On Sunday, OSUFC traveled down to the University of Cincinnati to take on league rivals UC. After a tough fight, the Buckeyes came from behind to win 3-2.
The first 10 minutes of the match belonged to the Bearcats who came out with a strong start. About 15 minutes in Mike McKune slipped one by the UC keeper to put OSUFC up 1-0. Later in the half UC crossed a ball across the box that was put away by a Cincinnati forward into the upper corner. The half ended 1-1 as play leveled out and both defenses played well. The second half continued the physical battle and technical battle in the middle of the field. With 20 minutes remaining UC put away a scrappy ball that bounced around the box to take the lead 2-1. Not giving up, OSU continued to throw everything at the Bearcats. With some outstanding play from the likes of McKune, Niko Strickler, Nevin Anandika, Samuel Agranoff, Nate Meizlish, Jared Gerlacher and Brock Hersch in the midfield, the Buckeyes took control of the game. With less than 10 minutes to play Niko Strickler rose above the Cincinnati defense to power home a header to level the game at 2. The UC defense stopped a few more Ohio State chances to bring the game down to extra time. It looked like the game would end in a draw, but the resilience of the Buckeyes overcame. Stefan Scheele put the game winner away in the 93rd minute of play and the OSU bench erupted. The final whistle was blown 2 minutes later and OSUFC secured the 3-2 victory. As the first big test for Ohio State this season, the resiliency to fight through a physical game and to come from behind prepares the team well for a hopeful post-season run.
The second match of the day was eventually canceled due to a Kent State University forfeit, which by rule, gave OSUFC a 3-0 victory. The team left the University of Cincinnati with 19 points in the NIRSA standings and has risen to second place in the league with 2 games to play. OSUFC takes on Ohio University in a rescheduled game this Thursday at 8:45 pm for the final home game of the season. Then, on Sunday, October 16th the team will travel to Miami University to play the Redhawks in the final game of the regular season.