Late Goals Lift #18 Louisville Past Army, 3-0

Arnold Chun

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Army held Louisville's high-powered offense in check for the majority of the contest, but the 18th-ranked Cardinals erupted for three goals over the final 15 minutes to post a 3-0 victory over Army on Saturday evening at Cardinal Park.

Army, which has lost two consecutive matches, falls to 2-3-0 on the season. Louisville, meanwhile, evens its overall record at 2-2-0.

"We traveled to one of the most challenging and competitive environments in college soccer because we have a hungry group that wants to be successful," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "Tonight we learned a bit more about what it takes to play consistently at the highest level of college soccer, and we'll grow from this. There is a positive spirit and belief in our group. We'll get our bodies on the mend and refocus for our next test."

Louisville outshot Army 13-3, but the Cardinals were kept off the scoreboard until Buck Tufty tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 76th minute. Tufty converted a cross from Alex Obbey and beat Army goalkeeper Winston Boldt (2-3-0) to give the Cards a 1-0 lead.

Greg Cochrane and Dylan Mares then added insurance markers over the final five minutes to supply the final margin.

Louisville enjoyed a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. There were only 16 fouls and one caution issued in the cleanly-played game.

Army's Arnold Chun had two shots to pace the Black Knights' offense. Boldt finished with five saves in the Army cage. Louisville goalkeeper Joachim Ball (2-2-0) stopped the only shot he faced en route to his first shutout of the season.

Army returns to action next weekend when the Black Knights travel to California for a pair of matches. Army will face Cal State Northridge on Friday, Sept. 14, before facing Cal Poly on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Match Notes: Army falls to 0-1 all-time versus Louisville ... today's match marked the first of five straight matches away from West Point for the Black Knights ... Army will not play at Clinton Field again until Oct. 6.

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