Nov. 27, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Colin Rolfe recorded a goal and three assists as No. 12 Louisville defeated No. 5 Maryland 4-2 in the third round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Sunday.
Rolfe created space on the wing and played a low cross to teammate Daniel Keller for the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to advance the Cardinals (14-6-2) to the NCAA quarterfinals.
The game opened at a frantic pace and a Rolfe breakaway in just the second minute set the tone for what would be a shaky night for a Maryland backline that was without omnipresent senior center back Alex Lee.
Maryland, who made its nation-best 10th straight appearance in the third round Sunday, settled in and controlled possession, but was caught on its heels in the 19th minute as Rolfe found Nick DeLeon with a menacing through ball behind the Terrapin defense. DeLeon tapped the ball over freshman goalkeeper Keith Cardona from five yards out to take the early 1-0 advantage.
Louisville regained the lead just six minutes into the second half when Rolfe snuck behind the Maryland defense on a long ball from Kenney Walker. Rolfe struck from 20 yards out and beat Cardona to put the Cardinals in front, 2-1.
Maryland pushed forward for the equalizer and answered again in the 68th minute when senior Matt Oduaran collected a loose ball in the center of the box and poked past goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux to square the match at two.
Rolfe took all wind from Maryland's sails with his assist in the 78th minute for the game-winner and put the nail in the coffin with an insurance assist to Michael Roman in the 84th minute to give the Cardinals an insurmountable 4-2 lead.
"I feel terrible for our guys because I think they have played some great soccer this season, some of the best soccer in years here. Unfortunately we could not put together a defensive performance worthy of advancing out of this round against a very good team," head coach Sasho Cirovski said.
"We ran into a team that was the preseason favorite for a reason. They have a lot of quality, a lot of maturity. They're physically strong and skillful. They're much better than their seed and much better than their record."
Notes: Casey Townsend moved into a tie for third on Maryland's all-time scoring list with Abe Thompson (43)...Townsend also moved into a tie for sixth in Maryland single-season scoring (17)...Maryland recorded its 18th consecutive winning season in 2011.