The Cardinals celebrate Andrew Brody's second half goal in Friday's win over No. 2 Maryland.
By Corey Goodlett
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The ninth-ranked University of Louisville men's soccer team opened its regular season and the brand-new Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium on Friday night with an entertaining 1-0 victory over No. 2 Maryland in front of a standing room only crowd of 7,047.
The Cardinals scored the deciding goal of the defensive battle in the 54th minute when sophomore midfielder Andrew Brody (Orlando, Fla.) connected on a header into the upper left corner of the net. The fourth career goal for Brody was setup on a perfectly placed cross from the right side by junior forward Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz.), who earned his 10th career assist. Senior Will Vitalis (Crestwood, Ky.) started the counter-attack with a ball down the right side to Velazco for his ninth career assist.
"I hope the people tonight had a positive experience. I thought it was high level of soccer for so early in the year for two teams that are very, very good teams," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. "Hopefully, the people tonight had a good experience not only in the soccer aspect, but the venue and all the amenities that go with it. I hope that they continue to come back and support us. We have some great games and hopefully the fan base continues to grow."
Before the goal, the two teams battled to a scoreless first half, each club getting off three shots. The Cardinals narrowly missed two early opportunities to break the scoreless tie. First, when a kick to the right by Velazco failed to reach the back of the net in the 10th minute and again when midfielder Romilio Hernandez (Lanham, Md.) fired a shot off of the crossbar in the 12th minute.
The Terrapins had a chance to tie the game late, with a corner kick in the 87th minute, but failed to connect on a header. Despite the final score, Maryland owned a 10-7 shots advantage and a 5-0 corner kick advantage.
Louisville goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Villingen-Schwenninge, Germany) made five saves on the night for his 10th career shutout.
The victory gave Lolla his 100th at the school. Lolla now holds a 100-47-23 mark in his ninth season as the Cardinals' head coach. The win also gives the Cards their third win in the last four season-openers.
Up next for the Cardinals is a home meeting with Cornell on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m., ET followed by a road contest against Saint Louis on Sept. 9.
Single Game, Season Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for Louisville's debut season at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and in the Atlantic Coast Conference are available for purchase through the UofL Ticket Office. Tickets for each of the Cardinals' first two matches can be purchased online here through My Cardinal Account. Ticket prices are $12 for reserved chairback seats (preferred seating) and $9 for general admission berm and bleacher seats. On both Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, the men's games will be preceded by women's games and tickets will provide admission to both matches each day.
Single game tickets for each of the Cardinals' 11 regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium this fall are currently on sale and can be purchased in person through the UofL Ticket Office at Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. More information on Louisville men's soccer single game tickets is available online here or by calling (502) GO-CARDS.
Season tickets, which will provide admission to both men's and women's regular season matches, remain on sale through the UofL Ticket Office for $70 each. Visit GoCards.com to learn more about 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets. Group tickets for all Louisville matches can be requested by completing the group ticket application online here or by calling (502) 852-0120. Groups consist of 10 or more and tickets start at $4.