LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- The Louisville men’s soccer team upset No. 4/9 Notre Dame 2-1 in the BIG EAST opener Saturday night in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals improve to 5-3-0 on the year and 1-0-0 in BIG EAST action. The Fighting Irish fall for the first time this season for an overall record of 7-1-0 and a BIG EAST record of 0-1-0.
The first half was played pretty even by both teams. In the 33rd minute Will Vitalis had a shot on goal and the keeper deflected it right to Dylan Mares who headed the ball in for the score. After the Cardinals pulled ahead, Notre Dame started to apply offensive pressure looking for the equalizer. In the 39th minute Harrison Shipp sent one to the goal but Mike Mauro came up with the save to preserve the Louisville lead.
Notre Dame finished the first half with a slight 8-6 shot advantage and a 3-0 corner kick advantage. Mauro finished the first period with one save while Will Walsh finished with one save as well.
Notre Dame continued the offensive pressure in the second half. In the 62nd minute a Notre Dame player fell down in the box and Andrew Farrell tripped over him and was called for a foul. Ryan Finney took the penalty kick and scored t equalizer for the Irish.
Three minutes later the Irish’s Dillon Powers had a chance to take the lead but Mauro collected the ball for the save. The Cardinals gained possession in the in the 73rd minute and had two corner kicks before a player was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Farrell stepped up to take the penalty kick and sent it past the keeper for the game-winner. After taking over the lead the Cardinals kept possession for majority of time not allowing the Irish any shots on goal.
Notre Dame finished the game with a 17-11 shot advantage, while the Cardinals held a 4-3 shot on goal advantage. Louisville finished with a 6-5 corner kick advantage. Both Mauro and Walsh finished with two saves apiece.
Louisville will have a week off before traveling to Rutgers on Sept. 30 for a televised match on CBS College Sports at 1:00 p.m.