LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Top-ranked defeated No. 6 UCLA 2-0 on Saturday evening in front of a record crowd of 7,821 at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals got on the board early in both halves to register their first shutout of 2011.
The Cardinals scored in the sixth minute off a Bruin own goal. Kenney Walker shot the ball inside the box and UCLA’s Ryan Hollingshead headed the ball past the keeper for the own goal.
The first half was a defensive battle as each team finished with one shot on goal. Both teams also finished the half with five shots. UCLA held a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
The Cardinal attack heated up in the second half. Senior All-American Colin Rolfe scored in the second minute of the second half to give the Cardinals an insurance goal. Walker served Rolfe the ball 20 feet out and he chipped the ball over the keeper for the goal.
Walker had a chance off a free kick in the 52nd minute but the UCLA keeper came up with the save. Ryan Smith had another chance a minute later that was also saved. In the 62nd minute Rolfe got free from his defender and sent a ball into the center of the box that was saved. Smith had another shot in the 63rd minute that was saved as well.
Louisville finished the game with 11 shots, including six on goal. UCLA finished with nine shots, with two on goal. Cardinal keeper Andre Boudreaux finished with two saves while UCLA’s Brian Rowe finished with four saves.
The Cardinals will be back in action as they travel to Wake Forest Sept. 2 at 8:00 p.m ET.