Oct. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team grinded its way to a scoreless double-overtime draw against No. 16 Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2 Big Ten) have now claimed three overtime draws vs. Top 20 opponents in the last two weeks. The matchup vs. the Wildcats (8-3-3, 1-1-1 Big Ten) concludes a six-game stretch vs. 2012 NCAA opponents.
“We played well in a tough battle vs. Northwestern,” head coach John Bluem said. “Both teams had their opportunities and we felt like we deserved to win a game like this during our stretch of opponents we’ve faced the last three weeks. The team’s attitude is great and we are going to continue to grind away offensively and try to make something happen this year.”
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov had another solid outing between the posts, collecting seven saves to move to 2-5-4 this season. He now has notched five shutouts in 2013. Overall, the Buckeyes have collected six shutout matches in 2013.
In the first half, junior forward Kenny Cunningham had the best chance for the Buckeyes when he sent a shot on target on the near side at 27:29 but goalkeeper Zak Allen was able to make a diving stop to keep it knotted at 0-0 heading into halftime. Shots were 9-6 in favor of the Wildcats at half.
After a scoreless second half, Ohio State’s best chance of the day came in double overtime when freshman Danny Jensen headed a ball in front of goal at 105:48, but Allen reacted in time to catch the header and deny the Buckeyes a goal. Junior Zach Mason blasted a long shot from outside the penalty area that just went wide left of net at 107:51 for the team’s final chance.
Defensively, senior defender Ben Killian came up with a huge clearance when he denied Northwestern a goal at the beginning of the first overtime at 102:13. The OSU senior cleared away a deflected ball just in front of the goal line to keep it a scoreless match. Ohio State outshot the Wildcats, 3-2, in double overtime, while both teams collected a corner in the 20 extra minutes.
The Buckeyes return to competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Oakland at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.