Oct. 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team fell to 2-6-3 and 0-2-0 in Big Ten play with a 1-0 loss to Michigan Sunday afternoon on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes had a 15-13 advantage in shots and a 3-1 lead in corner kicks vs. the Wolverines.
The first half played out with both teams getting a feel for the conditions and styles of their opponents, until the 24:22 minute mark when Michigan took a 1-0 advantage. The Wolverine goal came when midfielder Marcos Ugarte crossed the ball to James Murphy about 23 yards from the goal. Murphy had a nifty touch, flicking the ball up to his own foot, then rifled a shot to the upper 90 just past the outstretched arms of a diving goalkeeper Alex Ivanov.
”We have to come out of the gate quicker and play better in the first half,” Ohio State head coach John Bluem said. “We have to elevate our intensity throughout the entire game.”
In the second half, the Buckeyes picked up the intensity on the offensive side, outshooting Michigan, 11-6. With 6:41 remaining in the game, Ivanov played a perfect goal kick to freshman Danny Jensen, forcing Michigan’s goalie, Adam Grinwis, out of the box to make a sliding play on the ball and kick it out of bounds. Ohio State followed up this opportunity with shot that soared just high of the goal. Alec Lowell, a junior midfielder, struck the shot from just outside the penalty area with 6:05 to play.
Ultimately, Ohio State came up short, falling to the Wolverines in the team’s first Big Ten home game of the season. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes play Michigan State in East Lansing at 1 p.m. Oct. 13.
“We may have to start looking at different combinations of players and to our bench to help spark our play,” Bluem said.