Sept. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Chris Hegngi got the monkey off his back, scoring his first goal 11 games into the season, but in the end Michigan topped the Ohio State men's soccer team, 3-2, late in the second overtime Sunday evening at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes drop to 4-6-1 on the season and 0-2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines improve to 3-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference.
Hegngi, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, found the back in the 40th minute to equalize the score at one-all. He would pace the Buckeye attack throughout the match, ending the match with a game-high five shots, including a header in the first extra period which nearly gave Ohio State the win.
It was Michigan's Jack Brown, however, who produced the game-winning goal in the 110th minute. His free kick from 65 yards out sailed into the upper left quadrant of the goal, helped along by teammate TJ Vanderslooten's boxing out of Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Ivanov in the box. The goal cemented the 10th-consecutive match decided by one goal or less between the teams.
The first two-thirds of the opening period were played at a frenetic pace with the teams exchanging chances before Michigan struck first late in the 34th minute. Zeke Harris finished off a corner kick taken by Fabio Perreira, sending it just beyond the reach of a diving Ivanov.
Ohio State answered less than six minutes later though with Hegngi's score following the Austin McAnena free kick. The senior forward poked the shot through following McAnena's kick from 20 yards out.
Coming out of the intermission with the tie, Michigan gave Ohio State a 2-1 lead with an own goal off a misplay by Harris midway through the 61st minute. Just 12 seconds later, the Wolverines tied it up with a score by Pereira. A shot from Michigan was stopped by Ivanov, but the rebound went back into play for Pereira to blast into the lower left 90 for an even 2-2 slate.
Neither team relinquished pressure for the balance of regulation. Ohio State poured on four shots in a row over a two-minute span starting in the 70th minute, but was unable to find the go-ahead score. Michigan countered with a smattering of its own chances, including a late-game blast stopped by sophomore defender Zach Dobey in the box.
The first extra time period featured Ivanov between the pipes, making two tremendous saves and snaring a handful of crosses to keep the Wolverines off the board. Ohio State's lone chance came with a second remaining when Hegngi sailed a header over the crossbar.
A role reversal in the second session led to a barrage of Buckeye chances and one late-game opportunity for Michigan, which it capitalized on with Brown's free-kick goal.
Ohio State finished with a 17-15 advantage in shots while corners were even 6-6. Ivanov and his counterpart Adam Grinwis each tallied four saves.
The Buckeyes now have a week off before hosting Michigan State at noon Oct. 7 during the team's Alumni Weekend. The Spartans are currently 3-6-1 on the year and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten after falling to Northwestern, 2-1, in double overtime Sunday afternoon. Ohio State has captured each of its last seven meetings vs. MSU, dating back through the 2006 season.
All men's soccer alumni are invited back for the weekend of Oct. 5-7 to partake in a golf outing, the Nebraska football game and the match vs. Michigan State. For more information, visit the Alumni and Friends page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com -- go.osu.edu/MSOCalumni