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Buckeyes prepare for their first round contest Saturday at Oakland

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team begins play in the NCAA Tournament 1 p.m. Saturday in the first round at Oakland in Rochester, Mich. This is the Buckeyes’ sixth appearance in the postseason – all since the 2000 season and all under head coach John Bluem.

Bluem and junior Doug Verhoff sat down with the media Tuesday to preview the Buckeyes’ (9-8-2) match against the Golden Grizzlies (14-4-1).

On making the NCAA Tournament field as an at-large selection, Bluem said:

“We are very excited that we have been selected to the College Cup. As you know, the end of our season was made up of a series of losses where we lost four-consecutive games. I would point out that the four losses came against two of them to Indiana, who is the overall No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, one of those losses was to University of Michigan who is one of the Top 16 seeds and one of those losses was to Akron, who is the No. 4 seed.

So the level of competition at the end of our season was very, very good. All four of those games were one-goal losses that we were in every game with chances to win every game.

Regarding the tournament, again, we are excited that we did get selected. It is an opportunity for our team to move forward from the disappointment of losing the last four games and not advancing in the Big Ten Championship and show that we are a good team, that there is a lot of quality about us and that we’re excited to get back on the field again.”

Please click the audio and video links above for all of Bluem’s and Verhoff’s comments.