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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (6-5-1, 1-2-1) fell to Cleveland State (4-4-1, 0-2-1) by a 3-2 margin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday. The match was the 18th annual Connor Senn Memorial Game, honoring the former Buckeye with pregame and halftime tributes and to raise awareness for sudden cardiac arrest.
- The teams traded shots early, with Ohio State earning a corner and a follow up shot that were steered away.
- In the 15th minute, Cleveland State found the back of the net to take a 1-0 advantage.
- Both sides created good opportunities for the remainder of the half, but all were denied by the defense.
- The Buckeyes put up nine shots, two on goal, but could not connect, keeping the 1-0 score into the break.
- Out of the half, the teams started to battle once again before the Vikings broke through in the 53rd minute with a goal off a corner kick to gain a two-goal lead.
- In the 63rd minute, Ohio State drew a foul just inside the 18-yard box to set up a free kick. Jack Holland lined up the set piece and curved a ball into Matteo Bennati who deflected it just enough on the header to cash in and cut the lead to one.
- Less 30 seconds later, the Buckeyes drew a foul in the box to set up a penalty kick. Holland lined up again and fired a strike to even up the match at 2-all.
- The score would not hold for long as Cleveland State tallied another goal in the 66th minute to put the match away.
- Holland added another goal and assist to his stat sheet, tallying four and five respectively for the campaign thus far.
- Holland now leads the team in points with 12, with Devyn Etling close behind at 11.
- Bennati scored his second goal of the season and now has five points on the year.
Shots: Ohio State 18, Cleveland State 10
Saves: Cleveland State 4, Ohio State 2
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 6, Cleveland State 5
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 10, Cleveland State 4
Ohio State travels south to Lexington to play Kentucky on Wednesday at 7 p.m.