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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-3-1) fell behind early, held the No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0-1) scoreless the next 88 minutes but could not notch an equalizer in a 1-0 loss Friday in Morgantown.
How it Happened
The Mountaineers struck early with a goal by Kevin Morris just over two minutes into the game. The Buckeyes held West Virginia scoreless the rest of the game, facing a total of five WVU shots over the first 45’ to enter the break down 1-0. Ohio State finished the game with four shots, two on net. The Mountaineers owned an 8-4 edge on shots and an 8-4 advantage on corners in claiming the win.
- The Buckeyes had scored first in the four games prior to the game vs. the Mountaineers.
- Ohio State has been involved in four games decided by one goal in addition to a double overtime 1-all draw.
- WVU led 5-1 in both shots and corners in the first half.
- Eric Brunner, who played for the Buckeyes from 2005-07 entered the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Friday (Class of 2020). Brunner led the Buckeyes on an historical run in 2007 that culminated in an appearance in the NCAA College Cup Final after winning the Big Ten Conference championship. The first Buckeye to earn First Team All-America honors, Brunner was a 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and a First Team All-Big Ten honoree in addition to making the 2007 College Cup All-Tournament team. A Dublin, Ohio, native, Brunner was the first Buckeye to make the United States National Team (2008). He was drafted by the New York Red Bulls and played in 103 Major League Soccer games. As a Buckeye, the 2007 captain appeared in 89 games, starting 79.
- The Buckeyes are 6-12-4 vs. West Virginia (MAC) all time.
- The game was played under mostly clear skies with temperatures at about 70 degrees at first kick.
- The Mountaineers entered the game with a No. 5 ranking after wins over No. 2 Pittsburgh and No. 17 Penn State. West Virginia opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Robert Morris and just prior to facing the Buckeyes played to a scoreless draw with Loyola, Maryland.
The Buckeyes return home for to start a four-game homestand vs. No. 16 Akron Sept. 15 (7 p.m.) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After facing No. 5 West Virginia, it’s the second of three-games vs. ranked opponents over four contests for the Buckeyes, who open Big Ten competition vs. No. 7 Maryland Sept. 24 after a game vs. Cleveland State Sept. 21. Bowling Green, who is receiving votes for Top 25 consideration in the most recent coaches poll, travels to Columbus Sept. 29. All remaining Ohio State home games are 7 p.m. starts.