Aug. 28, 2015
Bert and Iris Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Ohio State 2 (1-0-0), Cal State Fullerton 0 (0-1-0)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team opened the 2015 season with a 2-0 shutout victory against Cal State Fullerton Friday night in the nightcap of the Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Seniors Kyle Culbertson and Liam Doyle both scored goals for the Buckeyes (1-0-0) in the home opener.
“Cal State Fullerton is a very good team and we were fortunate that they were given a red card in the first half,” head coach John Bluem said. “Culbertson provided us with a goal and that took the pressure off our guys. You have to give them a lot of credit for their effort with being a man down. We weren’t at our best tonight, but we were able to get the shutout and Chris Froschauer played very well.”
Froschauer, a senior goalkeeper transfer from Dayton, picked up his first career win as a Buckeye to improve to 1-0. He finished the night with three strong saves. Junior Yaw Amankwa and freshmen Greg Solawa, Abdi Mohamed and Alex Nichols also made their first career appearances as Buckeyes.
In a physical contest, the first 25 minutes went scoreless. Cal State Fullerton was issued a red card following a hard tackle near midfield at 24:38 to give the home squad the man advantage the rest of the game. The Buckeyes then went on the attack and scored the first goal of the game in the 29th minute when Culbertston struck a shot with his left foot in front of goal from five yards out. Danny Jensen and Kenny Cunningham were credited with assists on the play.
“It was good to get the win, but I think we have a lot of things to improve on,” Culbertson said. “I don’t think we were at our best by any means tonight but we did enough to get it done. The ball came forward and Kenny did a good job of playing it into Danny who found me open and I was able to finish. We need to stay focus and take care of business on Sunday.”
In the second half, a hand ball was called on the Titans during the 73rd minute when Jensen’s shot was illegally blocked in front of goal. Doyle, a native of Isle of Man, U.K., extended the lead to 2-0 when he converted the penalty kick into the back right of the net at 73:10.
Overall, shots were an even 8-8, while the Buckeyes held a 3-1 advantage in corners. Ohio State improves to 27-25-11 all-time in season openers and 8-3-3 at home openers under coach Bluem.
The Buckeyes are back in action at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday against Binghamton to conclude action at the tenth-annual Wolstein Classic. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus. As always, admission is free.