Oct. 18, 2011
Louisville, Ky. - The No. 13 Louisville men's soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 9 USF on Tuesday night in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals fell behind 3-0 early in the first half after scoring two own goals and were unable to recover. USF improves to 10-2-2 on the year and 5-0-1 in BIG EAST play while the Cardinals fall to 8-5-1 on the year and 1-4-1 in league play.
USF got on the board when Kevin Olali scored at the 1:47 minute mark off a deflection. After the goal the Bulls kept the offensive pressure on the Cardinals. The Bulls had the wind at their advantage, blowing south toward their intended goal in the first half.
The wind played a role in the second goal by the Bulls. In the 13th minute the Cardinal defense cleared a corner kick from the goal mouth but it blew into the goal putting the Bulls up 2-0. Then in the 20th minute the Louisville defense went to clear a ball and slid it into the goal past Andre Boudreaux.
Twenty seconds after the third goal, Nick DeLeon brought the ball up the right side of the field and blasted one past the keeper for the goal, but it was called back due to an offsides call. USF went into the locker room with a 3-0 lead.
Louisville finished the half with a 12-5 shot advantage. Boudreaux finished with three saves while USF's Chris Blais finished with one.
The Cardinals came out the second half attacking the USF defense. Louisville kept possession the majority of the final period but could not convert on its chances. In the 60th minute, Colin Rolfe was taken down from behind just inside the box. Rolfe had to be carried off the field.
The Cards were awarded a penalty kick but no card was issued to USF. DeLeon took the penalty kick from the Cardinals and blasted it past Blais into the top left corner of the net. Louisville continued to press offensively but the Bulls had packed it in defensively to hold off the Cardinals.
Louisville finished the game with a 25-10 shot advantage but only had two shots on goal. USF held a 5-2 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with five saves while Blais finished with one save.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 22 against Rutgers at 7:00 p.m. The game is senior night for the Cardinals.