Oct. 20, 2012
Louisville, Ky, - The 21st ranked Louisville Men's Soccer team (10-4-1, 6-1-0) was able to hold off a feisty Villanova team to earn a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. Junior Andrew Farrell scored the only goal of the game off a penalty kick rebound in the 36th minute of the match. With the win, Louisville was able to secure the top seed in the BIG EAST Red Division.
The Cardinals came out of the gate by applying consistent pressure on the Wildcats. Louisville displayed great ball movement and passing which led to six shots on goal. Senior Greg Cochrane had the team's first attempt in the 15th minute, but his shot was saved by Villanova's John Fogarty. The Cards didn't let up as Dylan Mares dished the ball to Cochrane for another shot on goal but once again Fogarty was able to collect the attempt. Later in the first half Villanova was able to gain momentum and maneuver the ball down the field with a series of passes which led to a throw-in for the Wildcats. Off the throw-in, Villanova had several chances to score the first goal but failed to gain possession as Cardinal keeper Mike Mauro was able to clear it from the box.
As play continued in the first half, Will Vitalis was fouled inside the penalty box by the Wildcats that led to a penalty kick for the Cardinals. Farrell lined up his shot, but the goal keeper was able to dive and block the kick. Farrell stuck with the play and gathered the rebound to head in the first goal of game to give the Cards a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Louisville led Villanova with a 10-4 shot advantage. For the Cardinals, Mauro went untested in the first half while Fogarty ended with five saves.
As the second half got underway, Mauro came up with two big saves for the Cards. His first save happen when Kyle Soroka sent a shot towards the goal in the 60th minute. Mauro was then tested again nine minutes later as Hayden Harr fired a shot attempt that was gathered for his second save of the match.
Behind Mauro's two saves and the consistent team play, Louisville earned a hard fought win over the Wildcats. The Cardinals finished with a 16-9 shot advantage and a 6-3 corner kick advantage. Fogarty finished the match with seven saves and Mauro preserved his shutout with two saves.
The Cardinals will wrap up the home slate on Wednesday, Oct. 24 against UC Irvine at 7:00 p.m.