Oct. 9, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Buckeyes can thank sophomore Peter Withers (Portland, Ore.) for keeping their win streak alive. Withers scored his first goal of the season in the 97th minute of the first overtime giving Ohio State (8-3-0, 2-0-0) a 1-0 victory over Louisville (2-9-1, 0-2-0). The golden goal gave Ohio State its first sixth-game winning streak since 1999.
“It is always good to get your first goal,” Withers said. “I’ve had a lot of chances in the last few games, but they didn’t go my way. This one just popped loose, I had a good chance to hit it and it went in.”
The game was highlighted by physical play, featuring 33 fouls and five bookings, two for Ohio State and three for Louisville. Ohio State served as the offensive aggressor for most of the match, bombarding Louisville goalkeeper Brian Sokolowski with 19 shots, forcing him to make five saves. The Buckeyes best scoring chance in regulation of the scoreless battle came in the 77th minute when Sammy Tamporello (So. Richardson, Texas) headed a cross just over the Cardinal goal from the top of the six-yard box.
Chad Brown (So. Rockford, Ill.) kept the Buckeyes in the game, holding the Cardinals scoreless for the entire contest and earning him his fifth shutout of the season.
“It was hard work and determination to get a result that eventually won the game for us,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought we controlled the game well. We created a lot of good chances. Their goalkeeper was tremendous and the lesson that we learn is, when we get those opportunities to finish, we have to take it. When a good (opportunity) comes, you have to put it away.”
The Buckeyes look to extend their winning streak to seven games Sunday when they travel to State College, Pa. for a Big Ten conference match against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Ohio State has not won seven in a row since 1977, which is the team record.