No. 11/12 Men's Soccer Defeats No. 3/5 USF 1-0 in Cardinal Park
Oct. 7, 2009
*Courtesy of Louisville Athletics
Louisville, Ky. - The No. 11/12 Louisville men's soccer team defeated No. 3/5 South Florida 1-0 Wednesday evening in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals improve to 7-1-2 on the season and 4-1-1 in the BIG EAST while USF drops to 7-2-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league play.
"I felt like our depth and pressure really wore on them," said head coach Ken Lolla. "We had a lot of chances early and I knew our time would come. They got stretched and Colin did a great job of beating the defender for the goal."
The Cardinals controlled the tempo from the start of the game. The Cardinals had a chance to score in the 42nd minute when Luis Pacheco-Marin blasted a shot from about 25 yards but USF keeper Jeff Attinella came up with the save. Louisville finished the first period with a 5-1 shot advantage and a 3-0 corner kick advantage.
Louisville keep up the pressure in the second half and it paid off in the 84th minute. JT Murray crossed the ball to a streaking Colin Rolfe who beat his defender to score from 15 yards out for the game-winner. Mark Knight almost struck again in the 85th minute for the Cards but Attinella made the save.
The Cardinal defense held strong in the final minutes not allowing the Bulls to get a shot off. Cardinal keeper Andre Boudreaux collected his seventh shutout of the season. Louisville finished the game with an 11-4 shot advantage and an 8-0 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save while Attinella finished with two.
Louisville will be back in action as they host Syracuse Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.