(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
This young men have a very good reason to be excited.
Ohio State overcame a deluge of rain and a deluge of Spartan shots to upset nationally 8th ranked Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. After an hour weather delay the team took to the pitch for a match in soggy conditions. The field conditions may have actually played to the strength of the defensive minded Buckeyes, since they won 2-1.
This game was played at a fairly frenetic pace by the Spartans. Within the first seven minutes they had three shots, but nothing to show for them. Michael Prosuk put the Buckeyes on the board with a goal at the 7:37 mark on OSU’s first shot attempt. Abdi Mohamed scored at the 41:40 mark to give Ohio State it’s second goal and a 2-0. This was only Ohio State’s third shot of the game. I guess if you’re not going to be prolific, at least be proficient. The other two shots of the first period were by Nate Kohl at 26:56 and 43:52, both shots being wide.
The 2nd period was all MSU in terms of what offense could be mustered. Of MSU’s 12 2nd period shots, a shot by John Freitag at the 49:29 mark would be the only scoring for the period. The Spartans almost got their 2nd goal at the 89:33 mark (:27 remaining in the match) but it bounced off the goal post. Whew. Oho State had no shots in the 2nd period, which explains why they didn’t score.
Michigan State out-shot Ohio State 20-5. The Spartans had 6 shots on goal and the Buckeyes had 3 shots on goal.
Goalie Parker Siegfried had a busy afternoon. Although he did give up the goal, he came up with 5 saves. He did get some help from his team mates since they blocked 5 Spartan shots. Michigan State was also somewhat complicit, being high/wide on 9 shots.
The Buckeyes mustered 5 shots for the game, but were efficient with them. . Nate Kohl had 2 shots, Michael Prosuk had 1 shot, 1 goal, Abdi Mohamed had 1 shot, 1 goal and Mitch Bergman 1 shot (on goal). As a side note, all five Ohio State shots were in the 1st period.
Ohio State’s (8-9-1, 3-5-0) next match is Friday, November 10th versus #2 seeded Indiana (14-0-4, 5-0-3) at Westfield, IN.
The Buckeyes and Spartans met on October 15th in Bloomington, IN and Indiana won 2-0. Clearly, the Buckeyes have a score to settle, and tournament time is a good time to settle accounts. Click here for the B1G Tournament bracket.