Cardinal Soccer Falls to Saint Louis

Cardinal Soccer Falls to Saint Louis

Credit: Jeff Reinking/University of Louisville

Cardinal Soccer Falls to Saint Louis

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by Kim Pemberton, University of Louisville

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 8:24 AM

The Louisville men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Saint Louis Tuesday night at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The Billikens improve to 3-1-0 on the year while Louisville falls to 1-2-0.

The Cardinals had the first opportunity of the game when Dylan Mares hit a shot in the 17th minute that the Saint Louis keeper barely got his hands on for the save.  Saint Louis responded with a shot by Robbie Kristo that hit the post in the 19th minute.  Mares had another shot on goal in the 24th minute.  Saint Louis had several shots but did not have another shot on goal in the half.

The first half finished in a scoreless tie.  Saint Louis finished with a 9-3 shot advantage in the first half and a 6-0 corner kick advantage.  Saint Louis keeper Nick Shackelford finished with two saves while Joachim Ball was never tested.

The Cards wasted no time in the second half as Greg Cochrane had a shot blocked and Mares came up with the deflection and shot it at the goal but it was saved by Shakelford in the 46th minute.  Saint Louis had a shot on goal in the 51st minute but Ball came up with the save.

In the 65th minute Adnan Gabeljic delivered the game's only goal. Gabeljic gained possession and carried the ball two-thirds the length of the pitch and fired the shot from the right for the score.

The Cardinals best opportunity came in the 80th minute when Isaiah Trejo had a shot on goal but could not capitalize.  The Billikens finished with an 11-6 shot advantage  and an 8-3 corner kicks advantage.  Shackelford finished with four saves while Ball finished with one.

Louisville will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 8 against Army at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.  The game is the first of five straight home games for the Cards. 

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