Sep 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team lost a 4-1 decision to No. 22 Tulsa Friday night in the Holiday Inn City Center Golden Hurricane Classic at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. Freshman Christian Soldat scored his first career tally for the Buckeyes as they dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Hurricane improved to 2-1.
“Tulsa is a very talented team and they definitely punished us for our mistakes tonight,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Their first two goals were direct results of things we did wrong and from there, it was a hole we couldn’t dig out of. We need to do the same thing we did last weekend – regroup after the Friday night loss, put it behind us right away and come out Sunday ready to play.”
Tulsa built a 3-0 lead over the opening 52 minutes. Christian Mata struck first in the 11th minute beating the Buckeye keeper one-on-one for a shot from eight yards out. He would assist on the second tally, a score from Bryce Follensbee late in the 31st minute. Tulsa then stretched its lead to three coming out of the half, with Akeil Barrett earning his second assist on a pass to Tony Rocha who hit a shot from eight yards out at 52:01.
Soldat’s goal came less than a minute later when the rookie from Rockwall, Texas, collected a cross from Danny Jensen at nearly point-blank range and sent it back from the left side.
Tulsa thwarted any chance at a comeback, however, with a fourth and final score in the 67th minute when Barrett added a goal to his two assists on the night.
The Hurricane finished with a 25-6 advantage in shots and 5-4 edge in corners. Alex Ivanov, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the week, finished with a career-high tying 11 saves. His counterpart Cody Mumma did not make a stop, though Tulsa was credited with a team save on a shot from Dillon Ricketts in the second half.
Ohio State will continue play at the Hurricane Classic against SMU at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The Mustangs are 0-3 on the season after a 1-0 loss to SIU Edwardsville earlier Friday evening. The match can be followed on Gametracker, linked from OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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