April 30, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s soccer team was unable to find the back of the net, falling, 3-0, to the visiting Columbus Crew (MLS) Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, however the almost 1,400 in attendance at the first Connor Senn Memorial Match ensured the Buckeyes would not leave empty handed.
A portion of the over $3,500 raised at the match will go toward the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit a men’s soccer student-athlete. In addition to the money raised at the match, The Crew players raised approximately $1,500 and the Crew front office staff plans to match that total. The official amount raised was not available at the time of this release.
Senn, a native of Granville, Ohio, and a freshman member of the OSU soccer team, died Sept. 26, 2001, after collapsing during the Ohio State at Akron match. An autopsy later revealed the cause of his death to be a congenital heart defect. A walk-on defender, Senn had earned a starting position midway through the season, seeing action in eight of ten matches and starting five.
Prior to the match, Crew President/General Manager Jim Smith presented John Bluem, OSU head coach, with a Crew jersey bearing Senn’s name and No. 1.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the crowd at the first Connor Senn Memorial Match,” Bluem said. “I was pleased with the way our team played and how we tried to handle them. Obviously, the Crew is a different caliber team. They scored three nice goals.”
Edson Buddle put the Crew on the board in the 10th minute, converting on a shot from the right center of the box just inside the 18. Jeff Cunningham recorded the assist. The Buckeyes registered two shots on goal in the first half, with their best scoring chance coming on John Tomaino’s (Jr., Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) point-blank shot in the 17th minute. The Crew sealed its shutout victory in the second half with goals at 53:31 and 69:34. John Wilmar Perez’s shot deflected off a Buckeye defender’s head and Todd Yeagley rounded out the scoring with a hard blast from about 40 yards out.
Chad Brown (Fr., Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) got the start and played all 90 minutes in net, recording four saves, including an impressive grab on Cunningham’s shot in the 21st minute. Tom Presthus played the first half in net for the Crew, picking up two saves. Jon Busch saw action in the second half and preserved the shutout with four saves.
Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team, started the scholarship fund in his son’s honor. The goal of the fund is to endow a scholarship for an Ohio State men’s soccer student-athlete in Connor Senn’s name. The Senn family and friends have provided the initial funding of approximately $13,000. The fund will be formally named after Senn at the $25,000 level and will be fully endowed once it reaches $100,000.
Score Per Period 1 2 F Columbus Crew 1 2 3 Ohio State 0 0 0
Shots Per Period 1 2 F CREW 8 6 14 OSU 3 5 8
Scoring Summary CREW-Buddle (Cunningham), 9:56 CREW-Wilmar Perez (McCarty), 53:31 CREW-Yeagley (unassisted), 69:34
Goalkeeper Saves CREW-Presthus, 2 (45:00); Busch, 4 (45:00) OSU-Brown, 4 (90:00)
Fouls CREW-15 OSU-10