--By Kevin Kernen
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The 6th ranked men’s soccer team resumed ACC play against Pitt friday night coming off of a midweek draw against Charlotte on Tuesday.
Cardinal net minder Jake Gelnovatch started his 4th consecutive match in net, signalling a sure starter for coach Lolla.
UofL had the upper hand in terms of possession and looked the most dangerous team for the majority of the opening half hour, but only came as close as a blocked Tate Schmitt shot in the 22nd minute. The tempo and aggression picked up considerably as the Cards had some dalliances with the back of the net. Despite a one-way sort of half, the first period ended goalless.
The home team picked up where they left off at the break, continuing to pressure the Panthers’ box, but not not garnering any particularly dangerous opportunities.
Senior CLASS award nominee Tate Schmitt rattled Pitt goalie Johan Penaranda’s crossbar in the 57th minute as emotions were nearing a fever pitch.
Pitt had had a few counter attacking chances, but little amounted to a threat on Gelnovatch’s goal, up until the 71st minute when nuisance sophomore forward Edward Kizza was taken down in Louisville’s box. The first shot on target for the visiting Panthers was saved from the penalty spot as Gelnovatch turned away Javi Perez’s effort, sending Lynn stadium into the loudest eruption of the evening.
Less than two minutes later, Pitt themselves fell afoul of the laws of the game when they were penalized for handling the ball within their own penalty area. Up stepped Adam Wilson to the mark, and his shot squeezed passed the outstretched arm of Penaranda.
UofL should have tallied a goal or two more given how they outplayed the visiting Panthers, but the one goal margin was all the Cards could earn to maintain a 100% record in ACC play.
"When you don't take your chances and you don't finish, you keep the other team in the game, and we needed a big save from Jake to keep us in it...to get a result against them, three points in the ACC is huge"
The Cards improve to 4-0-0 in the ACC and 5-0-0 against Pitt all-time.
UofL picks back up their non-conference schedule Tuesday night, travelling to the capitol to take on Georegetown.
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Kevin Kernen is the senior men's soccer correspondent for River City Cards. He also is the color commentator for Louisville City FC, and co-host of Soccer City Radio... MORE