Aug 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to seventh-ranked Notre Dame in preseason action Monday night at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes wrap up the exhibition slate with a 1-2 record and prepare for the regular-season opener vs. UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the annual Wolstein Classic on Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Alex Priede scored the lone goal for the Fighting Irish in the 66th minute after his team’s efforts were thwarted by the Buckeye defense on the previous 21 shots.
“I think the team played really well and stayed tough under constant pressure tonight,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Notre Dame is a very talented team and they played their first team for about 70 minutes. The final 20 minutes were pretty even as both teams substituted. Overall, I am very pleased with our effort and fight.”
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov played the first half between the pipes, making seven saves for the Buckeyes. The defense – anchored by seniors Sage Gardner and Ben Killian – blocked several additional attempts as the Irish peppered Ohio State with 13 shots in the opening period. The pressure continued in the second until Priede’s shot found its way passed Andrian McAdams at the 65:19 mark off a pass from teammate Leon Brown.
Trailing 1-0, the Buckeye offense stepped it up as timed waned, rattling off five shots in the final 11+ minutes. Alec Lowell finished with two shots, including one stopped by Irish keeper Brian Talcott late in the 88th minute.
Ohio State will open the regular season with the eighth annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Cincinnati will open the tournament by taking on Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, followed by Ohio State vs. UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes and Bearcats will then swap opponents for Sunday action with UC taking the field at noon, followed by Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. Admission to the Wolstein Classic, and to all regular-season home games, is free.