Louisville Advances to NCAA Men's Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The BIG EAST had six teams competing in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship second round, with only Louisville advancing. With two late second-half goals, the No. 1 Cardinals defeated College of Charleston 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Cardinal Park on Nov. 21. Both Connecticut and Georgetown battled to draws. Connecticut tied with Brown 1-1, with Brown advancing on penalty kicks 7-6. Georgetown fought through two overtimes against North Carolina with the score knotted at 0-0 and the Tar Heels advancing 5-4 on penalty kicks. West Virginia lost to Akron 3-2, Providence fell to Ohio State 2-1 and Dartmouth defeated Notre Dame 2-1. Louisville (17-0-3) opened scoring in the 20th minute when Paolo DelPiccolo took a shot that hit the crossbar, bouncing to Nick DeLeon who collected the ball in a scramble in front of the net for his seventh goal of the season. The Cougars were able to tie the score 1-1 in the 25th minute. In the 84th minute, Colin Rolfe received a pass from DeLeon as he split two defenders. Rolfe collected the ball and launched a shot from 20 yards out that slipped past the keeper to put the Cardinals up 2-1. The goal was Rolfe's seventh goal of the season and made him the team's scoring leader with 19 points on the season. The Cardinals scored the insurance goal in the 89th minute when Rolfe played a ball to Dylan Mares, who passed it to an open Charlie Campbell for the goal to make the score 3-1, putting the game out of reach sending Louisville to next round of play in the NCAA Tournament. The crowd of 5,197 set a new attendance record for the Cardinals, breaking the old record of 3,853 set on Oct. 5, 2005 against Indiana. The Cardinals advance to the third round as one of the remaining 16 teams and will play No. 21 Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.