Kentucky Sports

Kentucky soccer grabs critical point in scoreless draw at Old Dominion

Callum Irving, UK's goalie, was Conference USA's player of the year in 2014.
Callum Irving, UK's goalie, was Conference USA's player of the year in 2014. UK Athletics

The University of Kentucky men's soccer team ended up without a win or a loss but got exactly what it needed Saturday night.

The 16th-ranked Wildcats played No. 14 Old Dominion to a scoreless tie in double overtime at Norfolk, Va., earning the point they needed to remain tied with Charlotte for first place in Conference USA.

Kentucky (8-3-2 overall, 4-0-1 C-USA) and Charlotte (7-4-2, 4-0-1) each have 13 points. The teams collide Saturday in Charlotte in a match that could decide the league title.

“It’s never easy to come here and get a result,” senior co-captain Kristoffer Tollefsen said in a UK news release. “We fought hard. They had some chances and we had chances so I think in the end it was a fair result. “Now we have everything to play for so from here we just have to play one game at a time. It’s always good to get a clean sheet. Cally (goalkeeper Callum Irving) had some great saves today. The entire back four was great today. I think it was a great team effort.” Kentucky did make a big push to win the match in the first extra time period, as the Wildcats created all the chances in that interval, but could never connect the final pass or finish to find the back of the net. Irving and Kentucky’s back four of Charlie Reymann, Jordan Wilson, Alex Bumpus and Tanner Hummel kept a clean sheet for the second match in a row, and sixth from the last eight. Irving stopped seven shots, which tied his season high. Perhaps more importantly he was aggressive in claiming multiple dangerous crosses, and also was called upon to make an excellent sliding tackle outside the box to snuff out an ODU break early in the second half. UK has scored six and conceded no goals in five C-USA matches this year. Old Dominion (8-2-21, 3-1-2) moved to 11 points for fourth place in the league (South Carolina is third with 12 points). Irving recorded his 24th career shutout to improve his school record. He has a league-leading 0.638 goals against average this year.