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 falls to Temple 2-1 Thursday, Oct 24 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez — 
Louisville lost to Temple University 2-1, in a non-conference matchup on Oct. 22.
Louisville’s (7-5-2, 2-3-1) defense came in hot in the first half, but was unable to recover from Temple’s (6-6-1, 2-1-1) two goals in the second half. Junior Liam Bennett scored the sole Cardinal goal of the game, and his first goal of the season.
Both teams were scoreless in the first half. Senior Cherif Dieye almost scored, but Temple goalie Simon Lefebvre blocked it.
Junior Emil Elveroth almost scored with a bottom left shot, but Lefebvre saved it again. Louisville outshot Temple 5-0.
 
Temple got to the scoreboard first with a corner kick goal in the second half. Near the end of the second half Dieye assisted Bennett with a cross kick from the right side of the goal line. Bennett tapped the ball into the lower left corner of the net, securing the goal.
The Cardinals tried to get a game winning goal before the clock ran out, shooting four shots in 10 minutes. The Cards were unable to get the upper hand.
The Owls scored their game winning shot with less than four minutes left in regulation by Temple senior Lukas Fernandes
Temple scored with less than four minutes in regulation with a goal by senior Lukas Fernades. Louisville was unable to get another in the goal.
Dieye led the offense with six shots total with two shots on goal and one goal scoring assist. Louisville outshot Temple 14-7 and 5-3. Accuracy on the offense was a sore spot with the Temple defense on the lock.
 
The Cardinals will travel to North Carolina on Friday Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. to take on the University of North Carolina in their seventh ACC matchup this season.
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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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Soccer claims first win over No. 9 Kentucky Wednesday, Sep 4 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

Louisville men’s soccer came out with a 3-0 victory against No. 9 Kentucky, marking the Cardinal’s first win under head coach John Michael Hayden.

After tying Cleveland State last weekend 2-2, Louisville was looking to put a win on the board against the rival Cats.

Junior Emil Elveroth scored the opening goal just two minutes into the game, giving Louisville a head start.

A goal by Louka Masset off of a penalty kick helped jump start the Card’s 2-0 lead against the Cats.

Coming out with a lead at half-time, Louisville headed into half-time with confidence.

“We were confident, some of the things we had discussed came off, application was there, the guys applied it. There was an urgency and intensity about what we were doing and it led to goals early,” Hayden said.

“It’s all about mentality. When you’re up 2-0 after a match against Cleveland State, there’s a drop. We took our foot off the pedal, there was a lack of just overall mentality. It was clear we were not going to let that happen again tonight.”

Louisville started the second half with a red card on junior Elijah Amo. Despite this, the Cardinals were able to shut out Kentucky for the rest of the game man-down.

Senior Cherif Dieye then scored his first goal of the season with four shots on goal.
“From this perspective, it’s awesome. It’s what we need. This group is special, the win against Kentucky is just the beginning for this group,” Hayden said.

Dieye shared his opinion on the win against Kentucky with humor.

“This was just karma,” Dieye said. “The team was more aware this time around of what we had to do, we showed a great mentality, especially in the second half after we had a player down.”

Louisville’s strong start at the beginning was a way for the team to make a bold statement against a team they lost 3-0 against last year.

Louisville men’s soccer will play against Virginia Tech at Lynn Stadium Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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