COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 17th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team matched a school record with its fourth straight shutout but the Cardinals were unable to find the scoring needed in a scoreless draw against Ohio State on Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Playing their first overtime match of the season, the Cardinals moved to 6-2-1 overall, while the host Buckeyes are now 2-5-3 on the season. Playing the full 110 minutes, it was the first time Louisville needed extra time since playing to a 2-2 draw against Indiana on Oct. 10, 2012 at Cardinal Park.
“We created enough chances to get the result tonight yet did not get the goal we needed,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “I give credit to our guys for keeping a shutout because many of those types of games can go either way. We continue to learn valuable lessons for our growth.”
The four straight shutouts equals the Louisville record first set during the 2009 season from Oct. 3-14 and matched two seasons later in 2011 from Oct. 26-Nov. 6. Overall, the Cardinals have not allowed a goal in the last 428 minutes of action dating back to the first half of the win over CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 15. That ranks as the third longest scoreless streak in school history trailing only the stretch of 496 minutes without a goal in 2011 and the 456 minutes of scoreless work in 2009.
The Cardinals dominated in shots on Wednesday night finishing with a 23-12 advantage, including a 4-2 edge on goal. UofL finished with a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, while the Buckeyes were whistled for 24 fouls to the Cardinals’ 13.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) turned away a pair of Ohio State shots to earn his fifth shutout of the season, while the Buckeyes’ Alex Ivanov had four saves in the match. The Cardinals have given up only five goals in nine matches this season and have a 0.54 goals against average overall.
Up next, Louisville stays on the road and returns to American Athletic Conference action with a visit to SMU on Sunday at 8 p.m., ET in Dallas, Texas. At 2-0-0 in league action, the Cardinals are atop the conference standings while the Mustangs enter the match at 1-0-0 in conference play.
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