March 22, 2014
Senior Nolan Moore (right) scored the first goal in Saturday night's 2-2 draw with Indy Eleven at Cardinal Park.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville men's soccer team opened its five-game spring schedule with a 2-2 draw against professional team Indy Eleven on Saturday night at Cardinal Park.
Seniors Nolan Moore (New Westminster, B.C.) and Will Vitalis (Crestwood, Ky.) scored goals for the Cardinals, who are scheduled to play five matches this spring. Saturday's exhibition was also a benefit match with the proceeds being donated to Family Scholar House.
"I was pleased with our effort and with a lot of what we did tonight, especially with it being our first time out this spring," said head coach Ken Lolla, who is entering his ninth season leading the Cardinals. "It was disappointing that we didn't finish it off and gave up the late goal for the draw, but it's certainly something to build on."
Following a scoreless first half, Louisville struck first in the second half when Moore took a pass from junior Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz.) and scored past Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht from 12 yards away for the 1-0 lead in the 54th minute. Indy Eleven then evened the score at 1-1 in the 71st minute when Don Smart scored inside the left post on a free kick from 23 yards out.
The Cardinals moved back ahead in the 78th minute when Vitalis connected on the second of his back-to-back shots for the 2-1 lead. After Nicht stopped the first attempt, the rebound rolled directly back to Vitalis, who made the most of the second chance with the goal. However, Indy Eleven had the final answer in the 89th minute when Ben Spencer scored past Louisville senior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) on a pass from Walter Ramirez for the 2-2 draw.
Indy Eleven finished with a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal as Ball finished with five saves for the Cardinals. Corner kicks were even at 3-3, while Indy Eleven was whistled for 13 fouls to Louisville's 12.
The Cardinals will continue their exhibition schedule against Lindsey Wilson on March 30 at 5 p.m., ET in the final home match of the spring. On April 6, Louisville will take to the road for a match against the Columbus Crew and that will be followed by a visit to SIU-Edwardsville on April 12. The spring schedule will end for the Cardinals on April 19 at Akron.
About the Matchup with Indy Eleven
The proceeds from Saturday's match will be donated to Family Scholar House, a nonprofit organization based in Louisville. Its mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. By transitioning student parents from poverty to self-sufficiency, they are able to provide a better life for themselves and their children. More information on Family Scholar House is available online at www.familyscholarhouse.org.
Indy Eleven, a newly formed professional soccer team based in Indianapolis that will debut later this year in the North American Soccer League, was launched on Jan. 16, 2013, to play in the North American Soccer League, beginning with the 2014 season. Originally born under the Indy Pro Soccer moniker, the club officially adopted its Indy Eleven identity in April 2013.
2014 Louisville Soccer Season Ticket Information
Season tickets for the University of Louisville's inaugural season at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and in the Atlantic Coast Conference are currently went on sale to the general public at Saturday night's match. The 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets will provide admission to both men's and women's regular season matches. Click here to learn more about 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets or click here to see the 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets brochure.