Louisville and Ohio State traveled to Cincinnati this past weekend to take on Xavier in a battle of Midwest Conference foes. So we dispatched Michael Wells, a local photographer and all around NCLL fan to provide images and game notes of the days action.
Ohio State vs Xavier
Xavier scored early on the very first shot of the game. XU was up 1-0 just seconds in, but the Buckeyes would take control after that.
OSU would score 4 unanswered goals after being down 1-0 . XU would find the net with 3:21 left in the first half to make it 4-2, but it would be only the second time they were able to place the ball in the net since their very first shot on goal.
The Buckeyes came out in the 3rd and just took control. They scored on their first possession of the 3rd, and then again on the second to make it 6-2. By the end of the 3rd it was OSU by the score of 9-2.
OSU started the 4th right where they left off, scoring on their first possession to make it 10-2. Xavier’s goalie made some really nice saves in the 4th, but the offense simply wasn’t able to cut into the Buckeye lead. XU would score with 2:30 to play, and with :05 to play to make the final score 10-4 in favor of OSU.
Louisville vs Xavier
Both teams were relatively quiet for the first five minutes. Poor shots, lack of communication, nothing solid working for either side. But midway through the first quarter ended, #5 Porter broke the 0-0 deadlock and put Louisville on the board at 1-0. However, #8 Leggett answered back for Xavier within one minute to make it 1-1.
#19 Mayer would score late in the first to make it 2-1 UofL, but the Cards would give up 2 goals in 3 minutes to give XU the 3-2 lead. The Cards would find the net to make it 3-3 with :10 to play in the 1st.
This was just the start of both squads trading goals. Xavier went up 4-3, UofL made it 4-4, XU went up 5-4 thanks to #8 Leggett.
The Musketeers would take its biggest lead (2) at 6-4 with 5:00 to play in the 2nd. With 1:40 to play until the half, UofL had a one man advantage for :30 and #43 scored from way up top making it 6-5 with 1:00 to play till the half. Xavier won the fac-eoff and #26 scored with :07 left in the half to make it 7-5 XU at the half.
Louisville began to show signs of frustration in the 3rd, committing multiple slashing penalties, hits to the back, and unnecessary roughness fouls. Xavier would take advantage of this and score 2 quick goals to make it 9-5.
The Cardinals regrouped, and managed to bring the score within 2 at 10-8 by the end of the 3rd. No penalties equaled goals for the Cards. #26 Mac would make it 11-8 XU to start the 4th, and again the Louisville tempers started to rise. Xavier scored again with 8:30 to play to make it 12-8. With 5:00 to play, and Xavier player was ejected he was ejected after suffering a hit to the head. The Cards would feed off the momentum, but would not be able to put the ball into the net until the final minute of play. With :20 remaining, UofL made it 12-9, and that would be the final.
Louisville vs Ohio State
#35 Sam Long started the game off with 5 straight saves for Louisville, keeping the game locked at 0-0 for the first several minutes.
The Cards found the back of the net first, but Ohio State made the score 1-1 with 2:00 left in the 1st. The Buckeyes scored on a last-second effort at :02 left in the 1st, giving OSU a slim 2-1 lead.
The 2nd quarter was a defensive battle. OSU forced 12 turnovers, but could not score a single goal. #5 Porter of UofL made it 2-2 with 1:50 to play until the half, and that would be the score at the half.
#13 scored for UofL on a diving shot to open up the 3rd. That is when UofL started to pull away. #43 scored for UofL just moments later, followed by another goal by #13 from up top. With :04 to play in the 3rd, UofL scored another goal to improve their lead to 6-2. OSU was held scoreless the entire 3rd quarter.
After a small scrum to begin the 4th, UofL was penalized with a 2:00 non-release penalty. This allowed OSU to score and make it 6-3, but #5 Porter scored just moments later to make it 7-3. OSU would get another goal in the final two minutes of the game to make it 7-4, but would still end up falling to the Cards 7-4 thanks to #13 and #5 of UofL on the offense, and Sam Long at Goalie for the Cards.
Mike did a fantastic job keeping track of all of this while taking photos. His gallery is below. Make sure to follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Check out more of his images right here.
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