Ohio State Prevails in Penalty Kicks to Win Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship




Nov. 8, 2007

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    Championship Game

    Ohio State 0, Indiana 0 (OSU wins championship on PKs, 5-4): When you put two of the best teams together, it usually takes a long time to decide the winner. That was just the case when Ohio State and Indiana faced off in Sunday's Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship.

    After regulation, two overtimes, a shootout and sudden-death at Old College Field in East Lansing, Ohio State claimed a 5-4 shootout advantage to avenge last year's championship loss to Indiana.

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    Semifinal Games

    Ohio State 1, Northwestern 0:The same formula that worked Thursday worked once again for the Ohio State Buckeyes in Friday's semifinal match against Northwestern.

    Xavier Balc scored and Casey Latchem made big-time saves to lead the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Tournament title game with a 1-0 victory over Northwestern at Old College Field in East Lansing.

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    Indiana 1, Michigan State 0: Indiana will play in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game for the second straight season after it posted a 1-0 victory over Michigan State in a semifinal match Friday at Old College Field in East Lansing Mich.

    The top-seeded Hoosiers will face second-seeded Ohio State in the title game at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday. Indiana bested Ohio State, 1-0, in last year's Big Ten Tournament title match.

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    First Round Games

     

     

    Northwestern 3, Wisconsin 1: No. 14 Northwestern defeated Wisconsin 3-1 Thursday morning in the first quarterfinal of the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship at Michigan State's Old College Field.

    David Roth led the way for the Wildcats (12-3-4), scoring two goals on his only two shots. Mark Blades also added a goal and an assist.

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    Ohio State 1, Michigan 0: No. 2 seed Ohio State got just enough scoring to eliminate No. 7 seed Michigan from the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 victory in the first round Thursday.

    Senior forward Xavier Balc scored the only goal of the game.

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    Michigan State 0, Penn State 0 (2OT, MSU advances on PKs, 4-3): If there was ever a game where defense mattered, this was the one.

    Tied 0-0 after regulation of their first-round game of the 2007 Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship, Michigan State and Penn State went into overtime.

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