U of L soccer fights to end

| December 8, 2011
courtesy of U of L Athletics U of L’s Nick Deleon, No. 7, a senior midfielder, competed for possession with UCLA sophomore Patrick Matchett, No. 29. The Bruins edged coach Ken Lolla’s Cardinals 1-0 in double overtime. Saturday night’s loss ended U of L’s dream of making the Final Four for the second year in a row. Reed Williams scored for UCLA at Cardinal Park.

courtesy of U of L Athletics
U of L’s Nick Deleon, No. 7, a senior midfielder, competed for possession with UCLA sophomore Patrick Matchett, No. 29. The Bruins edged coach Ken Lolla’s Cardinals 1-0 in double overtime. Saturday night’s loss ended U of L’s dream of making the Final Four for the second year in a row. Reed Williams scored for UCLA at Cardinal Park.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

This season was shaping up to have a storybook ending, and UCLA was cast to have a part in that story.

Unfortunately, no one knew the Bruins would have a starring role.

After losing last season to Akron, coach Ken Lolla’s former team, in the national title game, the Cards were poised to make a run for the title again this year.

Everything was falling into place.

A number one national ranking starting the season and an opening win over second-ranked UCLA set them up.

With one of the nation’s toughest schedules, this team hit its stride late in the season.

Louisville had been through the fire this year, playing in five overtime games prior to Saturday.

The Cards faced two of the last four teams left standing, and one nationally-ranked opponent after another.

In addition to preseason All-Americans Colin Rolfe and Austin Berry, players such as Nick DeLeon and UCLA transfer Michael Roman made a name for themselves with their standout play.

This team typically played better as the game progressed.

But, during this season’s season-ending quarter final loss to UCLA, the Cards just weren’t the better team in the second half.

The Bruins out shot Louisville 6-1 during overtime. They were simply the better team down the stretch.

This wasn’t a Louisville collapse; this was a hungry UCLA team that was not going to lose another game in this city.

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