Oct. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team claimed a 3-0 shutout victory over Bowling Green Wednesday evening at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Three Buckeyes found the back of the net, including junior Liam Doyle, sophomore Christian Soldat and senior Yianni Sarris to help Ohio State (6-5-3, 3-2 B1G) improve its undefeated streak against the Falcons (9-4-1, 0-1-1 MAC) to 12-consecutive matches.
“I thought our guys were very aggressive in the first half and it was a great start for us with the penalty kick,” head coach John Bluem said. “The guys wanted to win and we were able to set the tone early. We were able to go up a man on them following a red card and our center backs did a nice job of containing their goal-scorer.”
It was an exciting start to the non-conference, in-state matchup with a penalty kick in the opening moments for the Scarlet and Gray.
In a 20-second span, the Buckeyes sent six shots toward the net from a five to eight-yard range on the Falcons in the third minute. Following a header that went off the post from a corner, Zach Mason’s shot was blocked followed by a team save for BGSU on a shot from the near side by sophomore Danny Jensen. The ball then carried out to senior Max Moller who struck the near post before it found sophomore Tyler Kidwell who sent the team’s sixth chance off a BGSU defender’s hand. Play was then whistled by the referee to set up the penalty kick for Doyle. The OSU junior back buried the PK into the back right of the net at 42:07 for his fourth goal of the year.
The madness was just starting though. In the 31st minute, Soldat came onto the pitch and ran down a far pass at the top of 18, but was fouled hard in the box by BGSU goalkeeper Ryan Heuton who was then whistled for a red card to set up the Buckeyes’ second penalty attempt of the half. Junior midfielder Kyle Culbertson’s attempt was denied by backup goalkeeper Nick Landsberger, but Soldat came sprinting in and sent the rebound into the back of net at 30:04 to give the Scarlet and Gray a 2-0 advantage at halftime. The Falcons were forced to play with a man down for the final 50 minutes of play. At half, shots were 11-3 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State continued the attack following halftime and a nice combination of passing by senior Ryan Ivancic and junior Kyle Culbertson set up Sarris’ team-best fifth goal of the year in the 64th minute when he sent in a shot from about 10 yards out into the back left of the net. Sarris leads the team with 12 points in 2014.
The Scarlet and Gray then controlled possession for the remainder of the contest and were able to limit one of the nation’s top goal-scorer – Pat Flynn- to just one shot attempt for the entire 90 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, a senior CLASS Award Finalist, made four saves and improves to 6-5-3 this year. Overall, shots were 20-6 in favor of the Buckeyes, while each team collected four penalty corners.
The Buckeyes will next host Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field. The match will be the first meeting between the two schools and will be streamed on Buckeye Vision. Senior Night is scheduled for the final home match of the 2014 regular season at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 against Kentucky.