Sept. 19, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) defeated Virginia Tech (3-4), 4-2, at the Penn State/Nike Classic in University Park, Pa., Sunday evening. The Buckeyes placed third in the tournament behind second-place Akron and first-place Penn State. Virginia Tech finished fourth.
Sophomore Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) opened the scoring with just over five minutes left in the first half. He scored off a pass from senior Justin Cook (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo) for a 1-0 lead. Virginia Tech would answer quickly as Ben Nason netted a score at 40:35 to tie the game 1-1.
In the second half, Cook would find the back of the net twice in four minutes to give Ohio State a lead it would not relinquish. Cook scored his first goal of the season when sophomore Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield Catholic) found him on a cross. At the 62:32 mark, Cook struck again as Korpieski connected with Cook off a corner kick, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 advantage
Bailey Allman tallied the Hokies’ final goal in the 67th minute of play as he played a ball from Marcus Reed past Ohio State’s goalkeeper, Ray Burse, Jr. (Jr., Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) for a 3-2 score.
The Buckeyes’ Xavier Balc ( Fr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) ended thoughts of a comeback for Virginia Tech when his goal with 5:31 to play gave his team added insurance. Junior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Univ. of Akron) was credited with an assist.
“Today was a hard fought game,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Our team gave an excellent effort and was able to leave Penn State on a high note. We played a hard fought game in the first half then dominated the second half for the win. I was very proud of our guys’ determination and will to win.”
For the game, Ohio State outshot the Hokies by a 10-8 margin. Burse recorded three saves on the day. Cook and Korpieski were named to the All-Tournament team.
Ohio State will return to action at home against Bowling Green at 5 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
### GO BUCKS! ###