Men’s Soccer: Ohio State loses late to Northwestern 1-0

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Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Laurence Wootton (17) moves the ball down the field during the Ohio State-Northwestern game March 7. Ohio State won 4-2. Credit: Christian Harsa | Special Projects Director

Ohio State lost heartbreakingly to Northwestern 1-0 in Evanston, Illinois, after letting in a goal in the 86th minute Sunday.

The Buckeyes (4-5-1) couldn’t continue to build off the momentum from Wednesday’s victory against Bowling Green as they let in a late goal to give Northwestern (4-5-2) a 1-0 victory. The Buckeyes had opportunities to convert shots into goals, but they couldn’t find the back of the net, leading to an eventual loss.

In the 85th minute, Northwestern’s sophomore forward Justin Weiss received a pass from senior forward Jose Del Valle. Weiss struck the ball just inside the penalty box and got it past Ohio State’s senior goalkeeper Keagan McLaughlin. The goal was the sole decider in the game and came off an Ohio State giveaway.

Ohio State had 18 shots on goal, six of which were on target, but they struggled to place the ball in the back of the net.

Both sophomore midfielder Laurence Wootton and junior forward Channing Chasten had four shots on goal but the defense of Northwestern held steady as redshirt senior goalkeeper Miha Miskovic had six saves.

The possession battle was in favor of the Buckeyes as they held 56 percent possession compared to Northwestern’s 44 percent.

Ohio State will face Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on BTN+.

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