August 31, 2018

Ohio State Edged by Marshall, 1-0


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DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team was edged by Marshall, 1-0, Friday evening at Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio. The Thundering Herd scored the lone goal of the match in the second minute of play to improve to 2-1 in 2018, while the Buckeyes fall to 1-2 this season. Despite allowing the early goal, the Scarlet and Gray controlled play for the majority of the match, but couldn’t find an equalizer on a hot and humid afternoon on the campus of the University of Dayton.

“I was pleased after the first 15 minutes and we talked about getting off to a fast start, but we did the opposite of that today,” head coach Brian Maisonneuve said. “We aren’t quite there yet to spot a team a goal. When the whistle blows, we need to come out much better. After that, the effort was there. Right now we are just missing a little bit of quality in terms of the attacking side of the ball. Defensively, I was pretty pleased with what the group did today.

The Herd jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second minute of play when Kelan Swales scored on a cross from five yards out at 1:53. Carlos Diaz-Salcedo was credited with the assist.

Down early, the Buckeyes began to put pressure on the Marshall defense and ended up with an even 6-6 in shots at halftime with a 4-1 lead in corners. Freshman Xavier Green, who made his first collegiate start, registered the first two shots for the Scarlet and Gray in the 9th and 11 minutes, respectively. Joshua Jackson-Ketchup led the Buckeyes with three shots in the opening 45, including one on target. Ohio State earned a free kick just outside the box with less than a minute to go before halftime, but the Marshall wall was able to block Ketchup’s strike to head into the break with the one-goal advantage

Both teams were forced to go down a man after each side received a red card at 52:41. Following the red cards, the Buckeyes continued to pressure the Marshall defense, collecting a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.

“It’s challenging, especially for a group that has only been playing together for three weeks,” Maisonneuve said. “We try to teach by principles and I thought they reacted to the situation pretty good. I thought we had the majority of the territory when we went down a man, but again, we need to have better quality in that final third.”

Michael Prosuk sent a low shot on target from 20 yards out, but goalkeeper Paulo Pita was in position to make the save in the 58th. Jackson-Ketchup just missed connecting with Mitch Bergman on a cross from the near side eight minutes later. With 10 minutes to go, the Buckeyes earned their sixth corner of the match, but Pita went up and grabbed the service before a Buckeye could get a head on it. Five minutes later, Bergman had the team’s best strike of the match when he blasted a strike from 23 yards out, but Pita punched it away to keep the 1-0 lead. Parker Siegfried falls to 1-2 on the year and made three saves.


Marshall 14, Ohio State 12
CORNERS: Marshall 3, Ohio State 7
SAVES: Marshall 5, Ohio State 3
FOULS: Marshall 12, Ohio State 13

Ohio State returns to the pitch at Noon ET Sunday against Milwaukee at Baujan Field.