder Ryan Kustos (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had six shots, three of which were on goal.
OSU junior goalkeeper Casey Latchem (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) finished the night with one save thanks to the Buckeye defense, which repeatedly turned away Flyer drives into the final third.
### GO BUCKS! ###