Scoring a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of action, 11th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team won its third straight match overall with a 3-0 victory over visiting Evansville on Tuesday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
The Cardinals (8-5-1) dominated the match statistically finishing with a 20-3 advantage in shots, including an 8-1 edge in goal against the Purple Aces (4-8-1). Louisville also had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks as they improved to 6-2-1 at home this season.
“It was a wonderful team effort and it was so important on a night like this to get minutes for a lot of guys,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “I think the backline did a very good job tonight and we didn’t give Evansville much. Romy (Hernandez) and Louie (Berra) also did a great job in the midfield of protecting the backline so all in all, the back six were pretty solid tonight.”
The Cardinals wasted little time in taking command on Tuesday night after sophomore Andrew Brody (Orlando, Fla.) scored just 57 seconds into the match for the 1-0 lead. The scoring chance started when freshman Tim Kubel’s shot was stopped but not controlled by Evansville goalkeeper Eric Teppen. The ball then bounced free to the left side of the box where Brody finished inside the left post. It was the second goal of the season for Brody and the fastest goal for the Cardinals since Greg Cochrane scored 54 seconds into a 5-0 win over Winthrop in an NCAA Tournament match at Cardinal Park on Nov. 18, 2012.
Louisville pushed its lead to 2-0 in the eighth minute of play when Kubel (Stuttgart, Germany) converted his third penalty kick of the season – one in each of the last three matches. It was the team-leading sixth goal of the season for Kubel, who has scored a goal in five straight matches overall for the Cardinals.
More than 66 minutes after Kubel’s goal, Louisville extended the advantage to 3-0 when sophomore Ivan Gutierrez (Hallandale Beach, Fla.) finished inside the left post from 10 yards away for his first goal of the season. Senior Daniel Keller (Carmel, Ind.) charged the ball through the left side of the box before sending a crossing pass to the right side where Brody corralled the ball before sending it back across the box to Gutierrez for the finish.
Senior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Villingen-Schwenninge, Germany) needed just one save to earn his 13th career shutout, including the fourth this season. It was Louisville’s first shutout since the 5-0 win over Duke on Sept. 13.
Up next, 11th-ranked Louisville will host an important ACC Atlantic Division matchup with Clemson on Friday at 7:30 p.m., ET at Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals and Tigers are tied, along with Syracuse, atop the Atlantic standings with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season.
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Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for Louisville’s debut season at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and in the ACC are available through the UofL Ticket Office and can be purchased online through My Cardinal Account at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/home.htmI?team=uofl. Ticket prices are $12 for reserved chairback seats (preferred seating) and $9 for general admission berm and bleacher seats. More information on Louisville men’s soccer single game tickets is available online athttp://www.gocards.com/tickets/lou-tickets-soccer.html or by calling (502) GO-CARDS.
Season tickets, which provide admission to both men’s and women’s regular season matches, remain on sale through the UofL Ticket Office. Visit GoCards.com to learn more about 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets. Group tickets for all Louisville matches can be requested by completing the group ticket application at http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/soccer-group-tix.html or by calling (502) 852-0120. Groups consist of 10 or more and tickets start at $4.