Senior goalkeeper did not allow a goal in three games at Big Ten Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio College Soccer News has named Casey Latchem, Ohio State’s senior goalkeeper, as its national player of the week. The OSU tri-captain also has been named to the Soccer America national team of the week after his performance last weekend at the Big Ten Championship, where he did not allow a goal in three games and was named the most valuable defensive player of the championship
Latchem, a Perrysburg, Ohio, native, saved three penalty kicks in the Buckeyes’ 5-4 shootout win Sunday in the title game against Indiana. He and has allowed only three goals in the Buckeyes’ current 11-game unbeaten streak (8-0-3), which has moved Ohio State to 13-3-5 overall.
In collecting the clean sheet Sunday, Latchem established school records for shutouts in a season with 12 and career shutouts with 24.
With their win over the Hoosiers Sunday, the Buckeyes claimed their second Big Ten title (2000) and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, which announces its 48-team field next Monday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
Latchem had four saves in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Michigan last Thursday and six saves in a 1-0 semifinal win over No. 14 Northwestern Friday. He collected five saves against No. 9 Indiana Sunday and came up with three saves in the shootout session to give the Buckeyes a chance to covert the game-winner.
Ohio State is ranked No. 14 in each of the national polls this week and checked in at No. 4 in the national Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Tuesday, which is the main indicator used to determine selection and seeding for the NCAA Championship.
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