Oct. 10, 2012
Final Stats |
Louisville, Ky. -
The 22nd ranked Louisville (7-4-1) men's soccer team finished in a 2-2 tie with No. 11 Indiana (9-2-2) on Wednesday evening in Cardinal Park. Neither team allowed a shot on goal in the overtime periods forcing the first tie of the season for the Cardinals.
The Hoosiers got on the board first from a set piece in the 26th minute. A.J. Corrado sent a corner kick inside the box to Jacob Bushue. Bushue placed the ball to Nikita Kotlov who headed the ball in past Louisville keeper Mike Mauro. Neither team could get a lot of offense pressure going in the first half.
The Cardinals finished the first period with a slight 4-3 edge on shots while IU finished with a 2-0 shots on goal advantage. Maura finished the half with one save while Luis Soffner was never tested.
Louisville started the second half with offensive pressure, looking for the equalizer. Dylan Mares got free of a Hoosier defender and brought the ball up the right side of the field and crossed it to the middle of the box to Ryan Smith. Smith sent the ball past the IU keeper to the left side of the net to tie the game in the 52nd minute.
Indiana had a shot chance to score the equalizer in the 59th minute off a Corrado shot, but Mauro made the diving save. One minute later Will Vitalis takes the ball from an Hoosier defender on a breakaway and powers the shot past Soffner to put the Cards up 2-1.
In the 69th minute Indiana's Eriq Zavaleta stole the ball from a Louisville defender inside the penalty box and slipped the ball past Mauro for the equalizer. Both teams had chances in the final 20 minutes but neither team was able to convert, sending the match into extra periods.
In the 92nd minute Mares sent a ball inside the box to streaking Smith who jumped over a defender and sent the ball through the net. The goal was negated as he was called for a yellow card, his second of the match. Smith had to leave the game and the Cardinals played the final 18 minutes of the match a man down.
Neither team finished with a shot on goal in either overtime period, ending in a tie. Indiana finished the game with a slight 13-11 shot advantage, outshooting Louisville 10-7 in the second period. Indiana finished the match with a 3-1 corner kick advantage. Mauro tied his career-high with four saves while Soffner finished with one.
Louisville will be back in action as they host No. 10 St. John's Saturday, Oct. 13 in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer channel.