Louisville downs No. 2 Syracuse in OT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville's Jerry Ramirez connected on a header with less than four minutes remaining in the first overtime period to lift the Cardinals to a 2-1 win against No. 2 Syracuse on Friday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
At the 96:18 mark, freshman Tim Kubel fired a free kick from more than 30 yards out connecting with Ramirez who headed the ball into the goal inside the right post. The Cardinals improved to 7-5-1 overall and 4-2-0 in ACC play while the Orange fall to 12-2-0 (4-2-0 conference).
"Scoring the goal in overtime was like a dream because of the atmosphere and it was a great compliment to the fans -- it was tremendous," Kubel said. "I smacked the ball perfectly and Jerry smashed it up and headed it in and it was just pure emotion. It was unbelievable and I have never experienced something like that."
Kubel continued his strong play of late scoring his fifth goal of the season to go along with the assist on the match-winner by Ramirez. With the Orange up 1-0 in the second half, Kubel pulled Louisville even in the 79th minute after connecting on his second penalty kick of the week. Four of the freshman's five goals this season have come in the last five matches, including goals in each of the last three outings.
Louisville finished the match with a 10-8 shot advantage, including a 4-3 edge on goal. The Cardinals also enjoyed a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Louisville is 2-1 at home against top-five ranked opponents this season.