Sep 24, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT
Louisville 2 – Notre Dame 1
It was a blustery night in Louisville, as Notre Dame lined up against the Cardinals in front of just over 2,000 fans. The narrow Louisville field always makes for a busy game and although both teams saw periods of domination, neither really had many clear cut opportunities. The wind was in favor of Louisville in the first period and they had more of the offense at this stage, but in the second half Notre Dame controlled large periods. Notre Dame hit the crossbar and forced a good save from the Cardinal ‘keeper in the first half but with possibly the only really good opportunity of the half Dylan Mares put Louisville in front. Will Walsh, in the Irish goal, had parried a strong angled shot and the ball rebounded to Mares who headed home.
The Irish opened the second half very strongly and it looked only a matter of time before they leveled the game. This came about in the 63rd minute when Harry Shipp and Ryan Finley worked their wizardry once again. Harry sent Ryan through with a nice lofted pass behind the Cardinals’ defense. Ryan got the position on his defender and was knocked over for a penalty kick. Ryan converted the PK and this signaled the beginning of a strong period for Notre Dame. Just when things were looking bright for the Irish the tables were turned. With just 14 minutes left in the game Brendan Lesch collided with a Louisville player and the referee pointed to the spot for his second PK of the game. Cardinals defender Andrew Farrel took the kick and put Louisville back in the lead, and that was how the score remained.
Certainly a disappointing score, especially as Notre Dame outshot the Cardinals, 17-11, but there is little time to dwell on things as we must move on. With Indiana coming up Wednesday in Bloomington, the Louisville match must be used as a stepping stone, and not a stumbling block. It certainly is another very exciting match in prospect!
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