Louisville Fights Hard, Drops Decision Against Indiana
LYNN STADIUM- It was a perfect night for soccer on Tuesday as the Cards (9-2-2, 4-0-1 ACC) welcomed fellow top-10 ranked team Indiana (8-1-4, 2-0-3 Big 10) to town for the final contest of their three match home stint.
IU opened up on the front foot, grabbing control of the game and dominating possession in Louisville’s third. The visiting Hoosiers garnered the lead in the 12th minute when a dangerous cross from Sophomore Midfielder Jeremiah Gutjahr was sent across the box to a running Grant Lillard who headed the ball back across the goal, eluding Stephen Cleveland’s grasp and barely crossing the goal line and giving IU the lead.
Louisville only took six minutes to pull things back level however when Tim Kubel found Tate Schmitt in the box for a headed finish far post. The goal was just the shot in the arm the Cards needed to get into it, they looked very strong and really grew in to the game. Things continued to be back and forth with Louisville holding the edge in shots 6:2.
IU started the second half much like they did the first, and were gifted a penalty shot in the 46th minute. The foul in question occurred on the edge of the Cards’ box when the IU attacker left his foot out and got clipped by the U of L defender, collapsing to the ground in a dramatic heap. It was enough to move referee Chico Grajeda to give the spot kick. It is the opinion of this writer that outside the box it should have been given as a garden variety free kick, although the foul was not grave enough to result in a penalty. At any rate, the penalty was awarded and converted to give the Hoosiers the lead for the second time.
U of L tried very hard to break the IU defense down over the next 40 minutes, the Cards held the vast majority of possession and got off 7 shots against the staunch IU defense, although only one of them managed to be on goal. They tried to get through, and looked like a breakthrough was imminent and several moments, but they never quite strung the play together.
The Cards dropped just the second game of the season, bringing their eight game unbeaten run to the end. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to #7 Wake Forest on Saturday to put their unbeaten conference record on the line.