AKRON, Ohio – Matt Tutich scored with five seconds remaining in the second overtime period as fifth-seeded Akron defeated the Ohio State men’s soccer team, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Wednesday on the campus of St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School. The loss ends the Buckeyes’ season with a 9-9-3 record, while the Zips advance to face Northwestern Sunday with a 17-1-4 mark.
The game was rescheduled from Tuesday night due to unplayable field conditions on Akron’s home turf at Lee Jackson Field.
Tutich talled his sixth goal of the season at 109:55 off a header from 10 yards out following a free kick by Ben Zemanski.
Ohio State’s defense and goalkeeper Drew Czekanski kept the Buckeyes in the game until the end. Czekanski stopped six crucial shots and defenders Patrick Roan, Jordan Lomnicki, Tim Gabel and Dave Tiemstra each made some key defensive clears to limit Akron’s time in the box.
The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-9 on the day and trailed in corner kicks 7-4. Sam Scales posted three of Ohio State’s shots, including one in the first overtime that sailed just high.
Stayed tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for the men’s soccer team’s spring schedule, highlighted by the eighth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game against the reigning Major League Soccer champion Columbus Crew in April.