Sept. 18, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio State men’s soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to Louisville Tuesday night at Cardinal Park in front of 1,235 fans. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-4-1 on the year, while the Cardinals improve to 4-3-1 overall.

Louisville produced goals from four different players and led 2-0 at the half before putting a pair away in a 35-second span early in the second period. The Buckeyes produced a handful of opportunities in the contest, but were unable to score for the third time this season.

“This was an uncharacteristically poor performance all around tonight,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said after the match. The team simply did not show up and things can go one of two ways from here. We will meet tomorrow and get back to work.”

Marlon Hairston gave the Cardinals the lead midway through the 20th minute of action, scoring on an unassisted goal that was deflected inside the goal box. The lead was stretched to two about 20 minutes later when Greg Cochrane crossed the ball to Will Vitalis who stuffed it into the back of the net for his first of the year.

Coming out of the half, Louisville scored its third less than five minutes into play. Paolo DelPiccolo sent a free kick to Andrew Farrell who passed it off to Zach Foxhoven for the goal and 35 seconds later the Cardinals added their fourth and final score. Vitalis and Cochrane reversed the order of the second tally, swapping the goal and assist.

The Buckeyes were out-shot 15-6 on the night and 9-2 in attempts which fell on goal. Both teams took four corner kicks. Alex Wimmer made five saves in his fifth start of the year, while the Cardinal keeper came up with a pair of stops.

Ohio State opens the Big Ten season at 1 p.m. Sunday against 15th-ranked Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Prior to the contest, players and coaches from both teams will participate in the third annual Kids Kicking Cancer clinic at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Photos from last year’s event can be viewed here. The game will be televised live on BTN with Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan calling the action.