Men's Soccer Final Release
Dec. 21, 2007
Ohio State's National Championship run came to a close after a slim 2-1 defeat in the NCAA title game. OSU claimed national runner-up honors, thus concluding the 2007 soccer season. The Buckeyes compiled their best season in school history breaking numerous records, including a program-best 17 wins.
Navigating Ohio State's success this season was first-team All-Americans Xavier Balc and Eric Brunner. Balc racked up 14 assists this season and totaled 35 for his career, ranking him first at OSU all-time in the category. Brunner led a tenacious Buckeye defense which paced all conference teams with 15 shutouts.
Indiana's Brad Ring and Northwestern's David Roth were honored with second team All-American status. Ring aided the storied Hoosier program into their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance. After finishing the season ranked ninth in the polls and racking up a 12th Big Ten Championship, Indiana dropped a second-round contest to Bradley. Roth helped Northwestern to its third post-season in four years. He tallied 19 total points (6 goals, 7 assists) this season, placing him third in the conference. The Wildcats suffered a second-round loss to city rival Illinois-Chicago by a 2-0 margin.
In all the Big Ten fielded four teams in the NCAA Tournament, the final squad being Michigan State . The Spartans returned to NCAA action after a two-year hiatus but fell in round one to Oakland. MSU now ranks second in the conference in total NCAA appearances with 11.