Around the Oval: Men's Soccer Will Never Allow a Goal Again and Volleyball Starts 2-0 in Big Ten Play

By Jimmy Longo on September 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Parker Siegfried
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Before and after Ohio State was dumping UNLV Saturday, other Ohio State sports were doing the same.

Men's Soccer gets 6th straight Shutout

The Ohio State men's soccer team may never give up a goal again.

Paced by a penalty kick from Abdi Mohammed and the continued perfect play of goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, the Buckeyes defeated Bowling Green 1-0 Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The sixth straight shutout sets a new program record for the statistic.

"I'm very proud of our defensive effort again, because it was a defensive struggle tonight," coach John Bluem said. "Parker played a good game. This season he hasn't had to do a lot in our other games, but tonight he was very busy."

The Falcons had 10 shots with five of them being on goal against Siegfried.

The No. 25-ranked Buckeyes will make their next attempt at another shutout Tuesday night against Detroit Mercy at home.

WVB improves to 2-0 with Upset at No. 13 Purdue

Capping off a fourth straight win for the women's volleyball team, Ohio State went into West Lafayette and upset No. 13 Purdue after opening up Big Ten play with a win at home against Maryland. 

Beating Maryland in straight sets 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 Wednesday night, the Buckeyes were led in hitting by Luisa Schirmer, who totaled 13 kills for the match.

Ohio State also got its usual steady performance from Taylor Hughes, who dished 31 assists and chipped in seven digs.

Ashley Wenz and Madison Smeathers also contributed to the attack, totaling 10 and eight kills each.

Buckeyes Stop the Boiler Train

Swinging the momentum in from Wednesday night's Big Ten opener, the volleyball team strung together a huge performance in their road win over No. 13 Purdue Saturday.

The Buckeyes did some real damage against the Boilermakers, as Schirmer knocked down a career-high 25 kills while sophomore Smeathers added in another 16. Not too shabby for the senior and sophomore.

Winning the match in four sets (25-19, 25-22, 32-34, 25-23), a wild third set up almost saw the Buckeyes sweep in straight sets. At 25 points, no team was within two, and it took 16 points over both teams for the set to be decided in favor of Purdue.

Not letting the set compound into the match, Ohio State grinded out the fourth set for the win, going back and forth with Purdue with no one able to gain a sizable advantage as the score got to 22-all. 

From there, Ashley Wenz and Lauren Witte both got blocks to push the score to 24, and Schrimer got a kill to cap off the night.

The Buckeyes continue their Big Ten road experience Friday at No. 20 Michigan. 

Women's Soccer Gets two B1G Wins on the road

This week the women's soccer team had a pair of impressive road ones, stopping in Lincoln to collect a 1-0 win at Nebraska before stopping in Iowa City on the way home for a 2-0 win over Iowa. 

The decider in the Nebraska matchup came early for the Buckeyes as Sammy Edwards scored off a couple bounces off a corner kick in back left of the net from inside the box.

The rest of the way, Ohio State would need to be able to shore up the defense and hone in on the match in front of them with the target on their back. 

Nebraska outshot Ohio State 18-8, though the defense held and the Buckeyes got out of Lincoln with the win. 

Buckeyes Cap off Weekend By Beating Iowa

Two days after escaping Lincoln with a 1-0 win, women's soccer stopped in Iowa City on Sunday and came away with a 2-0 win to improve to 8-2-1 on the season.

Ohio State got the lead from a glancer off a free kick, as Nikki Walts assisted on the goal scored by Morgan Wolcott.

The goal scored in the 56th minute broken open the drought for both teams, though only OSU would capitalize on the opportunity.

After clanging one off the crossbar in the 23rd minute, Sammy Edwards would make amends for the missed chance. After a pass intended for Maddie Lowe was cut off by an Iowa defender, Edwards followed the cut-off and put the insurance goal in the back of the net to effectively seal the win with 14:40 left for the Buckeyes.

After the road trip, Ohio State will next host Penn St. Saturday night at 6 p.m.

"Getting two wins on the road in one weekend in the Big Ten is extremely difficult," coach Lori Walker-Hock said. "I'm really proud of our team for gutting it out."

Men's Golf finishes 6th at Inverness

Riding the performances of Daniel Wetterwich and Caden Orewiler, the men's golf team finished 6th out of 13 teams at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, OH.

Wetterich finished top overall for the Buckeyes, shooting a 5-under over the duration of the 36 holes for 4th. The final round was rained out due to heavy storms in the area.

Orewiler finished tied for 25th, bringing in two solid rounds of 71 and 72 to finish 2-over for the tournament. 

Rounding up the scorecard for the Buckeyes was Will Grimmer finishing T31(70-74), Caleb Ramirez (T54, 76-72) and Jeg Coughlin III (T82, 75-79).

Justin Wick tied for 54th with Ramirez while competing as an individual. Ohio State will next compete at the Bearcat Invitational this afternoon and tomorrow at the Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati, OH.

Women's Golf takes third in Wisconsin

Riding the back of Niki Schroeder and co-medalist Jaclyn Lee, Ohio State finished third at the East & West Matchplay Challenge in Verona, Wisc.

The third place finish for the Buckeyes was sealed when Schroeder defeated Oregon's Kelsey Ulep on the second playoff hole. It was a nice comeback for the junior, who had been trailing through 10 holes in the match.

Jaclyn Lee's efforts with a 7-under 70-67 after the 36 holes did enough to name her co-Big Ten golfer of the week. 

Also chipping in for the Buckeyes was Alex Wright, who contributed two wins for the tournament as well.

Ohio State will next compete in the Windy City Collegiate, October 2-3 in Chicago.

Field Hockey drops two ot games

After getting out to a 3-1 start to begin the season, Ohio State field hockey has lost four of their last five — accentuated by two heart-breaking losses to Michigan in overtime and Michigan State in a shootout.

The Michigan loss came on Friday afternoon at home. Ohio State played the ninth-ranked Wolverines to a scoreless draw through the regulation thanks to a bevy of saves from senior goalie Liz Tamburro. Though when it mattered, Michigan goat a goal from Emma Way to end the game for the Wolverines. 

Buckeyes Suffer Another Tough One

If losing to Michigan at home in overtime wasn't enough, the loss to Michigan State certainly was.

Sunday afternoon after 100 minutes of regulation and overtime play, Ohio State was tasked with a shootout. It's a rarity in field hockey — OSU hadn't played in once since 2013.

Each team received five attempts to score as many goals as they could. Both Michigan State and Ohio State scored two of five, sending the game into sudden death. 

Maartje Bongers — who scored one of the two OSU shootout goals — was tasked with a do-or-die moment for the Buckeyes after a MSU goal in the seventh round. Alas, she was denied at the goal by Spartan goalie Katie Miller, giving Michigan State the 3-2 win.

The week ahead

  • Men's Golf: 9/25-26 at Bearcat Invitational; 10/1-10/3 @ Nike Collegiate Invitational
  • Men's Soccer: 9/26 v. Detroit Mercy, 7 p.m.; 10/1 @ Michigan St., 3 p.m.
  • Women's Ice Hockey: 9/26 v. South Korean Olympic Team, 7:07 p.m.; 9/29 v. RPI, 6:07 p.m.; 9/30 v. RPI, 3:07 p.m.
  • Cross Country: 9/29 @ Joe Piane Invite in South Bend, IN 4:30 p.m.
  • Men's Hockey: 9/30 v. Ryerson, 4 p.m.
  • Softball: 9/29 Scarlet v. Gray, 6 p.m.; 9/30 v. Miami (OH) 12:45 p.m.; 10/1 v. Toledo, 9:30 a.m., v. Eastern Michigan, 11:45 a.m.
  • Women's Volleyball: 9/29 at Michigan, 7 p.m.; 9/30 at Michigan St., 8 p.m.
  • Women's Soccer: 9/30 v. Penn St., 6 p.m.
  • Men's Tennis: 9/30 @ ITA All-American Championship, Tulsa, OK, all day
  • Rifle: 9/30 @ West Virginia, all day
  • Fencing: 9/30-10/1, OSU Open, all day
  • Field Hockey: 9/30 @ Stanford, 12 p.m.; 10/1 @ UC Davis, 1 p.m.
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