The Louisville Cardinal

Men’s soccer defeats Rutgers

By Dalton Ray

The number 11 ranked Cardinals were set to take on the third place Rutgers Scarlet Knights in an American

Athletic Conference game on Sat. 12. Entering the game junior goal keeper Joachim Ball was seventh in the nation

in goals against average at 0.49 and freshman Andrew Brody is fifth in the nation with six assists.

The first 20 minutes were dominated by Louisville’s offensive possession and stifling defensive play. Stopping

the Knights’ multiple attacks and allowing only one shot on goal in the first half. First blood was drawn by junior

midfielder Santiago Velez with curving a shot right outside the box that landed just out of the goalkeeper’s reach in

the 23rd minute.

After trading stalled offensive attacks for 20 minutes Rutgers was given a free kick in the 42nd minute. The cross

was headed in just sneaking past goal keeper Joachim Ball. Not to be out done by the Knights the Cards quickly

cashed in on a cross by way a free kick from Daniel Keller on the assist by Richardo Velazco.

The first half goal was the first goal the Cards had allowed since Sept. 15, ending a five game shut out streak.

Entering the game Louisville was ranked fifth in the nation in goals against with an average of 0.49, the Cardinals

would prove true to this statistic in the second half.

Allowing only two shots on goal and one corner kick in the second half the defense proved to be too much for

the visiting Knights. Andrew Brody officially closed the door in the second half with his goal as Ken Lolla’s team

cruised to a 3-1 victory.

With this win the Cards improve their record to 8-2-1. Next on the slate for the Cardinals is a road match

in Bloomington, IN against the defending national champions Indiana University. Last year’s game ended as a

draw on a controversial over-time red card that took away what would have been the game winning goal for the

Cardinals. The match will take place on Tues. 15 at 7 P.M.

The Hooisers are coming off a very tough loss against Big Ten conference foe Wisconsin in which they fell 4-3.

The Hooisers are now 4-7-1 and are looking for a big win to prevent a losing streak when top ten ranked Louisville

comes to town.