Aug. 24, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team remained undefeated in exhibition play this season with a 2-0 shutout of Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes, now 2-0 in the preseason after topping Robert Morris 5-1 Saturday, out-shot Pittsburgh 12-4 and produced a goal in each half.
In goal, Ohio State freshman Casey Latchem (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) had one save in the first half and junior Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) collected a pair of saves in the second half as the duo combined to notch the shutout.
“Pittsburgh was well-organized defensively, but we created some good chances,” head coach John Bluem said. “I was pleased with our effort defensively to get a clean sheet. That was one of our goals coming into the match.”
Junior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Univ. of Akron) assisted on Ohio State’s first goal of the day and connected on a goal himself later to seal the result in favor of the Buckeyes, who defeated the Panthers 1-0 last season in Pittsburgh.
In the 33rd minute of the match, Veris took control of the ball near the midfield stripe and delivered a through ball to sophomore Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington), who maneuvered to the side of Pittsburgh goalkeeper Justin Lowery at the top of the goalkeeper box and sent the ball into the back of the net to give OSU a 1-0 advantage, where the score would remain at halftime.
In the 67th minute, senior Peter Withers (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) sent a corner kick into the box that deflected off a Pittsburgh defender to Veris, who fired a shot past new Panther goalkeeper Andy Jorgensen.
The goals for Veris and Korpieski were their second of the preseason.
“We have continued to use each game to get better,” Bluem said. “It is a good sign to have won both preseason games so far. It’ll give us some confidence as we prepare to play a good Rutgers team in Crew Stadium Friday night.” The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the College Cup Preview Match, which will mark Ohio State’s final preseason test before beginning the regular season Sept. 3-5 against Wake Forest and North Carolina in the Ohio State Classic in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
In the Ohio State defense, senior Eric Schwebach (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), sophomores Jim Fisher (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) and Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield Catholic) along with freshman Ben Oliver (Chula Vista, Calif./Hilltop) played a big part in limiting the Panthers’ scoring chances, while sophomores Rob Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and Dustin Kirby (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) provided excellent ball control and possession in the midfield.
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