Oct. 12, 2005

Final Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scoring all three goals in the second half, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated Louisville, 3-1, Wednesday night at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes (7-5-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) posted a 16-9 shot advantage over the Cardinals (4-8-1, 2-4-1 BIG EAST) and led 2-0 before the hosts were able to dent the scoreboard.

After a scoreless first half, Ohio State senior Kevin Nugent (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with his fifth goal of the season and second game-winner. Freshmen Danny Irizarry (Lawrenceville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) and Geoff Marsh (North Olmstead, Ohio/North Olmsted) then scored their first goals as Buckeyes to seal the victory.

“It was a great effort by our guys,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “We played very well in the first half but were just hitting our shots right at their keeper. We came out in the second half and proved we were the more dangerous team. We defended well and deserved to win the game.”

The game was Ohio State’s final non-conference road game of the year and, with the victory, marks its second win in its last three games as the Buckeyes build momentum towards a showdown Sunday in Columbus against Big Ten leader Penn State.

The Buckeyes collected a season-high 11 shots on goal in the game and forced Cardinal goalkeeper Steven DeGeorge into making eight saves, including six in the first half. Ohio State’s three goal effort equaled its highest scoring output of the year, matching the three goals the Buckeyes scored in a 3-1 win over Coastal Carolina Sept. 9.

Sophomore Xavier Balc (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) took a free kick in the 52nd minute that hit off a Louisville defender. The ball came to junior Rob Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), who sent a header towards Nugent, who wheeled to his left and sent a left-footed shot past DeGeorge at the 51:34 mark. The assist for Strachan was his first of the season.

Just over 20 minutes later, Irizarry, who Bluem cited as having perhaps his best game as a Buckeye, drove the ball into the penalty area and was taken down by DeGeorge, resulting in a penalty kick. Irizarry took the PK and slotted it into the back of the net for his first collegiate goal and Ohio State led, 2-1, at 72:56.

Just under six minutes later, Louisville was awarded a penalty kick and Frank Jonke converted for the Cardinals to bring the score to 2-1 at 78:46. Other than the tough penalty kick situation, OSU senior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) was stellar in goal and finished the match with three saves.

It took less than two minutes for the Buckeyes to go back up two goals, however, when freshman Scott Marguglio (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) sent in a corner kick that Marsh neatly headed into the back of the net. The assist was the first of Marguglio’s career and gave March his first collegiate goal. Marsh entered the game without a shot on goal this season but ended the match with three.

“It was good to see the smiles back on their faces again,” Bluem said. “Penn State is going to be pretty darn good on Sunday but we have a little positive thing going here with a couple days of training to prepare.”

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