LOUISVILLE, KY. -The top-ranked Louisville men's soccer team edged the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1 at Cardinal Park on Sunday evening to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. The Cardinals improve to a school record 18-0-3.
In the 24th minute, the Cardinals were able to capitalize on a throw-in from Colin Rolfe. A Buckeye defender headed the ball back into the box, giving Charlie Campbell the opportunity to head the ball into the upper right corner of the net giving Louisville the 1-0 lead. The goal was Campbell's fifth of the season.
The Buckeyes were able to tie up the game in the 52nd minute, but the Cardinals scored again in the 63rd minute when Campbell played a ball down the left side of the field to Nick DeLeon, who crossed it into the box. The cross connected with Austin Berry as he headed in the goal into the upper left hand corner of the net to put Louisville up 2-1. The goal was Berry's fourth of the year.
Louisville finished the game with an 18-16 shot advantage, while Ohio State finished with a 4-1 corner kick advantage. Cardinals' goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux finished with one save.
The game was played in front of a crowd of 4,251 paid attendance, which didn't include the over 1,300 people watching from the berm making the attendance a record 5,562 surpassing last week's attendance to watch a college soccer game in the state of Kentucky.
With their 21st straight win, the Cardinals have tied the record for the longest unbeaten streak in BIG EAST history. The record was originally set by St. John's during the 1993 season.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 4 against UCLA at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.