Celebrating six seniors on the final home game of the season, the #7 Louisville men's soccer team hosted #5 Clemson. The Tigers came out on top with a 1-0 victory.
With the loss Louisville falls to 11-4-2 and 5-2-1 in conference play while Clemson improves to 11-2-4 and 4-1-3 in the ACC.
Attendance saw numbers north of 3,000 at Lynn Stadium. The highlight for the crowd may have been the Louligans and Louisville City FC supporters, the Coopers, combining to provide a loud cheering section behind the Louisville bench.
The two evenly matched teams found themselves tied 0-0 going into halftime. Neither side could gain the upper hand despite U of L accumulating six shots- two on goal- in the first half. Clemson had zero, but recorded two saves.
The second half looked much different. Things got feisty as two Louisville players on the field and one Clemson player received yellow cards within a four minute span. A minute later the Clemson bench received a yellow card for attempting to delay game-play.
The Tigers did put a goal on the scoreboard, thanks to Malick Mbaye. His teammate Patrick Bunk-Anderse lined up for the corner. His kick found its way to Mbaye after a deflection, who sent it past senior goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland. Cleveland did record two saves.
The loss does not hurt the Cards much, who were guaranteed a first round bye in the ACC tournament before hosting a quarterfinal. They are the 3-seed.
Louisville has a week to rest and prepare for the post-season. They will take on the winner from a first round match-up on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:00 p.m., at Lynn Stadium. Admission is free for U of L students.