Oct. 6, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Junior Justin Cook (Winter Springs, Fla.) scored his second game-winning goal in as many games and Sammy Tamporello (So., Richardson, Texas) notched his first goal of the season as the Buckeyes (7-3-0, 2-0-0) defeated Michigan State (6-3-0, 1-2-0), 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Spartans struck first in the 25th minute when senior forward Brett Konley scored off a pass from teammate Kevin Wittig. The Buckeyes would be quick to answer, however, as senior captain Tony Earp (Plantation, Fla.) evened the score just 11 minutes later on an unassisted shot from 20 yards out, sending the game into half-time tied, 1-1.
Ohio State would break the tie just two minutes into the second stanza when Cook scored his third goal of the season on a breakaway up the center of the 18-yard box. The Buckeyes would add an insurance goal in the 67th minute when Tamporello pounded a cross from Andy Rosenband (Sr., Hammond, Ind.) into a vacant Michigan State net.
The Spartans pressured the Buckeye backfield with shots for the remainder of the contest, but the Ohio State defense, led on by goalkeeper Chad Brown (So., Rockford, Ill.), were up to the challenge, holding off Michigan State for the win.
“I thought that the guys did what it took today to get the job done,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were looking forward to this one. We knew it was an important game and I’m really proud of them today. This one was not as easy as it might appear. Three to one sounds like an easy game but it’s wasn’t. Michigan State is a good team.” The Buckeyes will be back in action Wednesday night when they take on Louisville at 7:15 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.