ROCHESTER, Mich. – Despite controlling possession for the majority of the match, the No. 17 Ohio State men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, at Oakland Tuesday night at Oakland Soccer Field. The Buckeyes had several great looks at goal throughout the 90 minutes of play, including two strikes that went off the crossbar, but fall to 7-4-1 overall in 2017. The Golden Grizzlies improve to 5-8-0 overall this fall.
ON THE ATTACK IN THE FIRST HALF, BUT NO GOAL
Ohio State’s speed and strength pressured the Oakland blackline early on, but couldn’t find the first goal vs. the Golden Grizzlies. Abdi Mohamed had a free kick chance just outside the box in the ninth minute, but his strike was denied by goalkeeper Wes Mink at 9:17. Nate Kohl made his physical presence felt early on too. He came up with the rebound off Mohamed’s strike but his bicycle attempt was saved in front of goal by Mink. In the 28th minute, Joshua Jackson-Ketchup connected on a ball after a run down the right side, but his right-footed strike was denied by a last-second dive by an Oakland defender. Alex Nichols hammered two shots from distance in the first half, including one that just went wide of frame in the 18th minute. Mohamed had a second free kick chance late in the half, but his attempt was flicked on by Michael Prosuk and easily saved at the far post by Mink. At half, shots were 10-4 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, including a 3-1 lead in corners. Mink made five first-half saves vs. the Scarlet and Gray.
OAKLAND SCORES LONE GOAL
The Golden Grizzlies went against the run of play in the 31st minute to take a 1-0 lead when Nebojsa Popvic sent a sliding through ball through midfield to Alec Green, who buried a shot from the top of the box into the back left of net at 30:54 to give the home squad the lone goal of the match.
MOHAMED MISSES PK IN THE 32ND
Just seconds after the Oakland goal, Mohamed was rewarded a penalty kick in the 32nd minute after Prosuk was fouled inside the penalty area from the left wing. However, the junior midfielder’s strike rattled off the crossbar at 31:46 to keep the 1-0 deficit.
OPEN NET IN THE 54TH BUT DENIED
The Buckeyes continued to dominate possession to start the second half highlighted by an open look at goal by Nichols in the 54th minute. He made a quick touch from the left wing to pass by Mink, who came off his line to the top of box, but the junior midfielder passed it over to Jackson-Ketchup and an Oakland defender made a diving clear to take away the Buckeye chance.
NO LUCK IN THE SECOND HALF
Despite controlling the majority of possession, the Buckeyes were not able to find an equalizer. In the 81st minute off a Mohamed free kick, his curling service just missed the foot of Jack Holland who made a sprint to the far post. In the 84th, Adrian Ramos ripped a shot from distance, but it sailed just high over the bar. Ohio State’s best shot for an equalizer came in the 88th minute when the Golden Grizzlies gave the Buckeyes space through midfield. Nichols collected and took a rip from the top of the 18, but his shot deflected right off the cross bar to keep it 1-0. A last-second corner by the Scarlet and Gray was cleared out in the 90th.
SHOTS: Ohio State 14, Oakland 10
CORNERS: Ohio State 4, Oakland 4
SAVES: Oakland 5, Ohio State 3
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