(News Release) -- The Cardinals started the game very slow and Kentucky tried to capitalize early. Kristoffer Tollefsen had a ball hit the cross bar in the second minute. The Wildcats had three early shots but were unable to capitalize. The No. 18 Louisville men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Kentucky in front of 5,583 fans in Cardinal Park on Friday night. The crowd was the second largest crowd to witness a match in the stadium. The Cardinals fall to 3-3-0 on the night while Kentucky improves to 2-4-0.
Louisville settled down after the first five minutes and gained possession for most of the half. In the ninth minute Will Vitalis took a cross from Marlon Hairston and shot it straight at the keeper who came up with the save. In the 21st minute Buck Tufty gathered the ball in traffic in the box but Jack Van Arsdale punched it out for the save.
In the 37th minute defender Ade Akinsanya went for the ball just outside the box and took down a UK player and was called for a foul. UK’s Matt Lodge took the free kick and found the back of the net to put the Wildcats up 1-0. The Cardinals were unable to get a look at the net and went into the locker room down 1-0.
Kentucky held a slight 4-3 shot advantage in the first half, while Louisville led 3-1 in shots on goal. The Cardinals also held a 2-0 corner kick advantage.
The Cardinals started out sharper in the second half and applied pressure offensively looking for the equalizer early. Zach Foxhoven wasted no time and had a shot on goal in the 47th minute. Tufty had a shot go just wide in the 50th minute and another blocked by a UK defender in the 54th minute.
Lodge had another shot for the Wildcats in the 57th minute but Cardinal keeper Joachim Ball came up with the save. The best opportunity of the half came when Hairston dribbled through a few defenders and had a shot that was saved by Van Arsdale in the 71st minute.
Hairston had another shot in the box but it was blocked by a UK defender in the 75th minute. Will Vitalis had a shot saved in the 82nd minute. The Cardinals had two corner kicks after the shot but were unable to find the back of the net.
Louisville finished the game with an 11-5 shot advantage, including an 8-1 advantage in the second half. Louisville also held a 9-2 corner kick advantage. Ball finished with one save for the Cardinals while Van Arsdale finished the night with six.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 18 as they host Ohio State at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.