Louisville Gets Season Opening Win, Holds Off Stubborn UTC

Editors Note: NCLL is excited to have Mike Wells back for another season to capture as much Midwest/Deep South Conference action as possible. Mike not only takes great photos but keeps notes on all the action. Here’s his latest report.

Louisville Head Coach, Ryan McCauley told his team prior to taking the field vs UTC that, “These guys are no pushovers. These guys just put up eight points on Kentucky. We need to come out fast and we need to stay focused.”

Fast forward to one minute into the game and Louisville was up 1-0 thanks to Cole Portman .

But a slashing call soon after would find UTC man up, and the Mocs would capitalize to tie the game at 1-1.

Louisville middie Harrison Goldberg would put the Cards back in the lead shortly after and befire the 5 minute mark could be reached, we had 3 scores.

With nine minutes to play in the  half, the Mocs would score to even everything up at 2-2.

Nick Buchbinder would place the Cards in the lead 3-2, but it UTC would answer with 2:32 to play in the half, bringing the score to 3-3.

The Mocs came out on fire in the second half, quickly scoring 2 goals to take a 5-3 lead. Head Coach, Ryan McCauley took a timeout to hault the UTC momentum. “This is a game of runs. They got two; now it’s our turn to go on a run. Stay focused. We have plenty of time”, McCauley stated to his Cardinals.

Soon after, Lousville would get one back to close to within 1 goal at 5-4.

Surprisingly, UTC made a goalie change at this time, pulling Ryan Jennings and replacing him Isaac Williams. Jennings had played a strong first half, but the UTC coaching staff needed him on defense. “We felt like we needed Ryan in the midfield and Williams is our number one man in goal.”

The change did not impact the end result.

Two minutes after the change, Quentin Brooks tied the game at 5-5. Three minutes later, Nick Buchbinder added another one for the Cards. Louisville now had the lead 6-5 and had scored two goals on five shots.

With 5:00 to play, UTC committed a penalty to put Louisville up a man. Harrison Goldberg took advantage and put the Cards up for good, 7-5.

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