U of L beats #21 Ohio State 1-0
The No. 3 Louisville men's soccer team defeated No. 21 Ohio State 1-0 on Wednesday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Kenney Walker scored the game-winner with eight minutes remaining in the match to give the Cardinals their sixth victory of the season. The Cards improve to 6-1-0 on the year while the Buckeyes fall to 4-3-1.
The Louisville attack got going early as Michael Roman had a shot blocked by the Buckeyes' defense at the in the first minute of action. Ohio State had the first shot on goal in the 10th minute but Cardinal keeper Andre Boudreaux made the stop. Four minutes later senior Nick DeLeon had a chance but the Buckeye's Matt Lampson came up with the save.
The Cardinals kept possession for the majority of the next 20 minutes and went on an offensive flurry. DeLeon had another chance in the 20th minute that was saved. Colin Rolfe had a chance a minute and a half later but Lampson made the save. Freshman Will Vitalis had chances in the 27th minute and the 31st minute that were saved. Neither team would get another chance as the period ended.
Louisville finished the first half with a 9-4 shot advantage and a 4-1 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save and Lampson finished with five saves.
Ohio State took possession to start the second half and the Cardinal defense blocked Omar Vallejo's shot in the 46th minute. The Buckeyes had their best shot of the match in the 49th minute when Kenny Cunningham's shot hit the crossbar. Vitalis had another shot at the goal in the 53rd minute but could not finish.
The Buckeyes tested Boudreaux again in the 60th minute but he collected the ball for the save. Ohio State continued to press offensively and tested Boudreaux again in the 68th minute but the senior came away with another save. The Cardinal regained possession and pressed the Ohio State defense. Ryan Smith had a shot go just wide in the 72nd minute. DeLeon continued to give the Buckeye defense fits with two shots in the 76th minute that were blocked.
Roman had a shot go just wide in the 78th minute. Walker had a shot blocked out of bounds in the 81st minute for a corner kick. Junior Paolo DelPiccolo took the corner and sent it into the box where Walker settled in and hit a low strike off the right post for the game-winner in the 81st minute. The Cardinal defense tightened up in the final minutes. The Buckeyes were only able to get one shot off that went wide left in the final minute.
Louisville finished the match with a 20-11 shot advantage and a 9-1 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished the match with three saves while OSU's Lampson finished with six saves.
The Cards will be back in action on against No. 12 Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel.