Oct. 6, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high 10 saves by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, including two penalty kick stops in the second half, the No. 17 Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, against No. 2 Maryland Friday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Terrapins improve to 9-0-3 overall and 4-0-2 in conference action.
“After Michigan State, we had to have great effort tonight and we did,” head coach John Bluem said. “I tip my hat off to our guys. It was fantastic how hard they worked and played together. The result didn’t go our way but we never gave up and played with great spirit. That’s going to serve us well for the remainder of the year. We needed to show ourselves so we can play against a top-ranked team and be in the game. We had chances to score. They were probably the better team tonight, but Maryland knew they were in a battle. Parker Siegfried was at his best tonight.”
The Terrapins broke the scoreboard after more than 84 minutes of scoreless play when Sebastian Elney finished off a cross from Jake Rozhansky at 84:25 from six yards out for the 1-0 advantage. Amar Sejdic began the chance with a run from the far side for the second assist. That would be the deciding factor tonight as Maryland outshot the Buckeyes, 23-9, with a 5-2 lead in corners.
CAREER-HIGH SAVES FOR SIEGFRIED
Siegfried set a career-high 10 saves tonight, including six in the second-half. He denied the Terrapins twice on two penalty kicks in the second half, but falls to 7-3-1 in 2017.
BUCKEYES DEFEND STRONG IN OPENING HALF
Siegfried and the OSU backline denied several good looks by the Maryland attack in the first 45 minutes. In the sixth minute, Kevin Blackwood cleared a shot off the line by Jake Rozhansky. Siegfried made three big stops in the opening period. He denied a strike by Elney from the near side with a strong stop with his left hand. Siegfried then made back-to-back saves in the 25th minute, denying DJ Reeves twice, including a rocket from six yards out at 25:02.
BERGMAN, NICHOLS WITH GREAT CHANCES
Maryland led in shots, 8-4, at halftime. In the 31st minute, Mitch Bergman came off the bench and had a strong run from the far side. His header just missed the near post after the cross by Blackwood. Four minutes to go in the half, Alex Nichols gained a loose ball in the box from 13 yards out, but his strike deflected off the crossbar and went out of play.
SIEGFRIED DENIES TWO MARYLAND PKS
There was limited action to start the second half until Maryland was rewarded a penalty kick when Niall Logue fouled Gordon Wild inside the penalty area and was given a yellow card at 59:51. But Siegfried got the home crowd to its feet when he guessed right and made a diving stop on Wild’s penalty attempt to the far post to keep it scoreless.
Siegfried wasn’t done there. The Terrapins got a second penalty kick in the 69th minute when Michael Dichlian picked up a yellow card after a foul inside the penalty area at 68:34. However, the native of Granville, Ohio, Siegfried made a kick save on the penalty attempt by Eryk Williamson, who took a pause before his strike, but didn’t get by Siegfried. The huge stop was his eighth of the night, tying his career high. He would collected two more in the final moments of the match to finish with 10.
The Buckeyes travel to face Oakland at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in Rochester, Mich.