Oct. 12, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 11th-ranked Louisville men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven straight games while remaining perfect in conference action with a 3-1 victory over visiting Rutgers on Saturday night at Cardinal Park.
With their sixth win in the last seven matches, the Cardinals improved to 8-2-1 overall and 4-0-0 in American Athletic Conference games to remain alone atop the league standings. The loss dropped the Scarlet Knights to 5-7-1 overall and 2-3-0 in conference matches.
The trio of junior Santiago Vélez (Longmont, Colo./Ohio State), junior Daniel Keller (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School) and freshman Andrew Brody (Orlando, Fla./Vista Grande HS) accounted for goals as Louisville finished with a 17-6 advantage in shots in the victory. The Cardinals have scored three goals in three of their four conference matches and Louisville has tallied three or more goals five times in the current seven-game unbeaten streak.
"I think we're playing with some confidence right now and we have a little bit of a rhythm," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla after the match. "I think the biggest part of it is the urgency, the energy we're showing and the pressure we're creating. With that pressure tonight, we could have had a couple of more goals, but overall, I thought it was a very good team effort."
Louisville opened the scoring midway through the first half of Saturday's match when Vélez connected for his first career goal in the 24th minute of action for the 1-0 lead. After controlling the ball on the left side of the pitch, Vélez curled a shot around Rutgers goalkeeper David Greczek and into the upper right corner of the goal.
The Scarlet Knights evened the score at 1-1 in the 43rd minute of action when Thomas O'Rourke scored his first goal of the season on a header inside the left post following a cross on a free kick from Mael Corboz from the right side. The goal ended Louisville's school record setting scoreless streak at 560 minutes and was the first goal allowed by the Cardinals since the first half of the Sept. 15 win over CSU Bakersfield.
Louisville answered the Rutgers goal quickly as Keller connected on a header less than two minutes later for his second goal of the season and a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute. Earning his fifth assist of the season, sophomore Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) setup the scoring chance with a cross from the right side on a free kick and Keller finished it inside the upper right corner.
After taking the advantage into the halftime break, Louisville pushed its lead to 3-1 early in the second half when Brody connected for his second goal of the season after scoring inside the left post from 17 yards away in the 51st minute.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball turned away one shot as the Cardinals finished with a 10-3 edge in shots on goal. Louisville also had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks, while Rutgers was whistled for 19 fouls to the Cardinals' 18.
Up next, Louisville returns to the road for a visit at reigning NCAA champion Indiana on Tuesday at 7 p.m., ET in Bloomington. The Cardinals' next home match is set for Saturday, Oct. 19 against Connecticut at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park.