Ohio State wins soccer game after 15 rounds of penalty kicks

Friday November 21st, 2014

Thursday night's first-round match between Ohio State and Akron in the NCAA men's soccer tournament was tied 1-1 after the full 90 minutes. Soccer games end in ties all the time, but you need a winner in the playoffs. The game couldn't be decided in extra time, so it went to a penalty shootout, which went 15 rounds

An NCAA spokesman wasn't sure if the game set a record for longest shootout but it has to be close, at least.

"With it being as cold as it was, we were all freezing and we all just wanted it to be over," Ohio State head coach John Bluem said, according to NCAA.com

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Buckeyes junior midfielder Zach Mason was the hero, sending his kick past a diving goalkeeper to end everyone's misery. 

“Soccer’s a cruel game sometimes,” Akron senior midfielder Clint Caso told the Akron Beacon-Journal.

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