Danny Jansen made sure seniors on the Ohio State men’s soccer team will remember their final home game for a long time.
The freshman forward scored a goal from the far post late in the second overtime to lead the Buckeyes to a 1-0 win over No. 9 Penn State at Wolstein Field this past Saturday.
The win snapped the Nittany Lions unbeaten run through the Big Ten and provided a bright spot in what has been an otherwise pedestrian season for OSU.
With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 5-6-5 overall and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions fall to 11-4-1 and 5-1-0. Ohio State extends its unbeaten streak to five matches heading into the final week of the regular season.
Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., collected a cross by junior midfielder Max Moller on the far side and beat the PSU center back to the far post, blasting his third goal of the year into the top right of the net.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, the Big Ten defensive player of the week, recorded his eighth shutout in 15 games and has not allowed a goal in 423:47 minutes of play, dating back to Oct. 13 at Michigan State. With his five saves, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem for seventh on the OSU single-season saves list.
The Buckeyes will conclude the regular season at Wisconsin Nov. 8 before hosting the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13-17.
Pistol team wins again
The Ohio State pistol team tallied an aggregate score of 6,301 to defeat The Citadel (5,930) and VMI (5,674) last Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.
The Buckeyes claimed the top two individual finishes in every event, and swept competition in open air pistol, open free pistol and women’s sport pistol.
Senior Jason Reineck led the way for the Buckeyes in free pistol, posting a score of 504 to claim first place ahead of classmate Joe Totts (501) and freshman Quentin Cauffman (501). Senior A.J. Tourigny scored a 489 to help OSU to a score of 1,995.
Totts and senior Kim Hullings led Ohio State in open standard pistol, each tallying a score of 543 to tie for first. Cauffman placed fourth with a 526, while junior Greyson McCaig placed fifth with a 519 for the Buckeyes who notched a 2,131 score.
Ohio State earned the top six finishes in open air pistol (60 rounds), with freshman Seth Bearjar claiming his first individual win after shooting a 555. Totts placed second with a 548 and Tourigny third with a 545 to round out the top three. Cauffman and Reineck both shot a 541 to contribute to the overall score of 2,175.
In women’s competition, the Buckeyes claimed the top two spots in air pistol (40 rounds) as freshman Elizabeth Szalajko scored a 364 to finish in first place and Hullings a 357 to place second. Senior Mariah Skiles fired a 345 to round out team scoring (1,045) for the Buckeyes.
In women’s sport pistol, Hullings recorded a 551, followed by Skiles who shot a 526 and freshman Elizabeth Buerling who earned a 522. Ohio State tallied a team score of 1,599. Ohio State took first place overall in women’s competition with an aggregate of 2,644.
Women’s soccer falls in season finale
The Ohio State women’s soccer team wrapped up the regular season with a 2-0 loss at No. 8 Michigan last Saturday. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 10-6-3, 4-5-2 in Big Ten play.
The Buckeyes failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament next weekend in Champaign, Ill., and will wait to see if they will make it to the post season tournament. That will be announced on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
Thinclads run at conference meet
Fueled by top-10 finishes from juniors Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers, the Ohio State women’s cross country team placed fifth overall at the Big 10 conference meet at Purdue, the squad’s best finish at the conference meet in 29 years.
Ohio State finished with a score of 157, edging Indiana and Wisconsin by one point. The team finish is the highest for the Buckeyes since a fourth-place finish in 1984, while its 157 cumulative point total is the best since 1986. No. 6 Michigan State won the team title with 43 points.
The men’s cross country team finished eighth for the second-consecutive season, with a score of 182. No. 24 Indiana took home the championship with a score of 51.
Thomas and Borchers finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in times of 21:04.1 and 21:07.2, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process. The duo joins Maureen Cogan (1984) and Kathryn Monard (1986) as the only first-team selections in school history.
Sophomore Nick Pupino was the top male Buckeye runner on the day, finishing 28th overall with a time of 25:05.2. Also scoring for Ohio State were sophomores Brian Hannaford (30th, 25:09.3), Curtis Hanle (40, 25:19.8), Jordan Redd (43, 25:23.0) and redshirt sophomore Michael Brajdic (49, 25:27.4).
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded its time at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas last week in ninth, carding an 8-over 1073 overall score at the 6-count-5 tournament. Freshman Frederik Hammer recorded the lowest total for the Buckeyes with a 4-under 209 for 15th-place on the par 71, 7,068-yard course at the Royal Oaks Country Club.
In the third round of play, Hammer carded a 2-under 69 with four birdies. A native of Rungsted, Denmark, Hammer finished two of the three rounds under par and even drained in an eagle during the second.
The No. 28 women’s team closed out its fall campaign at the Landfall Tradition Sunday, carding a 19-over 307 on the final day. The Buckeyes finished the three-day tournament tied for 11th with a 60-over 924 on the par 72, 6,997-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.
Ohio State freshman Jessica Porvasnik tied for 27th overall with a score of 12-over 228.
Women’s tennis wins 21 matches at Tennessee
The OSU women’s tennis team was at the Tennessee Fall Invite Sunday and combined for 13 singles and eight doubles wins.
Sandy Niehaus, Miho Kowase and Noelle Malley went 3-0 against opponents in singles competition, while the Buckeye duo of Ferny Angeles Paz and Malley and the pair of Grainne O’Neill and Niehaus posted a 3-0 record in doubles.
Freshman Gabriella De Santis collected her first singles victory againast a ranked opponent, defeating No. 45 Joelle Kissel of NC State , 6-3, 6-1,