Oct. 15, 2011
Queens, NY -
The No. 9 Louisville men's soccer team fell 1-0 to St. John's on Saturday evening at Belson Stadium. The loss snaps the Cards' three game unbeaten streak, dropping them to 8-4-1 on the year and 1-3-1 in league play. St. John's improves to 9-3-2 overall and 3-2-0 in BIG EAST play.
The first half was a defensive battle for both teams. St. John's had the first shot of the game in the 12th minute but the Louisville defense blocked the shot. Louisville's Andre Boudreaux was tested for the first time in the 21st minute but came up with the save. The Cardinals were unable to get a shot on goal for the half.
St. John's finished the first half with a 4-0 shot advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save while the Red Storm keeper was not tested in the first half.
The second half was much different for the Cardinal attack. Senior Kenney Walker had a shot on goal three minutes into the second period but it was saved. Colin Rolfe had another shot a minute later but it was also saved.
On the next play, the Red Storm was able to find the net. St. John's Barruro Punyed struck from 15 yards out to put the Red Storm up 1-0 in the 50th minute. The Red Storm and Cardinals both gained possession but neither were able to get anything started.
The Cardinals kept possession for the final 22 minutes of the match and began to attack. Rolfe had another shot in the 78th minute but the Red Storm was able to collect his header. A minute later Nick DeLeon had a chance that was collected. Two minutes later Rolfe sent one high. St. John's gained possession in the final minute to keep the Cardinals from scoring the equalizer.
Both teams finished with seven shots, while the Cardinals held a 4-2 shots on goal advantage. St. John's finished with a 6-1 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save while Rafael Diaz finished with four saves.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as they host the USF Bulls at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.