April 17, 2012
Louisville, Ky. -
The Louisville Cardinals played the Wisconsin Badgers to a scoreless tie on Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park. This result brings the Cards' spring record to 1-2-1 with one game remaining.
A large portion of the game was played in the middle third of the field, with neither team truly able to keep possession in the opponents half for any significant period of time.
The Cardinals had their chances to score but were unable to finish. They finished with six shots on goal. Senior Ryan Smith and Sophomore Will Vitalis had the best chances but were unable to score the game-winning goal.
Smith's first half chance came on a breakaway. After rounding the keeper he had to hold off a defender while trying to get his shot away from a tighter angle. This gave the keeper enough time to recover and deflect the shot over the crossbar.
Vitalis' chance came in the second half. He combined well with Alexander Obbey on top of the box, a feature throughout the spring season, but wasn't able to get enough power on the shot as it was saved.
The Cardinals also created chances from set pieces. They finished the game with four corners kicks. The best opportunity came off a free kick from Paolo DelPiccolo. He served in a cross from the left side that went all the way through the box but no one was able to get on the end of it and put it in the net.
The defense was largely untroubled throughout the game, with goalkeeper Zach Torp only having to make one save. The Wisconsin keeper finished with six saves.
Louisville will wrap up spring play next on Saturday against the UAB in Cardinal Park at 2:00 p.m.
Berry and Rolfe Earn Awards at All-Sports Banquet Monday Night
Austin Berry and Colin Rolfe were recipients of the Ed Kallay Award which is given to the top senior male and female athlete. This year there was a three-way tie for the men's award with Berry and Rolfe sharing the award with Kyle Kuric from the men's basketball team.
Berry was a Top 10 Draft pick in the MLS Super Draft to the Chicago Fire and earned NSCAA All-American honors and All-Great Lakes Region honors for the second consecutive season. He was also named a first team All-BIG EAST selection the last two seasons and was both a Hermann Trophy Candidate and a Lowe's Senior Class nominee.
Rolfe was a first round MLS draft pick for the Houston Dynamo. He earned first team All-Great Lakes Region honors for the third consecutive season. He earned national player of the week honors from all three publications. He was a Hermann Trophy Finalist his junior year and is two-time first team NSCAA All-American.
Berry also received the Cunningham Family Leadership award for the men.