Louisville Men’s Soccer falls to Virginia Tech 2-1 in overtime Monday, Nov 2 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team (1-5-1) lost a tough one on Oct. 30. A 93rd-minute goal by the Hokies gave the Cardinals their fifth loss of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch was excellent in the goal for the Cardinals. He set a new career-high on Friday with ten saves. Gelnovatch’s ten saves were the most saves by a Louisville player since Dan Williams finished with ten saves against Kentucky in 2006.

The game was scoreless through 45 minutes thanks to Gelnovatch who saved six Virginia Tech shots in the first half. U of L fired two shots at the goal in the first half but neither of them sank.

Virginia Tech (1-1-2) broke the silence in the 57th-minute with a goal, putting the Hokies up 1-0. U of L evened the score in the 72nd-minute via a goal from senior Elijah Amo.

Less than three minutes in the first extra period of the game, Virginia Tech’s Jacob Labovitz netted his second shot to give the Hokies the road victory. Virginia Tech shot 26 shots while the Cardinals only have five attempts.

U of L will finish up their regular season on Nov. 6 in South Bend, Ind. against the Norte Dame Fighting Irish. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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Cardinals lose heartbreaker to No. 4 Norte Dame 12-7 Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville football fell to No. 4 Norte Dame on Oct. 17 in South Bend, Ind. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals, placing them 15th in the ACC conference rankings.

Momentum was teetering throughout the first half. The Fighting Irish were not able to score because of Louisville’s exceptional defense early on. On the other side of the ball, Norte Dame’s defense was holding the Cardinals’ offense in check as well.

The Fighting Irish was able to score two field goals to go up 6-0 by halftime. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left in the second quarter, but sophomore kicker James Turner missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals attempted an onside kick to gain possession back and potentially go up on the Irish. The onside kick was successful until an illegal blocking call was made against the Cardinals. The controversial illegal blocking call changed killed momentum for the Cardinals at the end of the third quarter.

The University of Louisville fell to the Irish 12-7, making the Cardinals 0-4 in ACC conference play.

Junior Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Javian Hawkings carried the ball for 51 yards and had five receptions for 46 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back from their current losing streak when they host the Florida State Seminoles Oct. 24 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Louisville Cross Country schedule released Thursday, Sep 17 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The 2020 season schedule has been released for the University of Louisville’s cross country team. Louisville will compete in three meets this fall before the ACC Cross Country Championships.

U of L will begin their season on Sept. 19 when they head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Irish Classic.

The Cardinals will be back home for their second meet. The “Live in Lou” Classic will be hosted at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Oct. 3. The Greater Louisville Sports Commission is putting on the event for the Cardinals and competing universities.

They will end their regular season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for the UAB Blazer Classic in Hoover, Ala. The event will be held on Oct. 16.

The 2020 ACC Cross Country Championships will be on Oct. 30 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.

Louisville has 10 letterwinners coming back to the men’s team with one newcomer to the squad.

The women’s team will have five returning runners, including 2019 All-ACC Performer Ivine Chemutai and two-time All-American Dorcas Wasike. The women’s squad will also have seven newcomers joining them for the 2020 season.

“I have never been more excited to announce a schedule than this fall,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “We are blessed to have the opportunities in front of us. Our students and staff and extraordinarily grateful for the effort our administration, medical experts and the ACC has put forth to support our cross country program.”

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