--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
After leading for a majority of the match the Louisville men's soccer team relied on a last minute goal in regulation to salvage a point in a tough ACC road match-up against NC State. Cherif Dieye and Tate Schmitt scored for the Cards, who got into a headed confrontation with the opposition late in the second overtime period.
Cherif Dieye knocked a goal in during the 27th minute using nifty footwork to dribble around defenders. Dieye managed to get a shot off past the goalkeeper to put the Cards up.
Louisville appeared to have a second goal when Adam Wilson followed a rebound off the side post, but was ultimately called off-sides, negating the goal.
The Wolfpack were silenced for much of the match until a spark ignited in the 76th minute. Aidan Foster took a pass from the opposite side of the box and headed it into the corner.
Just under 10 minutes later NC State found themselves with the lead. Gabriel Machado found some open space and sent a long range shot over keeper Jake Gelnovatch's head.
The Cards scrambled in the final minutes hoping to find an equalizer. Their prayers were answered when a foul was called just outside the box and Louisville was awarded a free kick. Tate Schmitt took the shot and the spin was enough to stay out of reach of the NC State goalkeeper, tying the match with one minute left.
Neither team had success tallying another goal in regulation or the two overtime periods despite strong efforts from both sides. The final few minutes were directed more towards shoving matches between the two teams as tempers began to flare. The official stopped the clock with 76 seconds remaining to separate the squads, waiving any potential yellow cards.
As the final buzzer sounded both teams and benches found themselves in a physical shoving match that led to the officials and all coaches having to go in to break the scuffle up.
Louisville controlled the midfield for most of the match, forcing NC State to play the deep pass in hopes for scoring. The back line of defense laid back and handled the threats well for the first 75 minutes before wavering down the stretch.
Gelnovatch did not see a shot on goal until moments before the first score for the Wolfpack. He deflected a shot fired from straight on en route to a two-save performance. Offensively, Louisville attempted six shots on goal.
Cody Cochran, Tate Schmitt, Liam Bennett, and Cherif Dieye all earned yellow cards on the night in a second straight high-penalty affair for the Cards, NC State's Tanner Roberts also received a yellow card.
Louisville's record stands at 6-1-2 and 3-0-1 in the ACC. They wrap up the road trip at Notre Dame on Sat. Oct. 6, giving the team a full week's rest period. The next home match is slated for Tues., Oct. 9, against Georgia Southern.
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