Soccer wraps up regular season against Wake Forest Friday, Oct 25 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville men’s soccer is set to play the final game of the regular season against Wake Forest Friday Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals have a strong 6-2-1 home field advantage against Wake Forest. The Deacons (12-2-1), are highly competitive in the ACC with high profile wins against No. 4 Clemson and No. 20 NC State.

Compared to Wake Forest, Louisville’s (7-5-2) schedule has been more challenging. Louisville has faced off against six nationally ranked teams, while Wake Forest only played three. Louisville has also taken hard fought wins, defeating  No. 2 Georgetown 1-0 in double overtime.

While Louisville upset Georgetown, the Cardinals also took a hard 4-0 loss against Clemson. This makes Louisville a mixed bag. They have the abilities to beat ranked teams, but need to make sure offense and defense is cohesive.

Historically Wake Forest has defeated Louisville eight times, with Louisville only winning against the Deacons three times. In last year’s match against the Deacons, Louisville won 2-1 putting a win in reach.

The Card’s also have five games that have gone into overtime, taking four wins from these games with one tie. This experience gives Louisville the upper hand if the game comes to the wire in overtime.

Senior Cherif Dieye will be leading the offense for Louisville with six goals and four assists. Junior Emil Elveroth will also bring the heat on offense, scoring three goals this season. Between the two they have a combined four game-winning goals.

Dieye specifically has had an excellent year, earning ACC Player of the Week with two game winning scores in one week.

After playing Wake Forest, Louisville will enter the ACC men’s Soccer Championship starting on Tuesday Nov. 5. Their opponent has not been decided.

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Men’s soccer outshoots No.17 Virginia Tech 2-1 Monday, Sep 23 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Men’s soccer took down No. 17 Virginia Tech 2-1 Sept. 20.  This will mark the Cardinals (3-1, 1-1) first ACC win of the season.

Although the first half saw a slow start, senior Cherif Dieye led the team win with two goals in the second half.

The first half of the game, Virginia Tech’s (5-2, 0-2) junior Kristo Strickler scored a goal with less than 10 mins left in the period.  Although the Cardinals had two shots on the goal, the Hokies had the advantage in the first half with a goal over the Cards.

In the second half, the Cardinal’s offensive pressed the Hokies’ backline.  With a long pass from senior Louka Masset, Dieye was able to find the upper right corner of the net and tie the game.

Dieye then stole the ball and dribbled down the center field and shot inside the left post of the net.  In less than five minutes Dieye was able to score twice and led the Cardinals to victory.

Virginia Tech’s goalie junior Mathijs Swaneveld made it hard for the Cardinals to find the net, finishing with six saves.  Louisville’s goalie junior Jake Gelnovatch ended the game with one save.

Louisville outshot Virginia Tech 15-2, with shots on goal 8-2.  Dieye led the offensive with five shot attempts, alongside senior Lamine Conte, freshman Bradley Sample and junior Elijah Amo with a combined six shot attempt.

The Cardinals will be up against No. 3 Georgetown in a non-conference game on Sept. 24 at Lynn Stadium.

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