Sept. 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-2-2) concluded a matchup with Wright State in a scoreless draw through two overtimes Tuesday evening at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolsetin Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“We weren’t at our best,” Ohio State head coach John Bluem said. “The one thing I will give our team credit for is they came to battle and keep fighting against some tough circumstances.”
Despite playing a man down for nearly 41 minutes of game action, Ohio State was able to hold a physical Wright State offense to no goals for the match.
“This is our third-straight shutout, so that’s a good thing for this group of players,” Bluem said. “If you are able to defend well you are in every game. I think we do have good attacking players we’re just not quite in sync yet. Although we’re good at times, we haven’t gotten there consistently through 90 minutes.”
Holding off an early offensive attack from the Raiders, Ohio State got off to a solid defensive start in the first half of play. Junior goalie Alex Ivanov earned two saves for the half, recording his first six minutes into the matchup. Offensively, Christian Soldat, a freshman from Rockwall, Texas, led the Buckeyes with two shots, while classmate Danny Jenson also had a good look, striking in a shot on goal in the 22nd minute. The score, however, remained locked 0-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, Ivanov once again came up strong, pulling in a header from Wright State’s Derek Zuniga for his third save of the match. Junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams replaced Ivanov following a red card violation in the 69th minute. Ohio State tallied seven shots in the second, with junior midfielders Alec Lowell and Max Mollereach dropping in a shot on goal. At the end of regulation, the game remained scoreless, with Ohio State recording 11 shots, four shots on goal and three saves overall.
McAdams came up big for the Buckeyes in the second overtime period with a diving save in the 106th minute. Ohio State’s defense withstood four shots from Wright State in the final period, ending the match with four saves on 12 shots for a scoreless draw.
With the 0-0 decision vs. Bowling Green last Friday, Ohio State has had back-to-back scoreless draws for the first time since the 2000 season and Oct. 4 and 8 contests at Marshall and against Michigan State.
The Buckeyes will return to the pitch Friday for a home matchup with another in-state foe, Dayton. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time.