Ohio State has known as off its soccer recreation scheduled for Saturday at Illinois after coronavirus testing revealed an rising variety of instances on the group. The cancellation was introduced hours after the college revealed that Ryan Day, the pinnacle coach of the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, had examined constructive and wouldn’t journey to the sport.
“Additional constructive checks for the coronavirus have been found after a spherical of PCR testing this afternoon,” the college mentioned in a statement late Friday, with out providing extra particulars.
That is the second current cancellation for Ohio State (4-0). It didn’t play its scheduled Nov. 14 recreation in opposition to Maryland, which suspended soccer actions that week due to an elevated variety of coronavirus instances. The diminished schedule may imperil a shot on the Huge Ten title and the nationwide championship for the Buckeyes, who have been fourth within the College Football Playoff preliminary rating, launched early this week.
“We’ve continued to expertise a rise in constructive checks over the course of this week,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith mentioned within the assertion. “The well being, security and well-being of our student-athlete is our most important concern, and our selections on their welfare will proceed to be guided by our medical employees.”
The Buckeyes have two video games left on their schedule, in opposition to Michigan State on Dec. 5 and Michigan on Dec. 12. The Huge 10 title recreation is scheduled for Dec. 19. Huge Ten guidelines require groups to play at the least six video games on this abbreviated season to be eligible to play within the convention championship recreation, however the minimal may drop if the typical variety of video games performed by all Huge Ten groups falls under six.