Sept. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 2-0, at Portland Friday night in its opening match at the Portland Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. The Pilots (2-1-0) scored two second-half goals in route to the home victory over the Buckeyes (0-3-0) in front of a crowd of 2,972 at Merlo Field.
PILOTS PRESS IN THE OPENING HALF
Portland controlled possession in the opening 45 minutes, pressing the OSU backline, but the Buckeye defense held its own as the score remained tied headed into halftime. The Pilots registered five opening-half corners, but were denied any good looks at net. Portland had the best chance in the first half on a breakaway in the 32nd minute. Benji Michel had an open look at goal from the far side, but his shot went off the side netting. Sophomore defender Andrew Lombard tallied the first shot of the night for the Buckeyes, but missed his target from 20 yards out. Junior forward Marcus McCrary had two strong runs from the near side in the first half, however, the OSU forward couldn’t find space around a pack of Pilot defenders. At half, shots were 7-1 in favor of the Pilots with a 5-0 lead in corners.
ON THE ATTACK TO START SECOND HALF
Ohio State came out of halftime on the attack with four shots in the first 10 minutes of play. Senior captain Austin Bergstrom sent a strong service in to senior forward Danny Jensen, but his header in front of goal sailed high in the 50th minute. McCrary blasted a shot from the far post, but keeper Paul Christensen was in good position to make the save in the 56th. Sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed booted a shot from the top of the box in the 58th, but it curved wide of the far post.
PILOTS ANSWER WITH TWO GOALS
Portland struck the scoreboard when Gio Magana-Rivera dribbled through the Buckeye backline and finished with a netter in the back right corner of the net in the 67th minute. It was the first goal allowed by the Scarlet and Gray in regulation this season. Portland extended its lead to 2-0 in the 77th minute when Erik Edwardson kicked in a shot off a rebound from five yards out. A red card was issued to the Buckeyes in the 83rd minute and were forced to play a man down for the final phase of the game and couldn’t recover.
A LOOK AT THE BOX SCORE
Overall, shots were 14-10 in favor of the Pilots and held a 7-2 advantage in corners. Redshirt freshman Parker Siegfried made one save and falls to 0-3-0 on the season.
Ohio State faces Oregon State at 3 p.m. ET Monday at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore. The contest vs. the Beavers will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network.