--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Looking to remain undefeated, the No. 9 Louisville men's soccer team made the trip to Lexington to face rival Kentucky. Host Kentucky claimed the victory 3-0.
A major question going into the match was who would be Louisville's starting goalkeeper. Both Will Meyer and Jake Gelnovatch had stellar outings in their appearances this season. Meyer got the call at goal for the match.
Kentucky got on the board in the fourth minute. Meyer raced out well beyond the box to challenge J.J. Williams. Williams beat Meyer to the ball and had an open goal to work with.
Williams tallied his second goal of the match in the 37th minute after receiving a header from Marcel Meinzer. The shot beat Meyer to the corner of the goal to pace the Wildcats into the half.
The first half also saw three yellow cards (Louisville- Will Meyer, Kentucky- J.J. Williams, Daniel Evans). Tensions were high as players shoved each other and were being separated at every dead period by the officials.
Going into the second half Louisville tried to pick up the pace, accumulating a handful of shots, but to no avail. In the 73rd minute, Adam Wilson was called for a hand ball. Aime Mabika lined up for the penalty kick. His shot went straight forward, and away from a diving Will Meyer, extending Kentucky's lead.
Cherif Dieye received a yellow card in the second half as tensions continued to rise.
Louisville drops to 2-1 and returns to Lynn Stadium to host No. 2 Duke on Sunday, at 2:00 p.m.
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