--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville men's soccer team went neck and neck with Charlotte for 110 minutes that resulted in a 2-2 draw. Louisville relied on goals by Geoffrey Dee and Adam Wilson to come from behind to tie the match.
The 49ers possessed the ball early and capitalized on a set piece in the sixth minute. Among the mass of players in the box the ball found its way into the goal with credit going to Patrick Hogan, his first of the year.
Charlotte pushed their lead to two in the 37th minute. Ethan Sawdon received a pass and launched a shot into the goal following a defensive miscue by the Cards.
Louisville caught a break in the 38th minute. A hand ball was called on Charlotte, giving the Cards an opportunity for a free kick. Dee lined up for the PK and sent the ball flying into the net beyond the reach of the Charlotte goalkeeper. The goal was the second on the year for the senior.
The Cards wasted no time in the second half, racing out of the gate to score again. Adam Wilson found space after receiving a pass from Dee. Wilson maneuvered around a defender and placed a spin on the ball to get the shot around the goalkeeper for his second of the season.
Both teams battled it out the remainder of regulation but had no success in scoring. Louisville and Charlotte squared off in overtime and double overtime, but went scoreless, with the end result being a draw.
Following the first goal by Charlotte the teams got chippy. The officials found themselves intervening between shoving players on several occasions and gave out four yellow cards- two to each team. A total of 25 fouls were called on the night.
Jake Gelnovatch had a busy fist half, with the 49ers taking six shots, five on goal. He recorded three saves in the first half an added one more late into the second overtime. Louisville had 13 shots with six on goal for the match compared to Charlotte's nine and six.
Louisville moves to 4-1-1 on the season and will host Pittsburgh on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Men's soccer alumni will be recognized during the match.
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