(NEWS RELEASE) -- The No. 22/24 Louisville men’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. The Cardinals fall to 5-4 on the year and 1-1 in BIG EAST action. Rutgers improves to 5-3 on the year and 1-1 in BIG EAST play.
The Cardinals started the game with offensive pressure. Dylan Mares had the first shot on goal in the sixth minute of play then Greg Cochrane came back with one in the seventh minute. Brock Granger had a shot deflected over the cross bar in the 13th minute. Cochrane had a shot from the far left side that was saved by the Rutgers keeper in the 15th minute.
The Louisville pressure paid off in the 18th minute when Cochrane received a cross from Will Vitalis in the middle of the field and sent it through the net for the first goal of the match, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. After the goal the Cardinals’ score the offensive pressure seem to let up and Rutgers took advantage. The Scarlet Knights Max Moller found the back of the net heading the ball in off a deflection in the 27th minute to knot the game at 1-1.
The Cardinals finished the first half with two more chances but couldn’t convert. Freshman Marlon Hairston sent a shot just wide in the 34th minute while Cochrane had a shot on goal in the 41st minute. Louisville finished the first half with an 8-4 shot advantage and a slight 3-2 corner kick advantage. Cardinal keeper Mike Mauro finished with two saves while Kevin McMullen finished with five saves to end the period.
The second half started off with even play. In the 59th minute Rutgers’ Kene Eze got behind the Cardinal defense and sent a slow roller into the net to take a 2-1 lead. The Scarlet Knights had another shot by Moller in the 68th minute but Mauro grabbed the save. Andrew Farrell moved to the front late in the second half while the Cardinals looked to score the equalizer.
Farrell had a header go just wide in the 78th minute. Then Farrell played a ball to Alex Obbey a few seconds later but his shot was blocked by a Rutgers’ defender. The Cardinals had three straight corner kicks in the final minutes but were unable to convert.
Louisville finished with an 11-8 shot advantage and an 8-4 corner kick advantage. Mauro finished with three saves while McMullen finished with five.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Wed., Oct. 3 as they host DePaul in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.