Nov. 1, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team out-shot a visiting Michigan squad 13-5 Saturday night, but the 25th-ranked Wolverines scored a goal with 3:12 left to play to defeat the Buckeyes, 1-0, on Senior Night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State (4-10-4, 2-3-1 Big Ten) out-shot Michigan (13-5-0, 5-1-0 Big Ten) 8-2 in the first half and 5-3 in the second half, but UM goalkeeper Peter Dzubay notched eight saves to deny the Buckeyes a win in their final home and Big Ten contest of the season.
“Our team battled hard the entire game and it’s a shame we had to give up a goal at the end,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “This team has come a long way this season and I am very proud of them.”
Michigan’s Bobby Trybula, who had taken just one shot all season entering tonight’s game, scored the game-winning goal for the Wolverines on a five-yard boot through a cluster of players and Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Ray Burse, Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier), who ended the match with two saves. Michigan’s Kevin Taylor provided the assist on the play.
Ohio State, which now owns a 6-3 record all-time against Michigan when playing in Columbus, was aiming to pull off the win over the Wolverines, which have lost just twice in their last 13 matches, with both those losses coming against nationally ranked teams Akron and Indiana.
“We fought hard all 90 minutes and never gave up,” senior AJ Weber (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) said. “The ball just didn’t fall our way.”
Weber and fellow seniors Matt McCune (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South), Sam Migliano (Toronto, Ontario/Father Henry Carr) and David Ridenhour (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) were honored prior to the game for their contributions to Ohio State soccer during the past four years, which have included two trips to the NCAA tournament (2000 and 2001) and the 2000 Big Ten Championship.
Ohio State will wrap up the regular season next Friday when the Buckeyes travel to No. 2 Maryland for a 7 p.m. contest. Ohio State will enter the Big Ten tournament Nov. 13 as the No. 4 seed when Buckeyes take on the No. 5 seed at Noon. The tournament will be hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
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