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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U of L football loses to Virginia Tech 42-35 Monday, Nov 2 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team lost at home on Oct. 31 to ACC competitor Virginia Tech 42-35. This moves the Cardinals’ record to 2-5 on the season and puts them in 13th place in the ACC.

The news came out just before the game that a handful of Louisville’s defensive players would be unavailable for the game. Defensive linemen Micah Bland, Ja’Darien Boykin, Malik Clark, Yaya Diaby and Tabarius Peterson were all unavailable. Punter Ryan Harwell, safety Isaiah Hayes and linebacker Monty Montgomery were also unavailable. All of the players were showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Cardinals dug themselves a hole early on going down 21-0 moving into the second quarter. It was no secret early on that the second string Cardinal defense was struggling.

Sophomore Marshon Ford put Louisville on the board first by completing a 14-yard pass from junior Malik Cunningham for a touchdown. Then, just before halftime, sophomore Javian Hawkins broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run. U of L trailed the Hokies 21-14 going in the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Senior Dez Fitzpatrick got the Cards back on track with an 82-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham. With six minutes left in the final quarter, senior Maurice Barkley ran it in for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley’s touchdown tightened the score to 34-28. Six points were as close as the Cardinals would get to Hokies. Both teams tacked on an additional touchdown in the final four minutes, but Virginia Tech took home the victory 42-35.

Cunningham threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns but had three interceptions. Hawkins carried the ball for 129 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Fitzpatrick had a monster game with 158 yards on five catches, one of which was a touchdown. Junior Tutu Atwell had 8 catches for 78 yards.

U of L will attempt to rebound next week when they travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers. That game will be Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on ACC Network.

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Javian Hawkins’ progression fuels Cardinals football Friday, Oct 30 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has received a good amount of production from the running back position. At the beginning of the season, junior running back Hassan Hall appeared to be the starting back for the Cardinals. But after U of L’s 48-16 win over Florida State at home, sophomore Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s running back.

Glimpses of Hawkins’ skill set for the 2020-2021 season appear against the University of Miami. Hawkins carried the ball for 164 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to the Hurricanes, but he showed he could be a factor in the outcomes of big games.

Then came Louisville’s bout with Florida State on Oct. 24. Florida State was coming off a monster win against No. 5 North Carolina and was looking to make further strides in the ACC conference standings. Louisville had different plans, the Cardinals’ offense exploded for 48 points in the runaway victory against the Seminoles.

Hawkins shined in the must-win game against Florida State, just like he showed out against Miami will all eyes on the Cardinals. Hawkins carried the ball for 174 yards on only 16 carries, including a breakaway run for 70 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. That is the second 70+ yard rush for Hawkins this season.

U of L will look to build off of their victory against the Seminoles. They host Virginia Tech Oct. 31 at Cardinal Stadium. Hawkins plans to keep his hot streak going, opening avenues for the U of L offense.

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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 handles Florida State 48-16 Monday, Oct 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals blew out the Florida State Seminoles 48-16. U of L football has struggled in its last four games and rebounded well against the Seminoles. They settle down Florida State who entered their bout with Cardinals on cloud nine after upsetting No. 5 North Carolina last week.

Florida State got the game started with a touchdown only a couple of minutes into regulation. The Cardinals responded with ten minutes left in the first quarter via a nine-yard touchdown run by sophomore Javian Hawkins. Two minutes later, Hawkins turned in a highlight play in form of a 70-yard touchdown run, putting the Cardinals up 14-7. The Cardinals were able to sneak in another touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter when junior Malik Cunningham completed a pass to senior Ean Pfeifer for a 13-yard touchdown.

At the 12:47 mark in the second quarter, Cunningham completed a bomb to sophomore Tutu Atwell for the 58-yard touchdown pass. A couple of minutes before halftime junior James Turner chipped a 28-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 31-14 at the half.

Hawkins scored his third touchdown to start the Cardinals off in the third quarter. Then, with only two minutes left in the third, U of L forced a safety on the Seminoles to put the Cardinals up 38-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Cardinals. Turner booted a 39-yard field goal only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Atwell grabbed his second touchdown after a two-yard run. Louisville snapped their four-game winning-streak in spectacular fashion with a 32-point blowout.

Cunningham was 16-24 on his passes, throwing for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hawkins totaled 171 yards on 16 carries. Atwell had a whopping 3 receptions for 129 yards.

U of L will faceoff with No. 19 Virginia Tech on Oct. 31.

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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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