Senior Tim Kubel connected on a second half penalty kick to lift the No. 10 University of Louisville men’s soccer team to a 1-0 road triumph against Georgia State on Friday night at the LakePoint Sporting Community.
With the victory, the Cardinals remained unbeaten on the season and improved to 3-0-0 overall for the first time since 2009. Louisville, which won its road-opener for the second straight season, also dealt the host Panthers (2-1-0) with their first loss of the season.
“I’m so proud of the guys and their mental toughness tonight. There was a lot of adversity and their focus prevented them from being distracted,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “Their response to every challenge allowed us to get the win tonight.”
The Cardinals surrendered just two shots to Georgia State and neither attempt by the home side was on frame. Louisville managed just five shots in the match but Kubel delivered on the pivotal PK in the 47th minute to give the Cardinals a lead they would never relinquish.
The goal was the second of the season and the 17th of the career for Kubel, who also delivered the only goal of the match in Monday’s victory against No. 25 Butler. The All-American defender from Stuttgart, Germany has six game-winning goals in his collegiate career. Kubel moved into a tied for ninth place in career goals at Louisville with his 17th in Friday’s triumph.
The Cardinals registered their second straight shutout as redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch was not required to make a save to earn his third straight victory. The two shots for Georgia State are the fewest allowed in a game by Louisville since allowing only two attempts at Kentucky last season.
Up next, No. 10 Louisville returns home to host the annual Battle of the Bluegrass against Kentucky on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
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2017 LOUSIVILLE SOCCER SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
Season tickets for the 2017 University of Louisville soccer season are on sale now and can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/buy/details/17SOC, by phone at 502-GO-CARDS or in person at the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans can also renew their season tickets from last season by logging in to the My Cardinal Account at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/home.htmI?team=uofl or by calling 502-GO-CARDS.
Season ticket holders will receive tickets for all men’s and women’s matches while sitting in the same seats for every match. Season ticket pricing at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium remains the same in 2017 as it has been since the facility opened in 2014. Season tickets in the reserved seating areas are as low as $3 per match, while general admission/berm/bleacher tickets are as low as $2.25 per game with the family plan.
Unique on field and game day group experiences are also available and more information is available at GoCards.com/soccer-fep. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, call 502-GO-CARDS or email email@example.com.
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