UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell in its Big Ten opener at Penn State, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 1-5-1 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in conference action.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Every time you play a game and battle, you can learn something from it,” head coach Brian Maisonneuve said. “This is an absolute process and it takes a lot of time. This group needs to continue to grow and move forward. Our attack is young and I thought Devyn finished it well and Schep [Scheper] made a great play in the midfield. In the second half, we came out and fought for the first 30 minutes. We had an opportunity to tie it up and the call was offsides. We lost a mark in the box to go down two again. We cannot play 45 minutes like we did today. These are tough lessons and we will learn from it.”
PENN STATE STRIKES FIRST
Penn State began the match creating chances and holding majority of possession. Fouls and free kicks dominated the action for the first half hour. Ohio State grew into the game in the last 20 minutes of the first half but two Penn State goals 5:05 apart separated the teams.
The opening goal of the game came in the 31st minute as Aaron Molloy of Penn State connected on a volley from 18 yards out and fired far post past goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. After failure to clear the ball, the Penn State midfielder found the back of the net off a bouncing ball with time and space at 30:42. Just over five minutes later, the Nittany Lions scored again as Mac Curran was on the end of a Callum Pritchatt pass that snuck its way past the Buckeye defense for the two goal advantage at 35:47.
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ETLING SCORES FIRST CAREER GOAL
Ohio State cut Penn State’s lead to one in the 68th minute as Jake Scheper led a counterattack into the Nittany Lion’s half and sent a through ball to Devyn Etling, who slotted a shot past the PSU goalkeeper, giving Ohio State some momentum. The finish was Etling’s first career goal.
PENN STATE FINDS A THIRD GOAL
After a second Ohio State goal was called off due to offsides, Penn State sealed the win in the 80th minute when Stephen Kenny was on the end of a Penn State free kick, heading the ball past Siegfried into the back of the net. Siegfried falls to 1-5-1 overall in 2018 and made three saves.
SHOTS: Ohio State 5, Penn State 11
SAVES: Ohio State 3, Penn State 0
CORNERS: Ohio State 5, Penn State 10
FOULS: Ohio State 13, Penn State 18
The Buckeyes return home to face Northwestern Friday, Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.