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LANE | IU Soccer Downs U of L on Penalty Kick

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 4th-ranked Louisville men's soccer team is near perfect this season except when they play a rival.  The Cardinals gave up two goals for the first time this season and lost 2-1 to 9th-ranked Indiana Tuesday night at Lynn Stadium.  U of L's only other defeat this season came September 6th at Kentucky.

Grant Lillard's header from just outside the right post off the feed from Jeremiah Gutjahr gave IU a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Louisville answered six minutes later.  Tim Kubell sent a free kick into the box where Tate Schmitt headed in his third goal of the year.

Tanner Thompson was pulled down by a defender early in the second half as he tried to collect a cross in the box and a penalty was called on the Cardinals. Trevor Swartz converted the penalty kick for what turned out to be the game-winner.  

"Louisville's an excellent team, very deserving of their ranking," said Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley.  "We knew tonight was going to be a tough contest and we didn't play to our capabilities offensively.  I thought we defended and dealt with a pretty mobile and good attacking team in Louisville and we needed a result tonight.  We'll leave here feeling good and looking at where we need to continue to get better and get ready for a big Ohio State game on the weekend." 

Louisville finished with a 13-7 advantage in shots, 4-2 in shots on goal and 7-0 in corners.

"I think it was a matter of not finishing the chances we had and I thought we controlled big portions of the game," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla.  "We talk to our guys about how fragile the season is, especially when you're playing good teams and how giving away goals can cost you. I think our effort was very good but against good teams, if you give away goals, you can pay for it."

Lolla called it a good lesson for his club moving forward.

"That's the kind of team you'll see in the Sweet Sixteen or the Elite Eight.  I think it's humbling understanding that we can be beat if we're not disciplined and we're not doing the right things. I think we'll use this to refocus, resharpen and recommit to the task."

Louisville steps back into ACC action when they visit No. 7 Wake Forest Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Indiana meets Ohio State Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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