Louisville advances to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Winthrop last night. Sophomore, Dylan Mares, scored a hat trick in Louisville’s first game in the NCAA Tournament.
With the first round bye, Louisville was well rested and well trained for the game against Winthrop. The Cards had two weeks off to prepare for the game on Sunday night. Louisville’s Coach, Ken Lolla, called the victory “the most complete game they have played all year.”
The Cards did not waste any time, scoring their first goal in the opening minute of the game. Will Vitalis collected the ball and found Greg Cochrane streaking inside the box who shot the ball past the Eagles goalie, Enrique Miranda. The ball hit the right side of the net and put the Cardinals in the drivers seat, up 1-0 early.
The rest of the half went back and from, both teams having opportunities, but not able to capitalize. Winthrop had a chance for the equalizer off a free kick. Alex Isner shot the ball at the goal, but Louisville’s keeper, Mike Mauro, deflected the ball off the cross bar sending the ball out of bounds. Recording his only save of the half.
Louisville increased the lead right before half. In the 34th minute, Ryan Smith sent the ball to Mares who finished the play by sending it past the Winthrop keeper. Putting the Cardinals up 2-0 at half and Mares first goal of the match.
The Cards controlled the shot advantage 6-3 at the end of the first half. Both keepers recorded only one save after the first.
Louisville came out of the locker room strong again in the second half. Paolo DelPiccolo hit Mares running down the left side of the field who beat the keeper on the far post, putting the Cardinals up 3-0 to start the second half.
Mares completed his hat trick in the 64th minute. The Cardinals strung together a series of passes when Cochrane finally found Mares inside the box and sent the ball in the back of the net.
The Cardinals finished their scoring in the 81st minute. Luis Ramirez passed the ball to Zach Foxhoven who drove to the goal and found the back of the net from 12 yards out. Ending the game in a 5-0 shut out for the Cardinals.
Louisville finished the game with a 13-5 shooting advantage on the Eagles. Mauro finished the game with two saves and Miranda finished with only one.
The Cards next game will be Sunday, November 25th, at 7PM in Card Park. They will host Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.