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.

Photo by Anna Claire Will / The Louisville Cardinal

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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.

Photo by Anna Claire Will / The Louisville Cardinal

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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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Louisville Men’s Soccer Holds off NKU in Overtime Tuesday, Oct 15 2019 

For the first time since 1988 Louisville and NKU met up. Louisville (6-4-2, 1-3-1) tops Northern Kentucky (4-7-1, 2-3). Both teams were coming off losses in hopes of changing that luck tonight. The Cards fell to #11 Clemson 4-0 on October 1st at Clemson.

Senior midfielder, Cherif Dieye coming into tonight’s game leads in goals; 5, points; 12, shots; 45, and tied in the lead with assists; 2.

The Cards were excited to be back in front of their home crowd as they are, (4-1-1) at home. The biggest factor for Louisville tonight seemed to be NKU was not ranked. Three of the Cards four home wins have come against now #9 Kentucky, #17 Virginia Tech and the best win of the year against then #1 now #2 Georgetown in a thrilling double overtime game. The Cards look to tack on another win and go on a streak to end their season with their last game being on November 1st.

At the end of the first half the score is the same as it was 45 minutes ago. Louisville seemed to have control but never could take advantage of it. They out shot the Norse of Northern Kentucky 11 to 4 while only 3 of those shots were on goal. Junior goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch just had 1 shot on goal he had to manage in the first half. Cherif Dieye led the charge with 4 shots putting 3 on goal for NKU keeper to stop. The most even stat found in the first half was the 7 fouls committed by both the Cards and the Norse. Redshirt Sophomore Cameron Wheeler missed a header just left of the net on a great pass from Sophomore William Portman at the 17:53 minute mark. An offsides with less than a minute remaining stopped the break the Cards were on looking to score before the end of the half.

The second half started off slow for both teams. The Cards seemed to take full advantage of time of possession in the later park of the second half but could never get ahead while doing so. A yellow card issued to redshirt junior Connor Brazil with under fifteen minutes remaining looked like it would shift momentum for NKU but that was never the case. Both teams were getting frustrated towards the end of the second half and another yellow card was issued to NKU. While Louisville controlled the second half, they missed multiple opportunities including two great shot opportunities inside two minutes that sent the teams to overtime.

Louisville went into overtime with 20 shots to NKU’s 4 that stayed the same since the first half.

Louisville Junior Emil Elveroth scores with 4:14 remaining in the first overtime to give Louisville the win. The goal was assisted by junior Izaiah Jennings.

The Cards stay home at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium in their next match looking to take another win. They will face off against ACC opponent, Boston College this Friday at 7:30pm.

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No. 16 Louisville shuts out No. 9 Clemson 1-0 Tuesday, Oct 15 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville upset No. 9 Clemson 1-0 on Thursday at Lynn Stadium. The game winning goal in the first half brought the Cardinals 11-1, 4-1, and dropped the Tigers 8-3-1, 2-3.

In the first half the Cardinals came in hot, with a goal by senior Callie McKinney in the first 3 mins of the game. The goal was assisted by a corner kick from senior Allison Whitfield. The Cardinals led the offensive in the first half, ending with 5 shots, while Clemson had 2.

Even though Louisville had the opportunity to gain on their lead, Clemson goalkeeper Sandy MacIver made it difficult for Cards to find the net. The first half ended with the Cardinals in the lead 1-0.

The second half saw Clemson push their offensive with 8 shots. Even though the Tigers pushed their offensive. The Tigers could not get past the Cardinals, who played a tough defensive. The Cardinals ended the second half with 3 saves, while the Tigers had 1.

The Cardinals had their best chance to score in the 87th minute. Emina Ekic shot inside the box with an assist by Whitfield, but was blocked. This period did not see any goals. The Cardinals finished regulation 1-0.

Even though Clemson outshot Louisville 10-7, they were not able to find the net. Cardinal’s goal keeper junior Gabrielle Kouzelos proved instrumental to the defense, ending the game with 4 saves, blocking any Clemson goals.

The Cardinals will be in action on Sunday, Oct. 13 against Notre Dame. They will play at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

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No. 17 Men’s soccer upsets No. 2 Georgetown in double overtime Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–
Louisville (4-1-2, 1-1) men’s soccer defeated No.2 Georgetown (6-1, 0-1) in double overtime 1-0. This will mark Louisville’s fourth win, ending Georgetown’s six game winning streak.
Senior Kino Ryosuke scored the game winning goal in double overtime.
 
This was senior Cherif Dieye’s first game after being named ACC Offensive Player of the week, from scoring a pair of goals on Virginia Tech granting Louisville a win
 
Louisville’s goalie Jake Gelnovatch was a golden token to the defensive line, completing the game with two saves.
 
The first half saw a power struggle between the Cards and Hoyas. Even though the Cardinals had multiple shot attempts, Georgetown’s defense deflected any chance for the Cards to score. Both offensives played hard, each corresponding five shot attempts. The Cardinals were close to scoring a goal, with two shots on goal, while the Hoyas only had one. Neither teams were able to find the net, finishing the half 0-0.
 
In the second half, the Cardinals stepped up their offensive, still having difficulties breaking through Georgetown defensive set. Both teams played an intense offense, with each finishing the half with four shots. After many close calls, neither team scored a goal, completing regulation with a tied score of 0-0.
 
Players were losing energy as they went into overtime, then double overtime.  
 
In the 106 minute, Kino Ryosuke scored the only goal of the game, assisted by senior Cody Cochran and senior Louka Masset
 
Head coach John Michael Hayden commented on the team’s ability that was featured in the game.  Hayden said, “I believe that we are capable of beating anybody in the country, but it’s about us being on our game and tonight you saw a little bit of that.”
 
Men’s soccer will be facing off North Carolina State in their 3rd ACC game at Lynn Stadium, Sept. 27 at 7:30.
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No. 20 Women’s soccer takes steps in historic season Monday, Sep 23 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

The Cardinals (7-1) broke their seven game winning streak by losing to No. 4 North Carolina 0-3. 

Last season the women’s soccer team lost their six game streak against Perdue in 2018, with a final score of 1-2. This year, the Cardinals will not be going up against the Boilmakers, however ACC competition will still be intense.

In her 20 seasons as head coach, Karen Ferguson-Hayes has brought up the team’s record nearly every year.

The women’s soccer team has now been to the NCAA tournament four times and finished near the top of the conference. 

In last year’s season, Louisville lost against No. 4 North Carolina, losing 1-5. 

Head coach Ferguson-Dayes commented on what the team will be looking for in terms of improvement, stating that energy in the second half was a weakness for the Cards, including not having as many substitutions for players as the opposing teams. Improving the teams stamina along with strategic play-by-plays is something to focus on moving forward in the season.

With Louisville facing off against Syracuse (2-4-2) next, soccer fans hold their breath in anticipation to see if they will win an ACC division game. Syracuse lost to Auburn, making them 0-1 in ACC play. 

The next match will be held Sept. 26 at Syracuse. 

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