Oct. 26, 2011

Box Score

Box Score

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s soccer team concluded its non-conference slate with a 2-1 victory over Oakland Wednesday evening in Rochester, Mich. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 9-5-2 on the season.

Michigan native Adam Gorski beat Oakland goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt on a volley from 22 yards out in the 63rd minute to give the Buckeyes the lead for good. It was the first career goal for the freshman from Troy, Mich., just 10 minutes away from Rochester.

Ohio State jumped out to the early lead in the 16th minute when freshman Kenny Cunningham tallied his second goal of the season, a strike from just inside the box off an assist from Sage Gardner.

The Buckeyes kept the pressure on late in the first half, recording six shots, including three on goal, in the final 15 minutes of the first stanza.

In the physical first half that featured 10 fouls for each team, the Buckeyes held a 10-7 advantage in shots, 5-2 on goal, including the lone tally of the half.

Oakland then knotted up the score less than seven minutes into the second half when John Timm headed in a cross from Andrew Barrett before Gorski scored the game-winner 11 minutes later.

Ohio State held a 19-11 advantage in shots including 8-4 on goal. The Buckeyes recorded seven corners to four for the Golden Grizzlies.

The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin for a battle of second-place teams in the Big Ten at 2 p.m. ET Sunday in Madison.