--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville men's soccer defeated South Florida 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Four different players scored in the victory.
The Cards improve to 9-7-2 on the year and advance to the second round against #14 UC Davis on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Louisville and USF met earlier this season in Tampa, with the Bulls claiming a 2-0 victory then.
Bradley Sample scored the Cards' first goal of the match in the 21st minute. Leonard Getz set a corner kick perfectly in the box for Sample to drive in, his first career goal.
Pedro Fonseca joined in on the scoring just two minutes later. Sample passed the ball ahead to Fonseca, who took a deep shot that soared past the goalkeeper.
Louisville led 2-0 at the half.
USF cut the difference in half with a goal in the 68th minute.
Izaiah Jennings answered with a Louisville goal seconds later. Cherif Dieye passed to Jennings, who had an open net from the center of the box.
Louisville added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute when Dieye broke away and dribbled through a pair of USF defenders for a goal.
Louisville will not return home this season. They finished the season 7-4-1 at home.
--By Roscelle Griffin
--Photo by Roscelle Griffin
The Louisville Cardinals entered tonight’s game with a target on their backs after being ranked #2 in the AP Top 25. They took on the South Carolina Upstate Spartans and won 76-50.
The Spartans shot 50% from behind the arc in the first half. Jordan Nwora scored 17 of his 28 points in the first, and the Cardinals led 34-28 at halftime.
The Spartans came out in the 2nd half with more hot shooting. They took their first lead of the game with 14:25 remaining in the game (42-40). Sutton hit a three to tie the game at 43-43. Nwora knocked down two free throws followed by a three from McMahon to give the lead back to the Cardinals at 48-43. The fans came to their feet, and Louisville never looked back.
Malik Williams saw action for the first time this season after being sidelined with a broken toe in his right foot. David Johnson also returned to the lineup and both players gave the Cards a spark off the bench.
Ryan McMahon added 15 points and shot 5-8 from 3pt land. Dwayne Sutton was just shy of a double-double finishing the game with 9 pts and 15 rebounds.
Louisville improves to 5-0 on the season and will be back in action this Sunday at the KFC Yum Center against Akron. Game time is set for 6pm.
By Brad McGuffin
Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville was the #6 seed playing host to Virginia Tech the #11 seed in the first round of the ACC tournament. Virginia Tech came into the match up 8-5-2 (2-4-2) and Louisville was 8-6-2 (3-4-1). During the first half neither team could really get the advantage.
Louisville had 5 shots compared to Virginia Tech's 3 shots in the first half. Both teams did have several opportunities with some shots on goal however neither team could capitalize and get one in the net.
At the 43:17 mark in the first half Virginia Tech scored on a goal from Jon Ingason. At the 44:58 mark Virginia Tech would score again on a free kick from Daniel Pereira giving the Hokies a 2-0 lead.
The second half was similar to most of the first half, not much going on offensively for either team. Early in the second half Louisville a few opportunities however couldn't capitalize.
With the win, Virginia Tech advances in the ACC tournament and will play @ Wake Forrest the #3 seed on Sunday. With the loss, Louisville will await their postseason destination.