LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 12, 2013) – Redshirt sophomore Thomas O’Rourke (Lawrenceville, N.J.) scored his first goal of the 2013 campaign to help the Rutgers men’s soccer team knot the score 1-1 in the 43rd minute of action, but No. 11 Louisville scored moments before the intermission and added in an insurance goal early in the second half for a 3-1 win over the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers, facing its second straight nationally-ranked American Athletic Conference (AAC) opponent, fell to 5-7-1 overall and 2-3-0 in league action. The Cardinals, ranked No. 11 by Soccer America and No. 19 in the NSCAA Poll, improved to 8-2-1 and remain perfect in AAC play at 4-0-0.
Louisville got onto the scoreboard first on an unassisted tally by Santiago Velez in the 24th minute. Velez’s shot curled around RU’s keeper David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.) into the upper right corner.
With time dwindling down to the half, O’Rourke tied the game at 1-1 on his first goal of the season and second of his career. Off a Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) free kick, O’Rourke’s header from inside the left post in the 43rd minute evened up the match.
However, two minutes later and with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, the Cardinals struck back as Daniel Keller posted the game-winner on a similar set up. Richardo Velazco sent a free kick into the box, which Keller headed into the back of the Scarlet Knight goal.
The Cardinals added in an insurance goal early in the second half. Andrew Brody gathered a loose ball inside the box for the score five minutes into the second stanza.
Louisville outshot Rutgers, 17-6, with Greczek making a career-high seven saves in net for the Scarlet Knights. Joachim Ball, who entered the game with leading the AAC in goals against average, made two stops in the win.
The Cardinals also held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team returns home for their final home games of the regular season. RU hosts Bucknell on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in non-conference action, South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 19th for Senior Day and Temple on Wednesday Oct. 23 in the home regular season finale. All three games kickoff at 7 p.m.
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