Luck not on U of L’s side

| October 8, 2011
Mark Knight tried to get off a shot.

Mark Knight tried to get off a shot.

Luck has not been on the side of the University of Louisville men’s soccer team these days.

U of L has, for the most part, been dominating opponents, but soccer, much like football, is about controlling possession: The more you have the ball, the more opportunities you create for yourself.

The Cardinals have now lost two consecutive games in which they controlled possession and created more opportunities, losing 1-0 to No. 1-ranked UConn last Saturday at Cardinal Park.

Nick DeLeon tried to beat a UConn defender.

Nick DeLeon tried to beat a UConn defender.

Louisville controlled possession for much of the game, finding numerous opportunities in the second half. The Cards outshot the Huskies 23-11, including a 14-3 barrage in the second half. Mark Knight and Michael Roman good good looks, and All-American Colin Rolfe had numerous chances to score.

Despite the flurry of shots, the two teams remained scoreless and went into overtime.

UConn scored just over a minute into the second overtime to grab the victory.

“We certainly should have won it, and should have won in regulation, but there are a lot of lessons in it,” said coach Ken Lolla.  “The No. 1 team came in, and in many ways we dominated the game, but that’s not enough. We still have to score goals.”

The next home game for the Cards is against Syracuse at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Category: U of L Soccer Report

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