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Ohio State men’s soccer topples Indiana in overtime

OSU senior forward Kenny Cunningham (19) celbrates after a goal during a game agaisnt Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1.  Credit: Ed Momot / For The Lantern

OSU senior forward Kenny Cunningham (19) celbrates after a goal during a game agaisnt Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1.
Credit: Ed Momot / For The Lantern

Senior defender Liam Doyle converted a penalty kick in overtime, extending the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s unbeaten streak to seven with a 1-0 victory at Indiana.

The Buckeyes improved to 6-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Hoosiers fell to 7-4-1 on the season and 1-3-0 in Big Ten conference action.

The Hoosiers came out strong as they immediately took charge of the game.

By the 12th minute in the first half, shots were 2-0 Indiana.

The Hoosiers continued to pile up offense, but OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer came across with two saves in the 17th minute to prevent the Hoosiers from putting a point on the board.

In the 21st minute Indiana earned a corner kick, but Froschauer blocked the corner attempt keeping the game scoreless.

The Hoosiers came close to scoring in the 29th minute when a shot hit off the post in a one-on-one break.

Froschauer gained his fifth save of the game in the 30th minute after a diving save to keep the Indiana off the board.

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen tried to get it going for the Buckeyes when he attempted a header near post off a free kick. However, Indiana’s junior goalkeeper Colin Webb was able to save it.

The final action of the first half came from the Buckeyes when OSU earned its first corner kick of the night in the 38th minute, but the kick was knocked away leaving the score at 0-0 heading into the second half.

After a scoreless first half, both teams began the second frame looking to break the game open.

In the 52nd minute, OSU earned another free kick that was taken by OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle. His shot barely missed sophomore forward Marcus McCrary in front of the net.

The Hoosiers went for a shot attempt in the 61st minute, but Froschauer came up with another diving stop to keep the game scoreless.

In the 73rd minute, Doyle took another free kick for the Buckeyes but Webb denied the attempt, keeping his clean sheet intact for the time being.

McCrary fired another shot from a distance in the 85th minute, but his shot went wide of the net.

The final five minutes of play resulted neither team finding the back of the net, sending the match to overtime.

Neither team could manage to score as it headed into the final three minutes of overtime.

In the last three minutes of the game, the Hoosiers earned a yellow card, giving the Buckeyes an opportunity for a penalty kick.

Doyle made that opportunity count, finding the back of the net to win the game for the Buckeyes.

Overall shots were 18-4 in favor of the Hoosiers, with a 6-2 lead in corner kicks.

Froschauer had a season-high seven saves and improved to 6-4-2 on the season.

The Buckeyes will continue on the road against Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Lexington, Kentucky.

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