Oct. 18, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – History was made Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Ohio State men’s soccer team claimed a program-record seventh-consecutive win after shutting out Wisconsin, 2-0, at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field. With the victory, the Buckeyes (8-4-2, 3-1-1), unbeaten in their last nine matches, move to sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with 10 points, while the Badgers drop to 3-9-2 overall and 1-2-2 in conference action.
“I’m really happy for the guys and to go in the record book as a team that has the longest win streak in program history is a great accomplishment,” head coach John Bluem said. “I know it meant a lot to them coming into the game. They worked hard to accomplish this milestone. After we started 1-4, we decided to take things one match at a time. The most important game is Cleveland State now and that’s the mentality we have with our players.”
The seven straight victories breaks the program record of six wins in a row set by the 1987 and 1999 campaigns, respectively. The Buckeyes also claim their third-consecutive shutout and improve to 5-1-1 at home in 2015.
Kyle Culbertson scored his third goal of the year in the 13th minute when he buried a shot into the back left of net following a rebound from eight yards out at 12:33. Danny Jensen picked up the assist on the scoring play.
“We are pretty happy,” Culbertson said. “It’s been pretty special to see us come back to where we are now. That’s what we had last year, a fighter’s mentality, and to see us do it again is great. Our front four is really coming together and the backs are playing fantastic.”
In the second half, the Buckeyes extended its lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute when Christian Soldat knocked in his third score of the season off the near post from 12 yards out. Yaw Amankwa and Danny Jensen both were credited with assists. Amankwa found Soldat open with space from the far side at 64:05.
“We’ve come together as a team,” Soldat said. “If one guy isn’t having the best game, we pick them up. It feels great having a team that’s always behind you. We are really in a groove. It feels great to be at home and play in front of a crowd that continues to grow each game.”
The OSU backline did another fantastic job shutting the opponent’s offense as Wisconsin could only tally three shots on target. Chris Froschauer was solid again for the Scarlet and Gray, making three stops to pick up his fifth shutout of the year. Overall, Ohio State held a 13-8 lead in shots and 6-3 advantage in corners.
Ohio State had Ivan Applin as an honorary captain for the match vs. the Badgers. Senior Zach Mason and the Buckeyes invited Ivan to be an honorary captain for a game this season. The ten-year old Ivan had a procedure to fix holes in his heart at University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital back in August. Ivan asked his mother, “Will they change it so I love Michigan instead of Ohio State?” The procedure was a success and Ivan is still a Buckeye Fan. He was one of approximately 80 kids that participated in the post-game clinic with the first-place Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, hosting Cleveland State in its final non-conference match of the regular season. Ohio State travels to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. ET Oct. 15 live on BTN.