Men's Soccer Advances to Round of 16

University of Louisville men's soccer defeated Saint Louis 2-1 on Sunday evening to advance the NCAA round of 16.

A non-stop rain and 1,714 in attendance helped set the stage for an exciting NCAA Tournament second round contest between No.13 Louisville and No.19 Saint Louis.

After competing through a scoreless first half, Saint Louis struck first when Fransisco Vizcaino found the back of the net at the 67:26 mark, but it didn't take long for the Cardinals to respond. Andrew Brody deflected a cross off the foot of freshman Tim Kubel to even the score 1-1 at the 70:15.

Louisville (11-7-3) grabbed the lead at the 86:17 mark when Kubel squeezed the ball into the Saint Louis net.

The game was played physically from start to finish. Saint Louis had four players receive yellow cards and the Billikens committed 13 fouls, while the Cardinals committed 6 fouls and had one yellow card.

"I'm so proud of our guys, because it was a tough, physical, hard-fought game," said U of L head coach Ken Lolla. "I thought we kept our composure and found a way to win the game."

The win avenges a 1-0 loss at Saint Louis in early September.

The victory moves the Cardinals into the NCAA Tournament round of 16 where they will face University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on Sunday, Nov. 30. U of L will host the match at Lynn Stadium because UMBC (13-5-4) upset No. 4 Maryland 1-0 to advance to the round of 16.

Tickets for Sunday's NCAA third round match in Louisville will be available for purchase starting Monday morning through the U of L ticket office in person at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or by phone at (502) 852-5151 or (502) 852-0120.


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