The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals hosted the No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles Saturday night in the Big East Quarterfinals. The Cardinals comeback fell short as they lost 2-1 to the Golden Eagles in Card Park. Marquette advances to play Georgetown in the Semifinals in Red Bull Arena on Friday.
The Golden Eagles came out firing early and often. Their first shot came in the fifth minute of the game but was collected by Louisville’s keeper, Mike Mauro. The teams traded shots until Marquette struck with the first goal of the game. Paul Dillion sent the ball into the box from 30 yards out on a free kick. Alex Sjoberg completed the play as he headed the ball into the back of the net.
Louisville had their opportunities to tie the game but they could not complete their chances. Marquette eventually scored their second goal of the game less than a minute before the half ended. Bryan Ciesiulka sent a free kick past the defense and got through Mauro to put Marquette up 2-0 heading into the half.
The Cards came out firing in the second half but they could not find the back of the net. Goals were hard to come by for the Cardinals.
Louisville eventually scored their first and only goal of the game in the 84th minute. Will Vitalis beat his defender and drove the goal line. He eventually found Zach Foxhoven streaking down the middle of the box who sent the ball past the Marquette keeper, Charlie Lyon.
Louisville dominated Marquette in shots during the game. The Cards finished with 19 shots while the Golden Eagles had only 9. Lyon finished with ten saves on the night and Mauro had only four.
The next step for the Cards is preparing for the NCAA Tournament. The 48-team selection takes place Monday, November 12 at 5:30. First round play starts November 15.