Oct. 18, 2014
RELATED INFO • Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter • Box Score COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team posted a 2-0 shutout victory at Wisconsin Saturday night from McClimon Complex. With the league win, the Buckeyes are now 5-5-3 overall and 3-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers fall to 2-9-2 overall and 0-5-0 in conference action.
Sophomore Christian Soldat scored his first goal of the season, while freshman forward Marcus McCrary, a native of Madison, Wis., notched a goal and an assist to seal the road win in front of his hometown crowd. Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov and the Buckeye defense stood strong for the entire 90 minutes to claim their fifth shutout of 2014 campaign.
In the first half, sophomore forward Danny Jensen had the team’s first good look at goal in the 12th minute, but his shot was saved by Wisconsin goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk. The Buckeyes continued the attack and were awarded when Soldat, from Rockwall, Texas, came onto the pitch as a substitute and headed in his first goal of the season during the 35th minute and was assisted by McCrary. At half, shots were 6-3 in favor of Ohio State, while the Buckeyes had a 3-2 lead in corners.
Following halftime, the Scarlet and Gray had multiple chances to extend their lead, while the OSU defense stayed strong behind the ball. Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris had a shot that went high in the 51st, while Jensen’s shot in the 65th was blocked before a shot off a corner by junior back Liam Doyle sailed high. Senior midfielder Max Moller punched a shot on goal, but was saved by the Badger backline in the 67th. Ohio State cleared away a Wisconsin corner in the 76th. Doyle had a late opportunity for the Buckeyes in the 82nd minute, but his shot was saved by Remeniuk.
With less than five minutes on the clock, Wisconsin earned a corner, but a shot by the Badgers was blocked before a good look in front of net sailed high over the bar to keep it at 1-0.
With the Badgers pressuring up top, the Buckeyes went on the counterattack and McCrary used his speed and beat Remeniuk to the far post for his second goal of the year at 89:06 to punch the team’s third league win. He was assisted by Sarris who found McCrary past the midfield. Sarris leads the team with 10 points this fall.
Overall shots were 13-12 in favor of the Buckeyes with both teams collecting seven corners. Ivanov had one save and improves to 5-5-3.
Ohio State will now begin a three-game homestand next week with in-state foe Bowling Green. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET Oct. 22 at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.