LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's soccer team knocked off its rival and No. 9 Kentucky 3-0, Tuesday night, in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass State inside Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. The win was the first for the Cardinals under head coach John Michael Hayden.
Emil Elveroth scored his first goal as a Cardinal just 1:49 into the game. Elveroth buried home the rebound off of Cherif Dieye's shot attempt. It was the earliest the Cardinals have scored a goal since Dieye scored at the 4:42 mark against Georgia State on Aug. 28 of last year.
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In the 20th minute, Leonard Getz drew a foul inside the UK box, awarding Louisville a penalty kick. Louka Masset drilled the ball home for his first goal of the season, and giving the Cards a 2-0 lead at halftime.
In the 57th minute, Elijah Amo was shown his second yellow card of the match, resulting in an ejection and putting the Cardinals down a man for the final 33 minutes of the game.
Despite playing a man down, Louisville recorded more shots on goal in the final 33 minutes, 4-3, than the Wildcats.
Dieye capped off the night with a goal of his own, as Elveroth found him with a long pass down the left sideline. Dieye sprinted pass his defender, and slipping the ball past the UK goalkeeper into the far right post.
In goal, Jake Gelnovatch recorded a pair of saves in the victory. Cody Cochran made a defensive save in the fifth minute, stopping what would have been a UK goal, but the senior defender swooped in at the last minute to keep the ball from crossing the goal line.
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The Cards earned their first win over the Wildcats since 2015, and the three goals scored were the most since a 4-2 win over the Cats in 2007.
Louisville now hits the road for the first time this season as it begins a three-match road trip. First up, the Cardinals travel to Florida Atlantic Friday, September 6, for a 7:30 p.m. match.