The University of Louisville fell to its second loss of the season against Notre Dame in a game televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday night.
The Cards (6-2-0), who entered the matchup ranked anywhere from third to sixth in all five of the national soccer polls, fell behind to a fourth minute Danny O’Leary shot which keeper Andre Boudreaux was unable to keep out despite getting his gloves on the ball.
An improved second-half performance by Louisville saw missed opportunities from Kenny Walker, Colin Rolfe and man of the match, Nick DeLeon.
Their efforts in the Big East opening game, in which they outshot the Fighting Irish 20-9, were interrupted by a scampering loose rabbit, which found itself on live television in the 54th minute while searching for a way out of the stadium.
Louisville will be hoping to bounce back with a victory against No. 2 Connecticut at Cardinal Park this Saturday at 7 p.m. before travelling to Bloomington to take on Indiana on Oct. 5.