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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team kept it rolling on a rainy Tuesday night, claiming its fourth straight shutout in a 3-0 victory over Penn State at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 5-1-0 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions fall to 1-2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference action. Niall Logue, Nate Kohl and Mitch Bergman each scored goals for the Scarlet and Gray.
“It didn’t rain until the game started and we didn’t get used to the field being wet,” head coach John Bluem said. “Both teams had a difficult time with it early on. It was a challenging game because they were sitting back defensively, but once we scored the first goal, they opened up a bit and there was more space to play. That led to a nice effort by Nate Kohl, and late in the game, a good goal by freshman Mitch Bergman. It’s a team effort when you get a shutout and we’ve been stressing that a lot to our team. We’ve been organized defensively and our individual effort has been solid. It’s helped lead to these shutouts.”
All five wins have been shutouts for the Buckeyes this season, including four straight clean sheets. The team is one shutout shy of tying the consecutive shutouts record set by the 2007 College Cup Team (5). The Buckeye defense limited the Nittany Lions to nine shots with only one on goal. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried improved to 5-1 in 2017, making one save in the Big Ten home opener.
LOGUE STRIKES FIRST
Ohio State struck the scoreboard first in the 50th minute when senior back Niall Logue scored his second goal in a week on a low shot off a free kick from 20 yards out. The strike skipped underneath the wall and inside the near post at 49:35.
KOHL SCORES HIS FIRST OF 2017
Just six minutes later, the Buckeyes pushed their lead to 2-0 when senior forward Nate Kohl tallied his first goal of the year. The OSU forward gained possession off a PSU turnover and made a strong run to the top of the 18 and buried a shot into the back left of net at 55:47.
“It felt good to get one under my belt,” Kohl said. “Most importantly, we are keeping it 1-0 and keeping the shutouts going. As long as we keep that zero on the board for the other team, we are going to score goals.”
FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL FOR BERGMAN
Freshman midfielder Mitch Bergman ended the night with a bang when he registered his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute. After a quick pass by Abdi Mohamed, senior back Kevin Blackwood whipped in a perfect cross from the far side line to the near post where Bergman headed it into the back left of net at 84:15.
“It’s pretty crazy, especially since the game was on BTN tonight,” Bergman said. “To put it away in the last few minutes against a quality opponent, I don’t know what to think, just living in the moment right now. I know Kevin is able to whip them in like that and I have to be ready in the right spot. That’s his goal just as much as it is mine.”
FIRST HALF CHANCES
- Mohamed and Theo Alexis had back-to-back shots blocked inside the 18 in the third minute.
- Michael Prosuk’s volley from the far post sailed high over the bar on a well-placed cross from Blackwood.
- Mohamed had two free kicks within a minute span. His first sailed over the bar at 28:10 from 30 yards out. His second free kick went in low and was saved by PSU keeper Evan Finney at 29:15.
- Ohio State earned its first corner of the match in the 35th. A clearance led to a chance by Logue, but his shot from 20 yards out was saved.
- At half shots, were 8-3 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray.
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- Ohio State improves to 14-18-4 all-time vs. the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes have not lost against Penn State at home since the 2005 campaign, going 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
- The Scarlet and Gray are off to their best start to a season in 12 years. The team began the 2005 campaign with a 5-1 overall record.
- Tonight’s game was the first soccer match televised from the east side of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
- The Buckeyes tied their season high for shots in a half (8).
- Nate Kohl scored his first goal of the season, while Mitch Bergman collected his first collegiate goal.
- Niall Logue netted his second goal in a week.
- Abdi Mohamed has a team-high four assists this year. He has an assist in the last three games. Mohamed leads all active Buckeyes with 24 career points.
- Kevin Blackwood picked up his second assist this fall.
- Parker Siegfried now has five shutouts in 2017 and eight in his OSU career.
- Overall, Ohio State led in shots 15-9, while Penn State held the advantage in corners, 4-3.
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