Another successful season for the University of Louisville men's soccer program has come to an end. The 13th-seeded Cardinals hosted the NCAA tournament third round at Lynn Stadium where they fell 1-0 to a determined UMBC squad.
Louisville struggled to find momentum during the opening half and found themselves trailing 1-0 at the break. The Retrievers struck first in the 23rd minute when Mamadou Kansaye converted a penalty kick after the Cardinals were called for a hand ball in the box.
Louisville attacked throughout the second frame, with three shots missing the net by just inches and UMBC goalie had an excellent save off a header by Andrew Brody.
"It was a night where, in the first half, I felt like we wasted 45 minutes," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. "We didn't put into it what we did in the second half, and 45 minutes of effort wasn't quite good enough tonight."
UMBC has now won NCAA tournament contests at Wake Forest, at Maryland and at Louisville. The Retrievers will face 12-seed Creighton in the NCAA quarterfinals.