Sept. 11, 2012
Final Stats |
Louisville, Ky. -
The No. 14 Louisville men's soccer team defeated No. 15 Wake Forest 3-2 in double overtime on Tuesday evening in Cardinal Park. After giving up two second half goal, senior Ryan Smith scored the game winner in the 105th minute for the Cardinals. Louisville improves to 3-2-0 on the year while the Demon Deacons fall to 3-1-1.
The Cardinals got off to a great start in the first half. Dylan Mares played the ball to Greg Cochrane in the far left side of the field. Cochrane shot the ball and it took a slow roll into the goal out of the keeper's grasp for a 1-0 Louisville lead.
Four minutes later, junior Andrew Farrell took the ball from a Wake Forest defender inside the box and drilled a shot right past the keeper for a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute. The Cardinals controlled possession for the majority of the first period. The Cardinals finished the first period with a 7-1 shot advantage and a 1-0 lead in corner kicks. Wake Forest keeper Michael Lisch finished with two saves while Joachim Ball was not tested.
The Demon Deacons came out in the second half and applied offensive pressure early. The Cardinals were unable to get any kind of offensive flow while Wake Forest kept the majority of possession. The offensive pressure paid off for Wake Forest as they scored in the 65th minute. Ball made a diving save on Jared Watts' first shot. Watts collected the ball while Ball was on the ground and sent it to Sean Okoli for the score.
Wake Forest continued to pressure the Cardinal defense, looking for the equalizer. The Demon Deacons had a shot hit the bar and then Andrew Farrell cleared it to the middle of the field in the 72nd minute. Wake had another shot on goal but Ball came up with another big save and sent the ball over the net in the 76th minute.
The Demon Deacons' Anthony Arena scored the equalizer off a corner kick in the 76th minute. The Cardinals gained possession shortly after but never got a clear shot on goal to end the period. Wake Forest outshot the Cardinals 10-3 in the second period. Ball finished with three saves to end the period and Lisch was not tested.
Wake Forest continued to keep the majority of possession in the first overtime, finishing with three shots that all went high. In the second overtime period, Wake had a shot on goal but Ball came up with the save. After that possession the Cardinals gained control of the ball.
Freshman Marlon Hairston came in during the final overtime period with fresh legs and wasted no time using them for the Cardinals. Hairston gathered the ball and drove past two Wake defenders then played the ball to the middle of the box for Smith who shot it right into the goal for the win.
Wake Forest finished with a 15-11 shot advantage while the Cardinals held a 5-4 corner kick advantage. Ball finished with a career-high four saves while Lisch finished with two.
Louisville will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 14 as they host instate rival Kentucky in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.