Ohio State Draws Even in Double Overtime vs. No. 17 Louisville
Oct. 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team concluded its match Wednesday evening in a double-overtime, scoreless draw against No. 17 Louisville at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match marks the sixth shutout the Buckeye defense has earned this season, as well as the third time an Ohio State game has ended in a scoreless tie.
“I thought our effort was fantastic and we battled hard for 110 minutes,” head coach John Bluem said. “Our defense allowed a lot of shots, but they were from distance and I don’t think Ivanov was threatened that much tonight. It certainly would have been better to get the win, but I think the result was good for our guys. A tie is something we can build from against a good team and we will put the pieces back together and hopefully get a better result next time out vs. Michigan.”
The teams spent a majority of the first half alternating possessions and patiently awaiting a scoring opportunity. The first save of the game was recorded in the 24th minute of play by Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Ohio State’s offense also was active, striking in three shots during the first half - two of which were off the foot of junior forward Kenny Cunningham.
In the second half, the aggressiveness of both teams was kicked up a notch. Ohio State had a solid opportunity early with a strong header from senior captain Sage Gardner. The Louisville goalkeeper ultimately got in front of the play, prohibiting the Buckeyes from capitalizing.
Ivanov kept the Scarlet and Gray shutout alive, earning another key save in the 78th minute with a full-extended diving stop on the far post. The Buckeyes then built some momentum on the offensive side with a shot just high from Gardner and another just wide from freshman Danny Jensen. Those weren’t the only scoring chances the Buckeye offense created in the second. In all, Ohio State had six shots in the second session alone.
The game progressed into the first overtime period, where Jensen got things off to a rousing start with an early breakaway attempt. The Weston, Fla., native earned two nice looks after the Louisville goalkeeper failed to gain possession after the first strike. With one minute remaining in the first overtime, Ohio State received its fourth corner kick opportunity of the match which was cleared by the Cardinal defense.
Again, Jensen almost ended the game with a shot attempt in the final moments in the second overtime period. The freshman put the ball in the back right corner of the net, but the goal was called off after the referees determined the Buckeye forward was offside on the play.
Overall, the Cardinals outshot the Buckeyes 23-12. Ivanov earned four saves for the Scarlet and Gray in goal, claiming his fourth shutout of 2013.
Ohio State will return to the pitch to take on conference-rival Michigan Sunday, Oct. 6 at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.