LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It took penalty kicks, but the U of L men's soccer Cardinals moved into the second round of the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Cards won the shootout 3-2 over Summitt League champion Denver after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Louisville keeper Joachim Ball and his counterpart with the Pioneers, Oliver Brown were each credited with two saves during 90 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime periods at a rainy Cardinal Park. Brown is a Louisville native and was a mulitple state champion at St. Xavier High School.
Ball came up with three big saves in the penalty shootout. That set the stage for Jimmy Ockford's clincher. The senior defensman went to the top-right corner setting off a celebration on the field and sending Cardinal fans home happy.
Louisville is now 12-4-3 on the season with a date at Michigan State next on Sunday in East Lansing. The Cardinals are in the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season under coach Ken Lolla, having advanced to at least the elite eight in each of the last three tournaments.
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