Oct. 23, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Austin McAnena scored in the 96th minute to give the Ohio State men’s soccer team a 1-0 overtime win vs. Penn State Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes improve to 8-5-2 overall and 3-1-0 in the Big Ten, good for a second-place tie in the standings, while the Nittany Lions drop to 7-7-2 on the season and 0-5-0 in the conference.

“This was fantastic to win,” John Bluem, 15-year Ohio State head coach, said. “And our dream of being Big Ten champions is still alive. We knew what we needed to do. It was our last opportunity to get a result at home for the seniors. It was a difficult game; it was no different than I thought it would be.”

McAnena secured the Buckeyes’ third overtime victory of the season when he collected a pass from Parnell Hegngi on the left side of the penalty area and sent a shot that found its way through the legs of Penn State goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton and into the opposite corner. The score was McAnena’s third of the season and second game winner.

“It was a good counter attack,” Bluem said of the junior midfielder’s goal. “We won the ball in a good situation and Parnell (Hegngi) broke out with it and Austin (McAnena) was very good at running to join him and hook up with him. Parnell hit Austin with a good pass so all of that was very good. That was a bad goalkeeping mistake and I feel bad for their goalkeeper. I’m sure he could replay that and make that save.”

Penn State controlled tempo for much of the game, but was unable to break through the stout Buckeye defense, which secured its third shutout in four games and fourth of the season off the strength of All-Big Ten First Teamers Matt Lampson and David Tiemstra. Lampson now has 23 career shutouts in goal and is one away from taking over second place all-time at Ohio State.

The Nittany Lions came out of the gate quickly, generating 12 shots and seven corner kick opportunities in the first half alone. Ohio State had little success in the first 45 minutes, creating only four shots, one on goal. The Buckeyes created six shots in the second, but ended the day being out-shot 19-11 and trailing in corner kick chances, 10-3.

Prior to the game, the Buckeyes honored their five seniors – Tiemstra, Hegngi, Nick Galiardi, Dalton Summers and Jon Moore. All but Summers, who has missed this season with injury, played in the match vs. the Nittany Lions with Galiardi earning his third career start.

Ohio State now is tied for second in the Big Ten with Wisconsin who dropped a 1-0 decision to Northwestern earlier Sunday. The Wildcats lead the league with 10 points and a 3-0-1 record (8-4-3 overall). The Buckeyes and Badgers meet at 2 p.m. ET next Sunday in Madison. Each team will have a non-conference tune-up Wednesday night, however, as Ohio State travels to Oakland (Mich.) for a 7 p.m. contest, while Wisconsin faces in-state foe Milwaukee on the road at 8 p.m. ET.