(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
A great photo, above.
Ohio State (6-1, 3-0) extended their winning streak with a 1-0 win over Rutgers Sunday afternoon. his is the Buckeyes 5th straight win and their 5th consecutive shutout. The shutout ties the program record with consecutive shutouts.
The teams were scoreless for a period and a half until Abdi Mohamed scored on a penalty kick goal to give Ohio State the 1-0 lead. Thanks to OSU’s defense, this is all that Ohio State needed to get the win.
Although Ohio State scored only one goal, this was a very good offensive day for two reasons. First. Abdi is clearly the nexus of this offense. He leads the team in shots and assists for the season.. Against Rutgers, he finally got his first goal.
The other reason is Ohio State’s persistence in shooting. Their 17 shots are a season high for them, and the Buckeyes needed every shot. The Buckeyes were unsuccessful in their first 14 shots, but finally scored on their 15th shot. Persistence pays off.
Goalie Parker Siegfried, and the Ohio State defense, had another stellar day with their 5th consecutive shutout, their 6th of the season. The Scarlet Knights had their season average in shots (9 vs 10) had only 2 shots on goal vs season average of 4 on goal. The Buckeye defense came up with 3 blocks.
With a .43 goals against/game, if this were hockey, Siegfried would be a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy.
Against Rutgers, several players took multiple shots for Ohio State. As you can guess, Abdi Mohamed led the way with 5 shots with 4 being on goal. Next up was Nate Kohl with (4, 2), Brady Blackwell (2,1) and Hunter Robertson (2,0).
Ohio State hosts Bowling Green on Friday, September 22nd. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET and can be seen on BTN Plus. I also suggest to go to the game. It’s much more exciting in person.
Bowling Green (5-2) is averaging 1.7 goals on 12 shots per game, scoring at a shot % of 14.5%. The Falcons have a higher scoring average, shots per game and shot % than Ohio State (1.43, 11, 13.3%), so this will not be a pushover.