Sept. 19, 2008
Storrs, Conn. -
The 16th ranked Louisville men's soccer team fell to No. 7 Connecticut 1-0 on Friday evening at Morrone Stadium in the BIG EAST opener. It was the first loss of the season for the Cardinals as the fall to 5-1-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in BIG EAST play while Connecticut improves to 3-0-3 overall and 1-0-0 in league play.
Freshman keeper Andre Boudreaux was tested early by the Huskies, pulling down his first save at the seven minute mark. He then pulled down two back-to-back saves in the 10th and 11th minute. The Cardinal offense then got going as J.T. Murray placed a shot on goal in the 14th minute which was collected by Huskie keeper Josh Ford.
UConn had another opportunity in the 36th minute by Boudreaux collected his fourth save of the period to finish the period in a scoreless tie. Connecticut finished the first period with a 6-4 shot advantage.
Louisville had the first opportunity to score as Freddie Braun's header off an Aaron Clapham corner kick went just wide. UConn responded with two shots that were blocked by the Cardinals defense. The Huskies' Tony Cascio dropped a pass in front of the box to O'Brian White who then passed the ball off to Dori Arad just to the right of the goal, leaving enough room for Arad to square up and drill the ball into the lower left corner of the net in the 76th minute.
The Cardinals went on attack after the Huskie goal. A Clapham corner kick was collected by Othaniel Yanez who shot the ball just wide. Yanez then shot the ball on a free kick but it was blocked by a Huskie defender. Louisville's best shot at the equalizer was a Murray corner kick that Chavez took for a shot on goal in the 85th minute.
Louisville finished the game with a 12-10 shot advantage and a 6-2 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with four saves while Ford finished with three.
Louisville will be back in action on Sunday, as they travel to Providence for another BIG EAST matchup.