Oct. 13, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team played to a scoreless 0-0 tie in double-overtime against Louisville Wednesday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes out-shot the Cardinals, 18-13, including 6-0 in the first half, but were unable to come up with a goal in their last of three consecutive home games.
Ohio State, ranked 10th in the Great Lakes regional poll, is 4-1-1 in its last six games.
“It was a very even game,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “Both teams had a lot of chances, but somehow no one seemed to find the back of the net. I have to give Louisville credit, they came on the road and were able to defend well.”
In a scoreless first half, Ohio State out-shot Louisville, 6-0, but just one of the Buckeyes’ shots was on goal, that coming from senior Eric Schwebach (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie).
The two offenses got going in the second half to the tune of 20 total shots – 11 for Louisville and nine for Ohio State. On a yellow card issued to Cardinal goalkeeper Tyler Wilcox for a rare pass back penalty, the Buckeyes were given a free kick from the top of the 6-yard box. OSU junior Kyle Veris (Strongsville, Ohio/Univ. of Akron) took the free kick but it was blocked by a host of Louisville players at the net.
Louisville nearly came up with the game’s first goal in the 72nd minute when David Guzman’s shot hit off the right post. Ohio State answered in the 78th minute when a shot by senior Peter Withers (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) was deflected by Wilcox and a follow-up attempt by sophomore Rob Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) was blocked by a Louisville defender. Guzman nearly ended the game midway through the first overtime when he fired a shot that bounced off the cross bar.
Though both teams were credited with just two shots on goal in the 110-minute affair, several close shots were blocked by defenders just feet from crossing the goal line.
Ohio State junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier) had two saves to record his third consecutive shutout.
Ohio State will return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. at Penn State as the Buckeyes put their 2-0-0 Big Ten record on the line against the talented Nittany Lions, who were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation earlier this season but are now 0-2-1 in the Big Ten and 5-2-5 overall.
### GO BUCKS! ###