Nov. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's soccer team concluded its season with a 2-0 loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten quarterfinals Wednesday night at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The seventh-seeded Buckeyes end the year with a 6-10-3 record, while the No. 2 seed Wildcats advance to the conference semis with an 11-4-4 overall mark.
Ohio State held Northwestern scoreless for the final 78-plus minutes of regulation, but two early goals created a gap the Buckeyes were unable to overcome. Kyle Schickel and Joey Calistri accounted for the scores within the opening 12 minutes.
"We just did not get off to a good start," John Bluem, 16-year Ohio State head coach, said. "To go down two goals 12 minutes into the game to a quality team like Northwestern, it's hard to come back from that."
The first score started on Grant Wilson free kick from the left side that Schickel was able to one-touch into the bottom right under six minutes into the match. Just over five minutes later, the Wildcats made it a two-goal game when Schickel took over the assist role, playing a through-ball to Calistri who beat Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Wimmer 1v1 and finished it off into an open goal.
The Buckeyes pieced together a few opportunities before the intermission and came out a touch stronger in the second half, but their efforts were fruitless. Among the better chances were an Alec Lowell attempt in 69th minute, Ohio State's only shot on goal in the match, and a blast from Louie Berra in the 80th minute that sailed wide left
"We didn't produce much in the attack," Bluem said. "They were faster, more physical and we just couldn't keep up with them."
Shots were tied at 11 apiece, with the Buckeyes cranking out a 7-5 advantage in the second half, and each team took one corner kick. Wimmer made just one save, but came up with a handful of stellar defensive plays in the second period.
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