By Dristant Pokharel
The University of Louisville Men’s Soccer team is back at home on Monday to host a non-ACC game against Kansas City after their big loss at Virginia.
High-scoring win against NC State
In a thrilling match at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, the No. 10 men’s soccer team impressed the home crowd as they netted five goals against NC State on Sunday night. The 5-2 final score is their most significant victory of the season.
The Cardinals scored four goals in the first half – a milestone not witnessed since their encounter with Western Illinois on Sept. 28, 2021. Moreover, this was the first time they achieved such a feat against an ACC opponent since their clash with Boston College on Sept. 22, 2017.
The opening goal came in the 13th minute, courtesy of a well-earned free kick resulting from an NC State foul. Sander Roed delivered a precise cross into the box, headed past the keeper by Josh Jones, giving Louisville the early lead. Roed’s assist moves him into a tie for seventh place on Louisville’s all-time assist list.
Damien Barker John scored twice on the night, finding the back of the net in the 28th minute to make it 2-0 with a deflected clearance and a subsequent precise shot. Roed added to the tally in the 36th minute with an excellent shot from outside the box.
Continuing the scoring spree, Barker John notched another goal shortly after Roed’s strike. Despite a goal from NC State in the 53rd minute, the Cards responded emphatically re-establishing a commanding lead. Louisville maintained their dominance throughout the match, with their attacking prowess evident. They had a 17-14 shot advantage and a 5-2 lead in corner kicks.
Tough Loss at Virginia
Coming in ranked at No. 8, the men’s soccer team fell 3-0 against Virginia on Sept 29. This defeat marked only the second loss of the season for Louisville (6-2-1, 1-2-1 ACC).
Virginia (6-3-1, 2-2-0) scored two goals in the first half – one in the 17th minute and another deflected off the right post in the 31st minute.. They added a third goal in the 71st minute to seal their victory. The Cavaliers outshot the Cards 16-7 and secured a 5-2 advantage in corners.
This loss should serve as a learning opportunity for the Cards. Louisville fans eagerly await the next match on the home turf, optimistic as the Cardinals look to bounce back and maintain their winning spirit for the rest of the season.
A Glimpse into the Next Challenge: Louisville vs. Kansas City
In the upcoming non-conference clash on Oct 2, the men’s soccer team will host Kansas City at home.
Louisville (6-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) heads into this match aiming to bounce back from a recent loss against Virginia. The Cardinals are well aware of the significance of this game, particularly in maintaining their home record, which stands at an impressive 4-1-0 for the season.
The Louisville soccer program will also recognize seven student-athletes as part of the Senior Night festivities. Axel Alejandre, Bryce LeBel, Brandon McManus, Ryan Nichols, Ayden Nocus, Bradley Sample, and Ryan Troutman will all be honored before the contest.
The Cardinals emerged victorious in their only previous meeting with Kansas City, securing a 2-0 win back in September 2004.
Photo Courtesy // Chris Carter, Lousiville Athletics