Junior Tate Schmitt provided the No. 8 Louisville men’s soccer team with an early lead before a red card turned the momentum in favor of the road side at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium as No. 2 Wake Forest claimed a 3-1 victory in Saturday night’s ACC opener for both clubs.
After Schmitt delivered his first goal of the season in the 16th minute, the tide turned against the Cardinals (3-1-1, 0-1-0 ACC) in the 34th minute when senior Tim Kubel was issued a red card allowing the Demon Deacons (4-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) to play the final 56 minutes of the match with a one-man advantage. Wake Forest connected for the equalizing goal just 33 seconds after Kubel’s first career collegiate ejection, while the go-ahead goal was added in the 56th minute.
Along with suffering their first loss of the season, the Cardinals were also beaten when scoring first in a match for the first time since a 2-1 setback at North Carolina on Oct. 23, 2015. Saturday’s loss ended Louisville’s best start to a season since 2010.
The scoring started in the top 10 clash when junior Adam Wilson delivered a perfectly placed pass into the center of the 18-yard box, where Schmitt connected on a header from 12 yards away for his 13th career goal. The assist was the second in as many matches for Wilson.
The margin remained 1-0 for the Cardinals into the 34th minute when Kubel was charged with the game-altering ejection. As the home side scrambled to reset and adjust to the uneven numbers on the pitch, Wake Forest found the equalizer on the fourth goal of the season for Jon Bakero. Brad Dunwell started the chance with a long, looping pass into the right side of the box, where Sam Raben centered the ball with a header to Bakero, who scored inside the left post in the 35th minute.
Following halftime, the Demon Deacons gained their first lead of the night at 2-1 in the 56th minute when Ema Twumasi scored into an open net for his first goal of the season. Brandon Servania distributed the ball to Omir Fernandez, who charged into the right side of the box and past Cardinals goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch before giving the ball up to Twumasi near the left side of the goal for the finish.
Wake Forest added the final goal in the 71st minute after Omir Fernandez dribbled across the top of the 18-yard box from the left side and scored inside the left post for his first goal of the season. Despite the scoring difference, Louisville closed the match with a 10-8 advantage in shots.
Up next, No. 8 Louisville continues its ACC slate with a visit to No. 7 Syracuse on Friday at 7 p.m., ET.
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