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Penalty kicks give Buckeyes the boot from Big Ten Tournament

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The No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s soccer team left the Big Ten Tournament Thursday, falling to the seventh-seeded Wisconsin Badgers after playing to a scoreless draw and losing 5-4 in penalty kicks in University Park, Pa.

On the heels of beating the conference champion Indiana Hoosiers last Sunday, the Buckeyes thought they had as good a chance as any team to take home the tournament title. But Thursday’s defeat is another example of the defense-minded Buckeyes struggling to score when they need to.

“There’s no question that we had plenty of opportunities to win today,” head coach John Bluem said in an announcement on the team’s website. “But we just didn’t have what it took to score against one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten right now.”

Despite its early season struggles, Wisconsin built momentum with four wins in its last five games. After beating the Buckeyes in the first round of the tournament, the Badgers fell to Michigan 1-0 on Friday.

OSU lost, despite winning the shot battle 30-5, including nine shots in two overtime periods.

The Buckeyes’ NCAA Tournament selection will be Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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