Aug 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer lost its season opener to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime Friday night in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic on Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Colin Bonner accounted for both of the Seahawks’ goals, including the gamewinner in the 104th minute. Sage Gardner had the lone score for the Buckeyes, who were forced to play a man down for 15:22, the final 1:35 of regulation and the whole of overtime.
“I am really proud of the way the team played tonight,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought they put in a great effort and the turning point really did not come until the red card late in regulation. Credit has to be given to UNCW though and their forward Colin Bonner; he had two good chances and finished both of them.”
The Buckeyes will close out tournament action at 2:30 p.m. Sunday against Northern Illinois, following a noon matchup between Cincinnati and the Seahawks. The Huskies bested Cincinnati, 3-0, in game one Friday. Three NIU players scored, led by James Stevenson with a goal and an assist.
“I know our guys will regroup and come out strong Sunday,” Bluem said. “Northern Illinois played very well against Cincinnati and the players know they need to move on from tonight and be prepared for the next match.”
Bonner gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute when he converted a cross from Jacob VanCompernolle with a header. The advantage would last less than nine minutes, however, as the Buckeyes drew even with a penalty kick knocked home by Gardner at the start of the 65th minute.
UNCW nearly pulled ahead at the end of regulation when it received a PK opportunity, but the shot from Mateo Cardona sailed over the crossbar in the 89th minute.
Once in OT, both teams had a chance in the waning moments of the first session with the Buckeyes’ Danny Jensen getting a strong boot on a shot in the 99th minute that was stopped by UNCW goalkeeper Sean Melvin.
The Seahawks’ gamewinner would come at 103:57 when Jamie Dell beat his defender to the end line and sent a low cross to the near post where Bonner got a heel on it and redirected it in for the winner.
Alex Ivanov tallied seven saves in the loss with his counterpart Melvin earning five, while the Seahawks held a 20-16 advantage in shots.