Oct. 26, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior Nolan Moore connected for the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift the No. 6 Louisville men's soccer team to a 2-1 road win over Memphis on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
With their fifth road victory of the season, the Cardinals improved to 10-3-2 overall and remained in sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference standings with 16 points and a 5-1-1 record. Memphis dropped to 9-7-1 overall and 3-5-0 in conference matches.
Saturday's win also marked the seventh straight season Louisville has won at least 10 matches extending the longest such streak in school history. With only one conference match remaining against USF at home on Sunday, Nov. 3, the Cardinals enter the final week of the regular season in control of their own destiny in the race for the American Athletic Conference regular season championship.
"It was a great team effort tonight and a wonderful response to our last game," said head coach Ken Lolla, who earned his 98th win in his eighth season with the Cardinals. "It was a very good conference win on the road."
With the score even at 1-1, Moore (New Westminster, B.C./Cal Poly) closed a frenetic second half when he corralled a pass from senior Zack Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo./UCLA) inside the 18-yard box and scored past Memphis goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui in the 88th minute (87:42) for the decisive goal. For Moore, it was his second goal of the season and his second game-winner, while the assist for Foxhoven was his second.
The Cardinals' game-winning goal came a little more than 18 minutes after Memphis had tied the game at 1-1 in the 70th minute of play when Fakhry Khulfan connected on a header off a cross into the box for his second goal of the season. Liam Collins and Shane Keely were credited with assists on the goal which culminated a furious offensive flurry for the Tigers.
After the two teams played a scoreless first half, Louisville broke through for the first goal of the night in the 58th minute when sophomore Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) connected on a penalty kick after Uzcategui was whistled for a foul in the box. It was the team-leading sixth goal of the season for Velazco, who is also 2-for-2 on penalty kicks this season.
Overall, Louisville finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots, including a 6-5 edge in shots on goal, as well as a 7-2 cushion in corner kicks. Memphis was whistled for eight fouls, while the Cardinals were called for four. Having played in goal for every minute this season, junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) had four saves in the win, while Uzcategui had four stops in the loss.
Up next, Louisville returns home to host Saint Louis on Thursday at 7 p.m., in a non-conference match before USF visits Cardinal Park on Sunday (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m., in an American Athletic Conference matchup to close the regular season.
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