Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, November 20, 2014
It?s going to be hard to believe what took place on Nov. 20, 2014, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
In the first-round match of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men?s Soccer Tournament, the Ohio State men?s soccer team advanced past Akron in a 1-1 double overtime tie after a 15-round (13-12, OSU wins) finish on penalty kicks at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field in Columbus.
?I?ve never been involved in a penalty kick situation that lasted that long,? Ohio State coach John Bluem said. ?With it being as cold as it was, we were all freezing and we all just wanted it to be over. Our guys were just remarkable.?
On the 30th penalty attempt of the session, junior co-captain midfielder Zach Mason sent in the eventual gamewinner while senior co-captain goalkeeper Alex Ivanov made three saves during the never-ending PK marathon to advance the Scarlet and Gray to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2008 season.
The Buckeyes (9-7-5) will now travel to face No. 1 seed Notre Dame (11-4-4) in the second round at 7 p.m. ET Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
Read the complete recap at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.