Sept. 11, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime against Hartwick College Saturday night as the Buckeyes concluded play in the 29th Annual Mayor’s Cup Tournament in Oneonta, N.Y. The Buckeyes (1-2-1) claimed the runner-up spot in the tournament, as Hartwick (2-0-2) took the top spot by virtue of goals scored.
Ohio State junior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Univ. of Akron) scored the Buckeyes’ goal in the match in the 50th minute and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.
“Kyle’s goal was one of the best goals I have seen in my eight years at Ohio State,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “He had a great weekend and was certainly deserving of the Offensive MVP award.”
The goal by Veris, his second of the weekend, came following a free kick by freshman Xavier Balc (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson). Veris took a career-high six shots in the match, five of which were on goal – also a career high.
Buckeye freshman goalkeeper Casey Latchem (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) stopped three Hartwick shots in the match to see his record move to 1-2-1 this season.
Hartwick, which topped Ohio State last season 1-0 on its way to finishing 15-2-1 on the season, tied the game in the 83rd minute when Phil Flannery headed in a cross from Edwin Louise. The match remained deadlocked through double-overtime to end in a 1-1 draw.
“It was a great effort by our players,” Bluem said. “Hartwick is a very good team and I was very proud of our players to preserve the tie in front of their home crowd.”
Hartwick, located in Oneonta, had one of its own, defender Adam Mitchinson, named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The Hawks were especially physical in the match, committing 19 fouls compared to 12 for Ohio State.
Ohio State will return to action next weekend at the Penn State/Nike Classic in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes will face Akron at 5:15 p.m. Friday and Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
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