Oct. 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Austin McAnena and Alec Lowelleach scored for the Ohio State men's soccer team as it blanked Bowling Green, 2-0, Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win snapped a two-game losing skid and gave the Buckeyes a 5-7-1 record on the season, while the Falcons fell to 4-6-2.
Chris Hegngi tallied assists on both of the scores, moving into a tie for the team lead in helpers with three. This was the first shutout of the year for the Buckeyes, who allowed 1.46 goals per game heading into the match. OSU goalkeeper Alex Wimmerearned the clean sheet between the pipes, which was the first of his career and the first for the team since Oct. 30, 2011, a span of 14 games.
"It was a very good all-around performance by the guys tonight," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. "They worked hard for this and wanted it very badly ... Much better effort today. The guys realize last game wasn't our best. They came back, they wanted to do well and they have a good attitude."
The majority of the opening half of the first period was played in the midfield as neither team registered a shot for the initial 26-plus minutes of action. The first attempt was a fruitful one, however, as the Buckeyes put themselves on the board towards the end of the 27th minute with McAnena's score.
From near the end line, Hegngi sent a pass to McAnena towards the middle of the penalty area and the senior captain was able to re-direct it into the far right side of the goal for his team-leading fourth tally of the year.
This gave Buckeyes the lead coming out of the half for the third time this season and they were able to add to it after roughly 35 minutes of back-and-forth play. Hegngi helped Lowell to his second goal of the season by knocking an outlet pass towards the right side of the field. The sophomore midfielder launched a shot from 20 yards into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead in the 80th minute.
"Getting the first shutout of the season was great and it was great for the team," Wimmer said after the blanking. "It gives us a lot of confidence going up against Northwestern this week ... Tonight, we came out to play. Hats off to the defense and we played two great goals."
Bowling Green picked up its pace in the second half, producing five shots and forcing Wimmer to make three of his four saves on the night. Ohio State out-worked the Falcons though, tallying up an 11-7 advantage in shots and 6-3 margin in corners.
Next up, Northwestern will host the Buckeyes at noon CT (1 p.m. ET) Sunday in a BTN-televised match from Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll this week, are 8-2-2 overall and undefeated in the Big Ten after two games. They defeated No. 7 Notre Dame, 2-1, Tuesday night on their home turf.