The University of Louisville men’s and women’s soccer programs have been busy with their postseason forays, and on Sunday the pair had contrasting results in their respective NCAA Division 1 championship matchups.
By having beaten Dayton (2-0) and nationally No. 5 ranked Memphis (2-0) in the first and second rounds respectively, the women’s team had already posted its greatest postseason run.
Unfortunately, the journey – described by coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes as “magical” – came to an end in the last 16 on Sunday afternoon, with ninth ranked Florida State running out 2-0 victors.
Later in the evening, it was the turn of the men’s team, with Ken Lolla’s troops entertaining Bradley of Peoria, Illinois at Cardinal Park.
Louisville, as we know, made it to the NCAA title game last season, losing to Akron, and on the way to the championship decider there were some thrilling finales.
So why should it be any different, one year on? The Braves took the lead on a wet evening in the 55th minute with a Scott Davis goal, and the Cards left it until the 87th minute to score not one, but two, goals in a 42 second span, thanks to Colin Rolfe and Kenney Walker.
However, there was still plenty of time for more drama, and Bradley’s Bryan Gaul provided it by bagging an equalizer with just 26 seconds left on the clock.
In the second period of overtime, and the game seemingly heading to penalty kicks, Nick DeLeon haeded a shot past keeper Brian Billings with just 2:18 on the clock.
The Cardinals (13-6-2) now move on to the last 16, where they will face No. 5 seed Maryland at their College Park home patch on Sunday at 5 p.m.