Sept. 29, 2010
Lexington, Ky. -
The sixth ranked Louisville men's soccer team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 2-0 on Wednesday night in Lexington. The Cardinals improve to 6-0-2 overall, while the Wildcats fall to 3-5-1. This is the third straight win for Louisville against Kentucky and the second straight on the Wildcats' home field.
With the win, the Cardinals tie the school record for the longest unbeaten streak at eight games, first set back in 1981 when the team went 7-0-1 in their final eight games of the season. Louisville also continues to set the record for the best start to a season in program history going the first eight games without losing, after starting the last two seasons at 5-0-1 before suffering their first defeats in 2008 and 2009.
Louisville controlled possession of the ball for most the first half to start the game, keeping the ball primarily on the offensive. The Cardinals had a couple of early chances with two throw-ins deep in the corner from All-American Colin Rolfe. On his first throw-in, the ball got played back out of the box straight to a waiting Kenney Walker, whose shot went just high over the crossbar. On the next throw-in, a header from Charlie Campbell went just wide right of the goal.
The offensive pressure finally paid off for the Cardinals as they were able to be the first to get on the board in the 17th minute when a shot from Nick DeLeon bounced off the crossbar and in the scramble for the rebound freshman Dylan Mares was able to collect the ball, blasting it into the back of the net past Kentucky goalkeeper Tyler Beadle for a 1-0 lead.
Louisville went into the half with a 10-2 shot advantage and a 2-1 corner kick advantage. The Wildcats goalkeeper finished with one save, while Andre Boudreaux remained untested.
Louisville's offensive pressure continued into the second half as it didn't take long for the Cardinals to put another goal on the board when Austin Berry
headed in a corner kick from Walker. The assist is a team-leading fourth of the season for Walker, moving him only two assists away from tying for fifth in assists in a season and sixth in career assists.
In the 80th minute, the Cardinals had as good of an opportunity as you can get to score when DeLeon broke through the defense receiving a pass from Rolfe. DeLeon found himself all alone with the goalkeeper and tried to bend the ball around Beadle as he approached, but the shot for the second time in the game for DeLeon connected with the post, ricocheting out-of-bounds. He led the team in shots for the night, taking a career-high five shots, with one shot on goal
The Wildcats finally had their first shot on goal in the 87th minute, when Cameron Wilder took a shot from 20 yards out that was easily collected by Boudreaux for his only save of the game.
Louisville finished the game with a 16-5 shot advantage with a 5-1 shot on goal advantage. The Cardinals also finished with a 4-2 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save, while Beadle finished with three. He notched his fifth shutout of the season, giving him 23 for his career which ties him with Jeremy Morales for the most career shutouts.
The Cardinals will be back in action for their BIG EAST home opener on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. when they host the No. 18 St. John's Red Storm in Cardinal Park. This will be the second straight Top 25 team the Cardinals will face at home.