LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- The Louisville men’s soccer team defeated Syracuse 2-1 Saturday in front of a record crowd at SU Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 7-4-0 on the year and 3-1-0 in league action while the Orange fall to 9-4-0 on the year and 2-2-0 in BIG EAST play.
“It was a very important conference win for us,” said head coach Ken Lolla. “I was pleased at how we came back after being down a goal early in the match and we showed a lot of character.”
The Orange started out the game aggressive on offense which paid off early. They grabbed the lead initially in the third minute, when Jordan Vale headed in a Jordan Murrell corner kick. Vale flew to the ball and knocked it to the back of the net. Brock Granger had a shot on goal in the 14th minute that was saved by the SU keeper Alex Bono. Mike Mauro then saved a shot in the 20th minute. The Cardinals gained the majority of possession in the next eight minutes.
Santiago Velez sent a header in from Paolo DelPiccolo’s corner kick but was saved by the Orange keeper. The offensive pressure paid off for the Cardinals in the 28th minute, as Greg Cochrane received the ball inside the box from Dylan Mares and tapped it by Bono. A minute later Will Vitalis tested Bono again but he came up with the save. The Cardinals continued to keep possession and DelPiccolo tested the keeper again in the 41st minute but was unable to convert it into a goal.
Louisville finished the first half with an 8-6 shot advantage and a 4-3 corner kick advantage. Mauro finished with two saves while Bono had four in the first period.
The second period was played pretty even. In the 70th minute Zach Foxhoven drove the ball through the Syracuse defense and chipped it in from nine yards out to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. Three minutes later Syracuse’s Grant Chong had a shot at the equalizer but Mauro came up with the save. The Louisville defense held tough and did not allow another Orange shot on goal for the win.
Both teams finished with 13 shots, with Syracuse held a 7-5 edge in the second half. Louisville finished with a 4-3 corner kick advantage. Mauro finished with three saves while Bono finished with four.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 10 as they host No. 14 Indiana in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.