Sept. 10, 2006
The ninth ranked USF Dons concluded play in the Penn State Classic with a 1-1 tie with Ohio State Sunday afternoon in University Park, Penn.
The Dons (4-0-1) opened the scoring when Aaron Chandler, the team's leading scorer the past two seasons, rifled a shot home from eight yards out past Buckeyes goalkeeper Casey Latcham. The play was set up when Jordan Keyes' long throw-in was headed to Chandler by Kevin Long. It was Chandler's first goal of the season.
Ohio State (1-3-2) equalized in the 78th minute when after the Dons failed to clear a loose ball in the penalty area. Ohio State forward Stephen Traeger blasted a low shot past Geremy Uhl after picking up loose ball in the box.
The goal by Ohio State stopped USF's streak of not allowing a score in the first 437 minutes of play this season, all but 90 of which were away from home.
"I felt that we played a little bit tired today," said head coach Erik Visser. "Maybe the early kickoff time threw us off. But we came East and got a win and a tie against two quality teams. We had chances today but failed to finish. That being said, Ohio State is a quality team that got to the NCAA final 16 last year. They are a hard-nosed hard-working group and played well enough to tie us."
Things get no easier for USF next weekend when they head south to play top regional contenders Cal State Northridge Friday afternoon and UCLA Sunday, both on the road.