Andrew Magill scores in 53rd minute, Latchem has four saves as Buckeyes advance to Sweet 16’

COLUMBUS, Ohio The fifth-seeded Buckeyes upped their unbeaten streak to 12 games and will play at home in the Sweet 16’ of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship this weekend after eliminating Louisville, 1-0, Wednesday in a second round match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sophomore Andrew Magill scored off a rebound in the 53rd minute and senior goalkeeper Casey Latchem notched his 13th shutout of the season as Ohio State improves to 14-3-5.

The Big Ten champion Buckeyes, who shut out their fifth-consecutive opponent, await the winner of Washington and UC-Santa Barbara, which is the 12th seed and defending national champion. Those two teams meet at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The day and time for Ohio State’s third-round match will be announced Thursday.

Louisville, making its first NCAA tournament appearance, ends its season at 11-7-4.

Shaking off the rust from a 17-day layoff since winning the Big Ten championship over Indiana Nov. 11, Ohio State was the aggressor early, but sent most of its 11 first-half shots too strong and high of the cross bar. At the other end, Latchem had two key first-half saves and freshman midfielder Matt Gold’s kick save off a rebound at the 12:45 mark when Latchem was on the ground kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard at the intermission.

Seven minutes into the second half, OSU junior Danny Irizarry took the ball from near midfield and avoided several tackles, making a drive into the penalty area. His strong shot bounced off Louisville goalkeeper David Simolike and to the oncoming Magill, to slotted it past Simolike into the lower right corner of the net.

Latchem would have two more saves late in the game as the Cardinals had a flurry of shots that were either saved or blocked by OSU defenders. Senior Eric Brunner and sophomore Doug Verhoff in the central defense and juniors Tim Gabel and Patrick Roan on the flanks continually denied Louisville to gain momentum in its possession, clearing through balls and generating counter attacks.

During their current 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3), the Buckeyes have allowed only three goals.

These two teams played to a 1-1 tie at Louisville Oct. 31. Ohio State improves to 5-0-1 all-time at home against Louisville.

Postgame Quotes: Ohio State 1, Louisville 0

John Bluem, Ohio State head coach
On senior goalkeeper Casey Latchem
“Casey has been an absolute wall for us. We’ve won 12 games in a row and he has allowed only three goals in those games. He has come up big for us. He’s a very sound, and smart goal keeper.”

On what Xavier Balc means to Ohio State
“Without Xavier we’d have a lot of 0-0 ties. Brunner does on one end what Xavier does on the other. Roger Espinoza has been a great addition for us on the left flank. We have a number of players that other teams need to be concerned with.”

On Matt Gold’s save in the first half
“Matt sensed urgency and ran behind the goal keeper. He made a smart play. Being a midfielder and being able to get back and make that play is a smart play by him.” 

Andrew Magill, Ohio State sophomore forward
On his goal
“I was watching Danny out front and I remembered our coaches telling us to follow the shot. So I saw the opportunity for a rebound shot and I went for it.”

Xavier Balc, Ohio State senior forward
“The win played a factor with the long balls tonight. It made them dip and caused some to die down. But we had chances, but failed to capitalize on them.”

Casey Latchem, Ohio State senior goalkeeper
On Ohio State’ defenders
“Our backline is solid. They snuff out plays before they start. They played outstanding and made my job easier.”

Ken Lolla, Louisville head coach
On the game
“This definitely wasn’t our best effort. That being said, at the end we had some chances and had a chance to tie it up. At times we played to our strengths and limited errors but tonight we just weren’t good enough to overcome that.”

On chances during the game:
“Latchem came up big a few times and many others we just didn’t even force him to make a save.”

Forward Marco Terminesi
On coach Lolla
“Coach brought us to a different level this year. He helped us step up our game and it showed on the field.”

Postgame Notes: Ohio State 1, Louisville 0
– Ohio State advances to the Sweet 16’ of the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history. In 2004 in the Sweet 16” the Buckeyes lost at Duke, 3-0.
– Sophomore Andrew Magill (third goal of the season) and junior Danny Irizarry (second assist of the season) notched their first points in the NCAA tournament Wednesday.
– Senior Casey Latchem notched his 13th shutout of the season Wednesday and 25th of his career. Both totals are school records.
– During the last 12 games, Ohio State is 9-0-3 and has allowed only three goals.
– The Buckeyes are now 3-4 in the NCAA tournament and are making their fifth appearance. Ohio State is now 2-1 at home in the NCAA tournament and will host a third-round game this weekend.
– The Buckeyes are now 6-7-1 all-time against ranked opponents in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1999. Previously, Ohio State had hosted two first-round NCAA tournament games at the Jesse, but never a second-round game.
– Ohio State is now 12-0-2 this season when scoring first.
– The Buckeyes out-shot Louisville 19-15 Wednesday, marking the 16th time in 22 games this season Ohio State has had the shot advantage.
– Ohio State is now 7-4-2 all-time against Louisville, including 5-0-1 in Columbus.

                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                          2007 Ohio State Men’s Soccer
       #22 Louisville vs #14 Ohio State (Nov 28, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Louisville (11-7-4) vs. Ohio State (14-3-5)
 Date: Nov 28, 2007  Attendance: 870
 Weather: Cloudy, windy and 45 degrees

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Louisville……….  0  0 –  0
 Ohio State……….  0  1 –  1
  1.  52:08 OSU Magill, Andrew (2) (Irizarry, Danny) – Rebound into lower right from eight yards

 Shots: Louisville 15, Ohio State 19
 Saves: Louisville 7 (SIMOLIKE, David 7), Ohio State 5 (Latchem, Casey 4; TEAM 1)
 NCAA Tournament Second Round

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