By Matt Bradshaw —
Sixth-ranked men’s soccer (6-2-2, 3-1-1) dropped their second match of the season at No. 15 Notre Dame (7-3-1, 3-1-0) this past Saturday. After a 1-1 score in regulation, the Fighting Irish won with an overtime golden goal via penalty kick.
Louisville ends a six-game unbeaten streak with the loss. The Cardinals began ACC play with a perfect 3-0 record before recently tying NC State and losing to Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish scored the opening goal 10 minutes into the first half and held a 9-7 shot advantage at halftime.
Senior Tate Schmitt and junior Kino Ryosuke had several close chances to score, among others, but failed to send a shot past the keeper.
Cherif Dieye delivered the equalizer three minutes into the second half with a strike inside the right post. The junior leads the team with four goals this season.
The two sides kept fighting as regulation drew to a close and both keepers kept the score 1-1 with saves in front of goal.
Less than two minutes into overtime, the referee whistled sophomore Ziyad Fekri for a foul inside the box. Notre Dame’s Sean MacLeod took advantage and converted the penalty kick for the 2-1 victory.
Five matches remain in the regular season, including three ACC matchups. Despite the defeat, U of L (10 points) still remains at the top of their division in the conference with Wake Forest (9 points) close behind.
Men’s soccer hosts Georgia Southern on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
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