Buckeyes Battle Falcons to Scoreless Draw
Sept. 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's soccer team ended its night in a scoreless draw with Bowling Green Friday at Cochrane Field in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Buckeyes move to 2-2-1 on the season, while the Falcons are now 1-2-2.
"It was a tough, physical game against a talented and senior-dominated team," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. "They had a huge supportive crowd of over 3,000, which made it even more difficult to get anything going. I am proud of our guys for hanging tough and earning a draw. We are definitely looking forward to coming back to Columbus and playing a couple games at home next week."
Ohio State's chances were limited, but the offense was able to produce a handful of promising opportunities in the final minute of regulation and the bonus periods. In the 90th minute a pair of consecutive corners nearly put the Buckeyes on the board.
Following a BG foul, Alec Lowell took a free kick from about 25 yards that was blocked out of bounds. The ensuing corner went through the box and off a Falcon defender for another CK chance. Tyler Kidwell sprinted over and quickly took the corner with four seconds remaining and put a good ball into the box, but it bounced around until the horn sounded before an attempt could be made.
In extra time, Max Moller took back-to-back shots in the 107th minute, collecting the rebound when his first one was blocked but sent the second chance over the crossbar.
The Falcons ended the night with a 35-12 advantage in shots, though just a 9-2 margin in shots on goal, and a 7-4 lead in corners. Alex Ivanov tallied eight saves in goal for the Buckeyes, marking the fifth time in five games this season the junior goalkeeper has come up with six or more stops. His BGSU counterpart Michael Wiest made just two.
Ohio State returns to Columbus for a pair of home matches next week. The Buckeyes will host Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 on Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before welcoming Dayton for a 7:30 p.m. Friday night matchup. The Raiders are 1-2 on the season after falling 2-1 to West Virginia in Morgantown Friday night. Ohio State overtook Wright State 2-1 last season.