LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Andrew Brody scored his first career goal and added his team-leading fifth assist of the season as the 18th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-0 victory over Temple on Saturday night at Cardinal Park.
Playing arguably their most complete game of the season, the Cardinals improved to 6-2-0 overall and 2-0-0 in American Athletic Conference action while the Owls dropped to 6-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league games. Along with the winning streak, Louisville has earned three straight shutouts while not allowing a goal in the last 318 minutes of game action.
“I think it was our best 90 minutes from start to finish this season,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “I thought defensively, we were pretty sound, we created a ton of chances and we moved the ball pretty well. That, along with our athletic ability, caused problems tonight.”
Louisville started the scoring Saturday’s conference home-opener a little more than midway through the first half when senior Ade Akinsanya (Sacramento, Calif./Boston University) gathered a rebound following a shot from sophomore Marlon Hairston (Jackson, Miss./IMG Academy) and scored into the left side of the goal in the 27th minute for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the first of the career for Akinsanya, while Hairston was credited with his first assist of the season.
“It was good to get the win and I think we’ve building off of each win,” said Akinsanya. “As a team, we’ve been pushing each other in practice and we’re all looking to get better in practice. It’s showing the field and I thought that was our best 90 minutes. It’s all coming together for us.”
Following the halftime break, the Cardinals increased their lead to 2-0 in the 61st minute when sophomore Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) took a ball from Brody on a run down the left side of the pitch and scored over the head of Temple goalkeeper Dan Scheck as he charged forward in defense. The goal for Velazco was his third of the season and it increased his team-leading point total to 10.
After contributing his fifth assist of the season on the Velazco goal, Brody connected for the first goal of collegiate career in spectacular fashion finding the back of the net from 22 yards away scoring over the head of Schenk after he charged from his end line position. Overall, Brody is second on the team with seven points this season while starting all eight matches.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) had three saves to clinch his fourth shutout of the season, including the third in a row. Overall, Louisville finished with a season-high 10 shots on goal while earning a 17-11 advantage in shots in the match. Corner kicks were even at 4-4 in the match.
Up next, Louisville takes to the road for a non-conference clash with Ohio State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET in Columbus. That will be followed by a conference match at SMU on Sunday, Oct. 6 in Dallas.
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