ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland men's soccer team fell behind early in Sunday (Oct. 3) contest with Saginaw Valley State at Ferguson Field, but scored an equalizer just before halftime. The game finished in a 1-1 stalemate after 110 minutes.
The Cardinals (6-3-2, 3-2-2 GLIAC) scored in the seventh minute when Andy Burgeson found Zach Walega on a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Zalega pounded it past Ashland keeper Justin Nolan (Medina, Ohio/Highland) for his fifth goal of the season.
No. 13 Ashland (7-2-1, 5-0-1 GLIAC) was able to settle into the game after that, holding possession for much of the balance of the half.
It finally paid off at the 43:03 mark when sophomore Danny Lusheck (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) slid a goal into the left side of the net off a cross from junior left wing Kenny Hewitt (Brighton, England/Edgehill). It was Lusheck's first career goal and the fifth assist of the season for Hewitt.
Nolan needed to make two saves in the second half to keep the Cardinals out of the net again as Saginaw Valley controlled possession and tempo for much of the second half.
The Cardinals again had the run of play in the first overtime, firing two shots in the first 10 minutes of extra time.
AU had a couple chances in the second overtime period, but could not finish either of its two shots in the period. Hewitt took a dangerous corner kick in the 110th minute, but Saginaw successfully cleared the ball for the remainder of the game.
The physical game saw seven cautions handed out and a total of 49 fouls (26 against SVSU, 23 against AU). The Eagles out-shot the Cardinals, 10-8, while Saginaw Valley took one more corner kick (3-2).
The Eagles have five days to recuperate as they will travel to Slippery Rock for a nonconference game on Friday (Oct. 8) that will begin at 4 p.m. The Rock has been ranked as high as 13th nationally this season.