--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville men's soccer defeated North Carolina to win their first ever ACC Championship, 1-0. Cherif Dieye's goal was enough to lift the Cards to an upset victory.
Dieye, who is celebrating his birthday today, connected on his fifth goal of the season off of Tate Schmitt's team-leading eighth assist in the 29th minute. Dieye received the pass on the right side of the box and sent the shot across to the far post.
The Cards looked to add a second goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the match. Schmitt found open space from well outside the box. His shot appeared to be in the upper right corner of the goal, but was tipped away by the Tar Heels' keeper.
Louisville maintained the lead despite a heavy attack by the Tar Heels. North Carolina sent a volley of shots at goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch, who had no problem deflecting them.
Three of Gelnovatch's saves came in the second half, mostly down the stretch. Louisville was out-shot 9-6 (4-2) but capitalized on what they were given. The Cards were also called for an uncharacteristic 20 fouls, twice as many as their foe.
Louisville, ranked 10th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll after their victory over Notre Dame, are in good shape to receive a top 8-seed and host through the NCAA Quarterfinals following their wins against top-ranked and 1-seed Wake Forest and 4th-ranked and 2-seed North Carolina.
Louisville (11-4-3) has been a top 8-seed the past two seasons, but have fallen in the quarterfinals in each of those.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is set for Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:00 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