Men’s soccer off to a bumpy season start Thursday, Oct 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville men’s soccer collected another tough loss Oct. 24 at the hands of talented ACC rival Pittsburgh. The Cardinals find themselves in a 1-4-1 on the season, including a 1-3 record in the ACC standings.

Although the Cardinals’ record needs work, we have witnessed excellent improvement on the offensive side of the ball for Louisville this season. Junior Pedro Fonseca has been trigger happy and playing healthy. Fonseca has taken eleven shots attempts, booted for seven points, and has swished three goals so far this season.

Senior Elijah Amo has also been an important facet of Louisville’s offense. Amo has put up a pair of goals this season, sinking two of his three goal attempts this season.

On the defensive side of the field, it is no secret that the Cardinals’ goalkeeping needs some work. Louisville has tried to rotate in three different goalkeepers to try and accumulate more saves, but the struggle has continued.

The Cardinals mend to snap their two-game losing streak on Oct. 30 when they host Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. A win over the Hokies would give Louisville their second ACC win of the season.

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Louisville soccer and field hockey attendance policies released Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville has announced its protocols for field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer games.

Louisville men’s soccer kicks off their season Sept. 25 against Wake Forest at Dr. Mark Lynn and Cindy Lynn Stadium. U of L field hockey begins their season Sept. 26 at Louisville’s Trager Stadium. Women’s soccer will start their season Oct. 1 when they host Syracuse.

Trager Stadium will have its capacity limited to 20 percent. All home games for field hockey can be watched or streamed for those unable to attend.

Lynn Stadium will be implementing similar guidelines to Trager Stadium. All recreation seating areas will be closed to attendees. This includes the west end of the stadium, the north berm, playground and Boyle-ing Point. Men’s and women’s soccer home games will be recorded live for Cardinal fans.

Tickets will not accessible to the general public at either venue. Tickets will only be available for student-athletes, coaches, the visiting team and a small number of current U of L students.

For both venues, the gates will open one hour before game time. Temperature checks will be done at gates. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to a cool down tent. After ten minutes those guests who have been isolated will be checked again to see if they can enter the venue.

The clear-bag policy for games is still being enforced. Fans can bring a clear Ziploc-type bag or a small tote. All concession stands will be cashless for the season. Masks are to be worn at all times at both Trager and Lynn Stadium. Children ages five or under do not have to wear a mask.

U of L men’s soccer will face off against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Women’s soccer will take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Cardinals’ field hockey starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

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University of Louisville men’s soccer releases season schedule Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer program officially released their schedule for the upcoming fall season on Sept. 4. 

The 11 ACC men’s soccer teams competing in 2020 will play in two regions, with six conference games against regional opponents over a nine-week period. Louisville will be a part of the North Region alongside Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. 

The Cardinals will play two exhibition matches prior to competing in two non-conference games. The rest of the season consists of all ACC games and determines conference standings. The top four teams from each region are eligible to compete in the ACC Tournament.

Louisville Men’s Soccer 2020 Schedule

Sept. 12           vs. Notre Dame             3:00 pm

Sept. 19           at Pitt                              7:00 pm

Sept. 25           WAKE FOREST            7:30 pm

Sept. 28           at Kentucky                   7:30 pm

Oct. 2               NOTRE DAME             7:00 pm

Oct. 9               at Virginia                      7:00 pm

Oct. 16             at Syracuse                     7:00 pm

Oct. 23             PITT                                7:00 pm

Oct. 30             VIRGINIA TECH         7:00 pm

Nov. 6              at Notre Dame              7:00 pm

Nov. 15            ACC Quarterfinals            

Nov. 18            ACC Semifinals  

Nov. 22            ACC Championship          

John Michael Hayden is in his second year at the helm of the Cardinals men’s soccer program. Last year the Cards finished 10-8-2 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons. 

The Cardinals are projected to finish fifth in the North Region of the ACC, as voted by the league’s head coaches. Despite being given the low rank, the Cardinals have junior Pedro Fonseca on the 2020 ACC Preseason Watch List. 

Attendance policies for fans at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium are still being reviewed and approved and will be announced in the days leading up to the first contest. ACC leadership, and its medical advisory group, will continue to meet on a weekly basis to share information and discuss medical issues related to the ACC’s return to play.

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Louisville men’s soccer showcases another impressive recruiting class Monday, Aug 17 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team is coming into the season with yet another impressive recruiting class. According to collegesoccernews.com, U of L ranked sixth in the nation in recruiting class rankings.

Some of the notable additions to the Cardinal’s roster include midfielders Ayden Nocus and Rafael Pinzon, as well as defender Sebastian Falsone.

Nocus comes from Danville, Ky., but spent the last five years playing for FC Dallas Academy. Nocus was a member of the 2018-19 FC Dallas U-17 team that clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy playoffs.

Pinzon signed with U of L out of Mexico City, Mexico. After moving to Canada at a young age, Pinzon debuted for the Canadian youth league in 2017. Pinzon has been a member of the FC Dallas U-19 Academy since 2019. Prior to joining Dallas, he was a member of Pachuca Academy in Mexico.

Falsone comes into U of L as one of the more highly touted players of this year’s recruiting class. Falsone was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic section according to Top Drawer Soccer’s power rankings for 2019-20. Falsone has been apart of DC United Academy since 2018, while also participating as a member of DC United’s USL Championship team.

U of L men’s soccer looks to turn the corner with this impressive recruiting class following the dismissal of three active players on Aug. 7. Their dismissals came after those three players attended an off-campus party on Aug. 1 that resulted in the spread of COVID-19 among student-athletes at the university.

The addition of Nocus and Pinzon will help to fill the shoes of veteran midfielder Cameron Wheeler, who was one of the soccer players dismissed from the team earlier this month.

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LouCity FC to play first game of 2020 restart at Lynn Family Stadium Wednesday, Jul 1 2020 

LouCity will be in Group E when they return to USL Championship play July 12.

        

Louisville City FC makes third-straight USL championship Sunday, Nov 10 2019 

LouCity will host Real Monarchs SLC in the USL Championship at Lynn Stadium Sunday, November 17.

        

Louisville fell to No. 7 Wake Forest on senior night Wednesday, Nov 6 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville lost against Wake Forest 3-1 on Nov. 1 the Cardinal’s senior night. Louisville could not come back from Wake Forest’s two goals early on in the game.

This game recognized No. 25 Louisville’s soccer seniors:  Cody Cochran, Cherif Dieye, Louka Masset, Will Meyers, and Kino Ryosuke.

The Cardinals (8-6-2, 3-4-1) earned No. 6 seed in the ACC Tournament against Virginia Tech.

The first half saw the No. 7 Demon Deacons (13-3-1, 6-2-0) score early on. Masset scored the Card’s sole goal with a right side cross assist from Dieye. Masset scored with a back heel flick, and found the back of the net.  The first half ended 2-1.

In the second half, the Cards fueled their defense. Junior Jake Gelnovatch had his only two saves in the second half, proving vital to the defense.

Wake Forest found the back of the net once again. The Cardinals pushed their offense hard in the final minutes but were unable to secure a goal. The Demon Deacons ended the second half 3-1.

Even though Louisville outshot Wake Forest 10-8, The Demon Deacons had the shots-on-goal advantage 5-2. Dieye led the defense with 3 shots and 1 assist alongside Masset with 2 shots and 1 goal.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. Louisville will face Virginia Tech at Lynn stadium in the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.

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Women’s soccer takes second loss to Virginia Monday, Oct 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville women’s soccer lost to No. 1 Virginia 3-0 at Klockner Soccer Stadium Oct. 24.

This comes as their second ACC loss, losing to University of North Carolina 3-0 earlier in the season.

Virginia (13-0-3) and Louisville (11-2-2) had tension in the first half. The ball bounced between both teams, as the offenses struggled to maintain possession.

The Cavaliers scored their first goal in the first half. Virginia led shots 7-2 to Louisville as the Cardinals struggled to get past the Virginia offense.

Louisville’s only shot on goal occurred in the first half. The Cardinals were not able to gain traction the rest of the game.

UVA scored another two goals in the second half, capitalizing off of a tired Louisville defense. Virginia ended the game with 17 shots compared to only two by Louisville.

The Cardinals had five saves on goal by redshirt junior Gabby Kouzelos for the game.

While this is a hard loss at the end of the season, Virginia is an undefeated team with conference dominance.

The Cardinals play North Carolina State next at Lynn Stadium Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m.

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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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