LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team dropped its first match of the season Friday night, falling to No. 14 Louisville 1-0 at the grand opening of the Cards' new home venue Lynn Stadium.
After a back-and-forth first half, Louisville (1-0) notched the lone score of the match with an Andrew Brody tally in the 54th minute. After a nice serve from Ricardo Velazco from the near sideline, Brody found the upper right corner for the header and the Cards’ first goal in Lynn Stadium history.
Maryland (0-1) continued to press for the remainder of the match, including a great look by Tsubasa Endoh which was saved with 10 minutes left in the contest. The Terps outshot the Cards 10-7 on the night, including a 7-4 advantage in the second half.
“First I’d like to congratulate Louisville for an outstanding night. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to play tonight in the opening game,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I thought it was a very good game. I thought Louisville scored a nice goal in the counterattack and we came up a little bit short in our execution in the final third. Louisville won the game and the University of Louisville had a big night for college soccer and for that we are grateful to be a part of it.”
It’s the first time Maryland has been shut out in a match since a 0-0 tie at Seton Hall Sept. 20, 2011. The Terps haven’t been shut out in a loss since Dec. 4, 2009.
Maryland returns to action Monday with a 7 p.m. tilt with No. 17 Coastal Carolina at Ludwig Field.