Nov. 5, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ohio State men's soccer team concluded the regular season with a 1-0 setback to ninth-ranked Indiana Saturday afternoon at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes, who drop to 10-6-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the Big Ten with the loss, now await the results from the other conference games today for final standings and league tournament seedings.
Indiana extends its unbeaten streak to seven games and improves to 11-3-4 on the season and 3-2-1 in the conference. The deciding goal came with just 14 seconds to play in the first half when Nikita Kotlov found the back of the net with his sixth of the season.
"It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright, but it was definitely a difficult task at hand," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. "I think Indiana is probably the best team in the league and they played well today. It was tough to mentally come back from the goal late in the first half, but I think our team stuck with it and produced some good chances in the second half."
The Hoosiers came out firing from the get-go with Matt Lampson picking up his first big save less than two minutes into action and a second in the sixth minute when he snagged a header produced from point-blank range. The back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week earned a third stop in the 41st minute off a shot by Kotlov, but would not be so lucky four and a half minutes later when Matt McKain lofted a ball into the box from the right wing. Kotlov got on the end of it, taking a hard shot to the lower right from close range that snuck under the last line of defense.
Ohio State came out of the intermission ready to erase the deficit, but was unable to produce despite the nine-shot outburst. Chris Hegngi, Parnell Hegngi and Kenny Cunningham each produced a trio of shots in the period, with Chris placing a pair on goal. In spite of the offensive surge, the Buckeyes fell in their first shutout loss since a 1-0 loss to No. 5 Louisville Sept. 25.
Lampson ended the day with five saves, while his counterpart Luis Soffner came up with two. The teams finished tied in shots 11-11, though Ohio State posted a 9-4 margin in the second half, while Indiana held a 7-4 corner kick advantage.
The Big Ten Tournament will begin Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich., hosted by Michigan. Stay tuned for seeding and complete information. The Buckeyes will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, pending the Northwestern vs. Michigan result.