LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Facing one of the nation's premier programs in a hostile road environment, the Belmont University men's soccer team (1-8-2) fell 6-0 at No. 8 Louisville (8-1-2) Tuesday evening at Lynn Stadium.
Louisville struck twice in the first half before tacking on four more scores in the second stanza to walk away with the 6-0 victory. The Cardinals remain unbeaten since Sept. 6.
The Bruins scrapped with one of the ACC's finer sides in the Cardinals, but could not carry over their momentum gained from the result in their previous match. Belmont faced a quick turnaround taking on a tough Louisville team after battling in a marathon-double overtime match at Wright State this past Saturday.
19 Belmont players saw action and four different Bruins registered shots as the team competed in its fourth-straight road match.
After a scoreless first 15 minutes of action, Louisville mounted the opening tally in the 17th minute when leading scorer Mohamed Thiaw notched his eighth goal of the year beating Mertcan Akar (Cologne, Germany). In the 21st, Louisville would crack the Bruin defense for another score to grow its lead to 2-0. Belmont would then begin its rebuttal, notching three corners in a three minute span during a period in the first half. The Bruins could not string together a score though and for the first time in two matches, they entered the second half trailing. Sean Bernabo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) registered Belmont's lone shot on goal of the half when he put one on frame in the 30th minute.
Louisville would act as the aggressor in the early moments of the second frame as Daniel Johnson connected from straight on outside the 18' to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the 56h minute. The Bruins fought back with a rally near the 67th minute with a corner and a shot to their credit, but again in the 68th the Cardinals would find the back of the net to jump ahead 4-0.
After Grayson Rector (Peachtree City, Ga.) came on for his first action of the season at keeper in relief of Akar in the 73rd, U of L tallied another score to pad its lead in the 77th. An own goal in the 85th proved to be the final tally of the contest as the score finalized at 6-0 in favor of Louisville.
Akar finished with five saves, giving him at least five saves now in all 11 of BU's matches.
The Bruins resume Horizon League play Saturday, Oct. 8 when they return home to host Green Bay at E.S. Rose Park.