Aug. 26, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to UIC Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 0-2-0 on the season, while the Flames improve to 1-1-0 overall.

“We were thoroughly outplayed today,” John Bluem, 16-year Ohio State head coach said. “I want to give UIC credit as a talented team, but we absolutely did not play with the intensity, passion or skill we needed to or are capable of. I am, quite frankly, completely embarrassed by the team’s performance today.”

UIC took the lead in the sixth minute when Jorge Alvarez found Ned Pavolic behind the Ohio State defense. Ivan Stanisavljevic added a final tally in the 83rd minute, firing a ball past Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Wimmerinto the left corner.

The Buckeyes were not shut out without having a myriad of chances. Sebastian Rivasled the charge with three shots with two getting snagged by the Flames’ goalkeeper and a third header sailed just north of the crossbar midway through the 56th minute.

Ohio State had a remarkable 14-4 gap in corner kicks and narrowly edged the Flames in the shot count, 14-13. UIC’s goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski came up with eight saves and was active in the Buckeyes’ corners, snagging several chances.

The Scarlet & Gray will host the seventh annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Wright State and Davidson start off tourney action at 5 p.m. Aug. 31, followed by the Buckeyes vs. Coastal Carolina at approximately 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Raiders and Chanticleers meet at noon before Ohio State and Davidson close it out at 2:30 p.m. Admission to all Wolstein Classic games, and home regular-season games throughout the season, is free.