August 30, 2019

Buckeyes Drop Season Opener to CSUN, 4-3


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 4-3, to CSUN Friday in the opening day of the 2019 Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Jack Holland scored twice for the Buckeyes, both in the first half, while newcomer Matteo Bennati scored off a rebound from his own penalty kick in the second half.

The Buckeyes will face UIC at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the final game of the Wolstein Classic.


  • Ohio State was on the attack early with a few good shots in the opening minutes before Jack Holland, in the 22nd minute, connected on a set piece from the right side of the box to score the Buckeyes first goal of the season and the second of his career.
  • The Buckeyes continued to pepper the CSUN keeper in the first half and again connected on Holland’s second of the game from 25 yards out on a feed from Channing Chasten to go up 2-0 with three minutes to go in the half.
  • Coming out of the half, CSUN answered back in the 48th minute with a strike from Samuel Salter, assisted by Julio Rubio to cut the Ohio State lead in half.
  • CSUN found their stride and netted two more goals in the 58th and 61st minutes, each from over 18 yards out to take the lead, 3-2.
  • Ohio State put themselves in good position down the stretch, creating good opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net, forcing five saves in the second half.
  • In the 81st minute, after a hand ball called on CSUN in the box, Matteo Bennati’s number was called to take the penalty kick. At the whistle he fired it low to the right into the waiting arms of the CSUN goalkeeper but cashed in on the rebound to knot the game up at three for his first goal as a Buckeye.
  • The score wouldn’t hold long, as CSUN netted another goal in the 82nd minute to hand the Buckeyes the 4-3 loss.


  • The game vs. the Matadors was the second Friday following the opening match of the 2019 Wolstein Classic between Dayton and UIC.
  • Ohio State will take on UIC at 3 p.m. Sunday following a noon game between Dayton and CSUN.
  • This is the 14th annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic.
  • The Buckeyes scored three goals for the first time since they shutout Penn State 3-0 on September 12, 2017.
  • Jack Holland scored two goals on the night, bringing his career tally to three.
  • Matteo Bennati, the junior transfer from Belmont, scored the first goal of his Ohio State career.

Ohio State 16, CSUN 10
Saves: CSUN 6, Ohio State 2
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 9, CSUN 6
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 5, CSUN 3

Ohio State takes on UIC at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the final game of the Wolstein Classic.