COLUMBUS, Ohio—Four games into the 2019 season, the second for Brian Maisonneuve as head coach of the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the Buckeyes are off to one of the best starts in the last 10 years at 3-1.
The 2017 Buckeyes started the season with a 7-1 record, the best start of a season since the 1977 team rattled off seven-consecutive before its first defeat.
Maisonneuve’s 2019 squad has used early offense in the program’s second best start since 2010.
In each of the four games this season, Ohio State has scored first to put pressure on the opposition. In Ohio State’s lone defeat on the year, the Buckeyes led 2-0 at the break vs. CSUN Aug. 30. The teams were tied at 3-all before a late Matadors goal handed Ohio State a 4-3 setback in Columbus in the 2019 Wolstein Classic.
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The Buckeyes bounced back after a lengthy weather delay two days later in Columbus to win 1-0 on a Devyn Etling goal in the 57th minute. The Ohio State defense held on the rest of the way.
On the road last week at the Dayton Classic, the Buckeyes earned a pair of dramatic victories. The first was an overtime affair against the host Flyers in which Joe Ortiz scored in the first overtime for the 1-0 win.
Last Sunday the Buckeyes led after the first 45 minutes, 2-0, before Eastern Illinois tied the game on a penalty kick. Senior Jake Scheper ended a late barrage on the Panthers’ keeper with a goal in the 90th minute for the 3-2 victory.
Six Buckeyes have scored to date this season with senior Jack Holland and Etling each scoring twice. Junior Matteo Bennati, junior Joe Ortiz, Scheper and sophomore Luis Hernandez each have a goal this season. Holland has three of Ohio State’s eight assists on the year. Etling leads the team in shots taken with 12.
As a team, Ohio State has outshot the opposition 62-35.
Ohio State is on the road for a 7 p.m. game at Bowling Green (3-0-1) Friday and then travel to face South Florida Sept. 17 (7 p.m.) before returning home to take on Penn State Sept. 21 (7 p.m.) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.