Buckeyes Battle No. 16 Coastal Carolina to 1-1 Draw
Aug. 31, 2012
Columbus, Ohio - There was no shortage of opportunity on either side in the Ohio State men's soccer team's 1-1 double-overtime draw with No. 16 Coastal Carolina Friday night in the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (0-2-1) had a penalty kick and a shot at an open goal in the final 1:14 of regulation, but were unable to convert on either before eventually settling for the tie with the Chanticleers (1-1-1).
Two rookies teamed up for the lone Buckeye score in the match and the first on OSU home turf this season. Midway through the 77th minute, Zach Mason fed Alex Bujenovicabout 20 yards out from the goal and the freshman from Baton Rouge, La., launched it from the left side, banking it off the back of a CCU defender and inside the far post for a 1-0 lead.
Relief was short-lived, however, as Ashton Bennett, the leading scorer on the Chanticleer roster and a preseason All-American, found Ricky Garbanzo just over two minutes later with a cross from the left side. Garbanzo one-touched the pass and chipped the shot beyond the reach of Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, who made his first career start against Coastal and picked up a whopping 11 saves on the night.
"It was a good effort from our players tonight against a very talented Coastal Carolina team," Buckeye head coach John Bluem, who is in his 16th season, said. "They have a very dangerous attacking side and showed why they are nationally ranked, but I'm proud of the way the defense played and how the whole team hung in there. We certainly had the opportunity to win the game though and in that respect it's frustrating."
These opportunities peaked with 1:14 remaining in regulation when Coastal's goalkeeper Frederico Bertele was shown a red card after barreling out of the goal box to thwart a Buckeye breakaway. Chris Hegngitook the awarded penalty kick, but his shot was stopped by Scott Shefelt, the backup keeper, and the second-chance attempt off the rebound went just wide right.
Now, with the clock winding down and Shefelt off his line, Sebastian Rivashad an open look at the goal; however, his shot was stopped by the head of Coastal defender Kjartan Sigurdsson as he butted it out of play as the regulation expired.
The Chanticleers produced a handful of legitimate opportunities in extra time, but the majority was thwarted by Ivanov. The sophomore from Strongsville, Ohio, made five saves between the two overtime periods and his total of 11 stands as the most by a Buckeye keeper since Sept. 25, 2010, when Matt Lampsoncame up with 11 in the Buckeyes' 1-0 win at Michigan.
Ohio State was out-shot 26-10 on the night and 19-6 in regulation, while finishing down 7-4 in the corner kick count as well. The match featured six total cards, including the red to the Chanticleer keeper.
A replay of the game will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 on BTN as part of the network's Student U series. The game, which was streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com, was produced completely by OSU students.
The Buckeyes will host Davidson at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday, following the conclusion of the Chanticleers' contest vs. Wright State which kicks at noon. The Raiders defeated Davidson, 3-1, in the first match Friday night with Derek Zuniga putting up a team-high three points off one goal and two assists.