COLUMBUS, Ohio – All smiles on Sunday, it was win No. 1 for head coach Brian Maisonneuve. The Ohio State men’s soccer team posted a 1-0 shutout victory over Hofstra to conclude action at the Wolstein Classic at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Redshirt junior Jake Scheper scored a penalty kick in the 65th minute, while redshirt junior Parker Siegfried and the OSU defense claimed their first shutout of the year. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 1-1-0 overall, while the Pride drop to 0-1-1 in 2018.
FIRST WIN FOR MAIS
“It’s a great feeling,” Brian Maisonneuve said. “We’ve been building the whole time and we still have some work to do but like I told the boys, it’s a process. They went out there today in tough conditions vs. a good Hofstra team and created a lot of chances. We could have had another one or two so I thought overall it was a good performance. To get the first win at home is fantastic.”
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SCHEPER CONVERTS THE PK
After peppering the net for the majority of the second half, the Buckeyes found a goal in the 65th minute when Scheper converted a penalty kick at 64:25. The chance was set up after junior CC Uche was fouled inside the penalty area while trying to get a header off a rebound. Scheper had a volley attempt saved on the goal line by a Hofstra defender before the whistle was blown by the referee.
“After scoring that goal it was a great feeling, putting our team into position to win,” Scheper said. “We worked hard all game, we battled in the box, C.C. (Uche) never gave up on the play, and for that reason we got a (penalty kick), and I stepped up.”
With 6:44 to go in regulation, the match was delayed due to severe weather in the Columbus area. After a one hour and fifteen minute delay, the match was called due to travel restrictions for Hofstra.
Three of the four on the Ohio State backline made their second start as a Buckeye this afternoon, including junior transfers CC Uche and Osman Fofanah. Freshman defender Colin Lynch made his collegiate debut last time out vs. Furman and was back in the starting lineup today vs. the Pride, while sophomore Theo Alexis made his fourth career start in the back four for the Scarlet and Gray. The backline claimed its first shutout of the year and limited the Pride to eight shots, including just two on goal
OTHER SECOND HALF CHANCES
Ohio State brought the energy on the offensive end to start the second half and had some nice opportunities early on. Michael Prosuk connected off a Jacob Goyen cross in front of the net, but his header was saved by Ashton who was in perfect position to make the big two-handed stop at 51:35. Scheper had a low shot denied by Ashton in the 55th. Alex Nichols blasted a low strike on a free kick just outside the penalty area, but his shot was saved by Ashton in the 61st. Prosuk cracked a shot from 20 yards out that was saved by Ashton to set up a Buckeye corner in the 64th. Ashton finished the game with seven saves for Hofstra.
HOLLAND’S CHIP SAILS HIGH
Junior Jack Holland and freshman Xavier Green entered the match in the 31st minute and immediately connected for the team’s first chance at goal in the 32nd. Green found Holland with an excellent cross at midfield, but Holland’s chip shot attempt from the far side sailed high over the bar to keep it scoreless.
OPEN NET CHANCE DENIED
The Buckeyes kept attacking the Hofstra defense and had the best chance in the first half in the 38th minute. Mitch Bergman received a through ball and juked the Hofstra keeper to have an open net look at goal. However, Hofstra defender Sean Nealis stopped Bergman’s shot right on the goal line for the team save at 37:19.
Shots: Ohio State 18, Hofstra 8
SOG: Ohio State 8, Hofstra 2
Saves: Ohio State 2, Hofstra 7
Corners: Ohio State 5, Hofstra 3
Fouls: Ohio State 9, Hofstra 7
Ohio State travels to play in the Dayton Classic next weekend in Dayton, Ohio. The Buckeyes face Marshall at 5 p.m. Friday and Milwaukee at Noon Sunday at Baujan Field.
2018 Wolstein Classic Champion: Dayton
2018 Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team
Aidan Bean, Dayton
Isaac Mensah, Dayton
Trey Marchino, Dayton
Elias Harryson, Dayton
Danny Kierath, Furman
Rocky Guerra, Furman
Ben Hale, Furman
CC Uche, Ohio State
Xavier Green, Ohio State
Alex Ashton, Hofstra
Matthew Vowinkel, Hofstra