Oct. 28, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Senior Night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime vs. No. 16 Kentucky Tuesday evening under the lights at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the draw, the Buckeyes move to 7-5-4 overall, while Kentucky moves to 9-3-4. The match featured two teams ranked in the latest NCAA RPI Top 25.

“It was a very physical, tough game between two pretty good teams,” head coach John Bluem said. “We had heard coming into the game they were a good team and I was very impressed with them. We wanted to win on Senior Night, but to tie a team like that is a very good result.”

The Wildcats struck first in the contest with a goal in the 19th minute of play. Freshman midfielder Stefan Stojkovic, assisted by Bryan Celis, found the back of the net on a through ball following a Buckeye defensive miscue.

In the 25th minute, Ohio State responded to even the score at 1-all with two former high school teammates reconnecting four years later in their last regular season home match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Yianni Sarris sent the no-look assist in front of the net to set up classmate midfielder Ryan Ivancic’s score six yards out for his first goal of the season. Sarris has posted a team-high four assists this season. Both Sarris and Ivancic played together at St. Ignatius High School.

“Yianni’s dangerous,” Bluem said. “He gets in the right spots and he battles. He’s crafty enough to slip balls to people and make good things happen.”

In the first half, the Buckeyes and Wildcats each notched four shots with Ivanov tallying one save.

Ohio State came out with more pressure in the second half of play. Max Moller’s shot from the near post was saved by Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving in the 54th minute.

In the final minutes of regulation, freshman forward Marcus McCrary created a chance for the Buckeyes to win but was unable to find the back of the net. McCrary launched a shot on target from 25 yards out, but was denied by Irving to force the first overtime period of the match.

“He had a really good shot that was on target,“ Bluem said. “[Kentucky’s] goalkeeper did a good job with it, and I was a little disappointed we didn’t have someone there to pick up the rebound. Marcus gave us some good minutes tonight and that was a very good shot.”

Ivanov, a Senior CLASS Award finalist, collected three saves in the match and is now 7-5-4 overall in 2014.

The seven seniors on the Ohio State roster were recognized prior to the start of competition. Ivanov, Sarris, Ivancic, Moller, Andrian McAdams, Zach Dobey and Konrad Kucharski have a combined 149 starts.

Up next, Ohio State will travel to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.