No. 7 men's soccer wins home opener

Ken Lolla

Following an impressive season-opening win at Virginia, the 7th-ranked University of Louisville men's soccer team defeated Cleveland State in it's home opener on Wednesday night.

The University of Louisville men's soccer team scored their second victory of the season as they defeated Cleveland State 2-0 in the home opener in front of 1,296 at Cardinal Park.

With the win it continues the positive momentum that this team has created with a solid preseason after getting an early road victory at No.20 Virginia. Even though they are a really young team, they are getting better each game and that's what their coach likes to see.

"I thought it was a solid performance for us, it was nice to get a result at home in our first game," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. "The results and winning certainly help but more importantly were making progress, and getting better in a lot of different areas."

Neither of the two teams could put the ball in the back of the net in the first half, but that quickly changed in the second half when Louisville's Daniel Keller connected on a header from seven yards out. The goal was set up by Romillio Hernandez, who sent a free kick into the box which allowed Keller to connect and get it past Cleveland State keeper Joe Kalt.

The second goal followed soon thereafter when Jerry Ramirez shot from 16 yards out into the upper right hand corner for his first career goal. A pair of youngsters, freshman Andrew Brody and Ricardo Velazco were both given credit for assisting on the second goal.

"It felt good, this is our second regular season game and we keep improving every single game," said Keller, a junior. "The first half we were a little slow moving the ball, but we managed to keep possession, and came out in the second half moving the ball faster which opened up a lot of holes which allowed us to move forward which resulted in the two goals."

This team is very young, but has a lot of potential. Some of that potential shined through in certain points of the game last night. Head Coach Ken Lolla is happy about the progress this team is making, but still is looking for more consistency.

"I think we're coming together, but we have a long ways to go, but we are making some progress, and its exciting to see the moments that we have that are very good and very promising," Lolla said.

The next opponent for this young team is Butler which makes its way to Cardinal Park on Saturday 7pm. This will be the second game of a four game home stand for the men's soccer team.

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