Sep 7, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The seventh-ranked Louisville men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season dropping a 1-0 decision to visiting Butler on Saturday night at Cardinal Park.
Looking for their best start to a season since 2009, the Cardinals instead dropped to 2-1-0 overall after not trailing in back-to-back wins at No. 20 Virginia and against Cleveland State to open 2013. Butler remained unbeaten in three starts improving to 2-0-1 on the season with the win.
"There are a lot of lessons from the game. Butler is a good opponent and we just didn't play well enough tonight," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. "We weren't sharp. Our pressure wasn't good enough tonight and the effort needed to better. That's the lesson and the message to the guys tonight. We have a week to prepare and get it right for the next one on Friday night against UC Irvine."
The only goal of the night came in the final moments of the opening half of play when Butler's Anthony Smith, Jr., put a foot on a deep cross into the left side of the box from Vincent Mitchell and scored inside the near post with just 1:02 to go before halftime. It was the first goal of the season for Smith while the assist for Mitchell was his first.
Following the halftime break, the Cardinals organized several offensive challenges but were unable to breakthrough despite finishing with a 12-10 advantage in shots. The two teams each finished with five shots on goal and five corner kicks.
In goal, junior Joachim Ball finished with four saves while dropping his first game in three starts for the Cardinals. For the Bulldogs, Andy Holte had four saves to earn the shutout in his first start of the season.
Up next, No. 7 Louisville will continue its four-game homestand against UC Irvine on Friday at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park. To purchase 2013 season tickets or to become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.