Oct. 25, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s soccer team fought to a 1-1 tie with Alabama A&M in double overtime tonight at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium despite Sasha Barber’s (So., Oviedo, Fla.) first career goal in the 59th minute of play. The tie brings Ohio State’s record to 9-5-1 overall on the year with three regular season games remaining. Alabama A&M now sits at 9-4-2.
The Buckeyes out shot A&M 30-10 on the night, but were unable to get a second shot past A&M goalkeeper Andrew Jjombwe.
The Bulldogs got on the board first when Eugene Sepuya knocked in a shot past OSU’s Chad Brown (So., Rockford, Ill.) from the left side of the six-yard box on an assist from Abdou Manneh. A&M would take the lead into the lockerroom despite only taking five shots to OSU’s 11.
Barber would then tie the game at 1-1 in the second half as he waited patiently on the right side and knocked in the first goal of his career. Adam Schauer (So., Powell, Ohio) and Andy Rosenband (Sr., Hammond, Ind.) assisted on the play.
Both teams would struggle to find the net despite excellent scoring opportunities on both sides of the ball. Ohio State out shot Alabama A&M 19-5 after halftime, but Jjombwe kept the Buckeyes out of the net for the rest of the night.
“We are very disappointed that we did not get the win tonight,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “They are a talented team, but we had all the chances and we were unable to score another goal. That’s what cost us in the end. It was a physical game and both teams played hard defensively.” The physical match featured seven yellow cards (2-OSU, 5-A&M), including one red card on the Bulldogs.
Ohio State will take the field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the final time this year when they take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 2 p.m Sunday. The 2002 senior class will be honored prior to the match.