Oct. 24, 2009
Louisville, Ky. - No. 8/11 Louisville men's soccer team defeated BIG EAST foe Rutgers 2-0 Saturday night in Cardinal Park to record their 11th shutout of the season. Louisville improves to 11-2-2 overall and 6-2-1 in BIG EAST play, while Rutgers drops to 7-8-0 overall and 4-5-0 in the league. Before the game, there was a special ceremony for the seven seniors on the team for Senior Day.
The Cardinals came out flat to start the game with Rutgers pressuring the defense. The first save of the night was by senior midfielder Freddie Braun who launched the ball out of the box after a rebound off goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux. Louisville seemed to wake up after that with sophomore forward Colin Rolfe registering a shot on goal in the 18th minute off a cross from Paolo DelPiccolo heading the ball right at Rutgers goalkeeper Alex Morgan. DelPiccolo followed close after with his own shot on goal in the 22nd minute. Boudreaux collected his only save of the night in the 40th minute, closing out the first period.
Louisville finished the first period with a 6-3 shot advantage, but the game was for the most part equal on both sides with the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights having the same number of corner kicks and saves. Morgan recorded two saves for Rutgers, while Boudreaux finished with his only save of the night and a team save off Braun's deflection.
The Cardinals brought much more intensity to start the second period with several early chances to score. In the 48th minute, senior midfielder Gerardo Chavez broke away from the defenders blasting a shot at the Rutgers goalkeeper who recorded a save stopping the ball, but allowed a rebound shot from Chavez that sailed just above the crossbar.
Louisville finally struck in the 58th minute when J.T. Murray lobbed the ball into the box from just inside the midfield line to DelPiccolo, who wheel kicked the ball in midair to put the ball in the back of the net, putting the Cardinals up 1-0. Rolfe had several chances in the second half to score with two shot on goals in back-to-back minutes. He finally connected on a cross from Chavez from the right side of the box, tapping in the goal just past the outstretched arms of Morgan.
Louisville finished with an 18-4 shot advantage, along with a 3-1 corner kick advantage. The Scarlet Knights finished with four saves while Boudreaux was never really tested in the second period not having to collect a save. He recorded his 11th shutout of the year which gives him the school-record for shutouts in a season.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. to take on long-time rival and BIG EAST opponent Cincinnati.