--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
After falling to No. 1 Wake Forest in overtime in the regular season finale the Louisville men's soccer team got their revenge in another overtime game, winning 2-1. Both games were at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Louisville advances to the final against North Carolina.
Haji Akdikadir scored his first career goal, putting the Cards up 1-0 right before halftime. The freshman from Louisville Collegiate School took a shot from about 35 yards out and knocked it into the upper right corner of the goal.
Joey DeZart scored the equalizer for the Demon Deacons in the second half after creating separation 25 yards out. DeZart's first career goal went into the bottom right corner of the goal with 38 minutes remaining in regulation.
Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation the two foes entered into a sudden death overtime period. Right before the eight minute mark of Tate Schmitt found Elijah Amo in the right side of the box. Amo chipped a shot over a sliding defender and leaping goalkeeper for the game-winner.
Louisville took an aggressive approach during overtime. The Cards took three shots within about a minute span with the third try being the charm.
Jake Gelnovatch recorded two saves on the match including a key save in overtime to give the Cards a fighting chance. Each side finished with 10 shots and three on goal.
10th-ranked (United Soccer Coaches Poll) and 4-seed Louisville will face 4th-ranked and 2-seed North Carolina. The two teams finished with a 0-0 draw in their most recent match-up last season and are 2-2-1 all-time.
The match will be televised on ESPNU on Sunday, Nov. 11, at noon.
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