The Louisville Cardinals were admittedly frustrated following the Central Arkansas game in which it took a goal by Will Vitalis in the 90th minute to win 3-2.
The most frustrating part was that the Cardinals had numerous opportunities to score, including hitting the post four times in the second half alone.
The Cards decided to take out those frustrations on Butler Sept. 17 at Cardinal Park. Ken Lolla’s squad used an offensive explosion to blow past the Bulldogs 4-0 to improve to 5-1 on the year.
If the loss to North Carolina and the nail-biter against Central Arkansas were indicative of a slump, the Cards appear to be hitting their stride now.
It has been five games since All-American Colin Rolfe last found the back of the net for Louisville. While that may sound problematic, Rolfe is diversifying his game. He assisted on two of Louisville’s four goals against Butler, and he created numerous opportunities for himself against Central Arkansas.
More impressively, Rolfe is finding opportunities for others, and the Cards have the talent to capitalize on it. Mark Knight, Michael Roman, Buck Tufty and Chase Rodgers all scored for Louisville against Butler. It continues a trend of numerous scorers stepping up, and Lolla is watching his team’s talent develop along the way.
Lolla has a stable of talented playmakers. Rolfe and defender Austin Berry grabbed headlines prior to the season as All-Americans, but Berry isn’t the only player on the back line making noise.
Sophomore Andrew Farrell looked more like Lionel Messi than a defender Sunday, using fancy footwork to leave an opponent in the dust to set up a beautiful cross in front of the Butler goal.
The Cards have a wealth of talent this season, and the coaching staff has a keen eye for finding guys who can play at different spots. As a result, Louisville benefits from defenders who know how to push forward and score if needed.
“We make sure all of our guys develop in different aspects of the game,” Lolla said. “We want our forwards to be able to play defense as well as anyone.”