Sept. 26, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State men’s soccer team battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw against Detroit Mercy Tuesday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the tie, the Buckeyes move to 7-1-1 overall in 2017, while Detroit Mercy goes to 5-2-2. Ohio State’s program-record six-match shutout streak was snapped tonight, but the Buckeyes finish the month of September with an unbeaten 6-0-1 mark. Junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed scored his third goal of the year, while redshirt junior Brady Blackwell scored his first goal as a Buckeye. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made five saves to move to 7-1-1 in 2017.
BUCKEYES JUMP OUT TO A LEAD
The Scarlet and Gray got off to a hot start against the Titans with two goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Mohamed buried a shot from 12 yards out into the back left of net at 10:02 for his third goal of the year. Kevin Blackwood played a near cross into the box where Nate Kohl flicked it over to Mohamed, who found space and buried the shot from the center of the box. Seven minutes later, Brady Blackwell had a sweet finish in front of net to score his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray. After a long pass by Alex Nichols from midfield went to speedy Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, the OSU rookie sprinted down the near side line and sent in a cross where Kohl once again deflected it over in front of net, this time to Blackwell. The native of Dublin, Ohio, Blackwell touched it through the legs of a Titan defender and beat the keeper to the left side of goal from five yards out at 18:00.
SHUTOUT STREAK ENDS AT SIX
The Buckeyes allowed their first goal in 30 days late in the first half vs. the Titans, ending the school-record consecutive shutout streak at six matches. Forward Spiro Pliakos scored on a sliding shot inside the near post at 33:32 to get Detroit Mercy on the board. A cross from the far side was flicked on by Tyler Moorman for the assist. Pliakos had to leavecthe game due to injury on the scoring play.
TITANS FIND THE EQUALIZER
Without one of their top offensive scorers for the remainder of the game, Detroit Mercy challenged the OSU backline in the opening 15 minutes until finding an equalizer in the 65th. Aleks Vushaj scored off a rebound following a shot by Grant Harrison that hit the near post at 64:54.
SO CLOSE FOR KETCHUP
Jackson-Ketchup struck a low shot from 20 yards out through a crowd of Titan defenders in the 68th minute, but his strike hit the near post twice, once off the rebound and another when UDM keeper Josh Flamme couldn’t come up with the initial grab.
FIRST OT GAME OF THE YEAR
Both teams couldn’t find a third goal in regulation to force overtime, marking the first match this season the game went into an extra session for the Buckeyes. Mitch Bergman had a strong strike from 20 yards out go wide of the near post in the 87th, while a late header attempt off a Mohamed free kick went wide of the frame. At the end of regulation, shots were 15-14 in favor of the Titans.
Ohio State travels to No. 4 Michigan State for a Big Ten road match at 3 p.m. Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).