Senior forward Mohamed Thiaw registered the first hat trick for the University of Louisville men’s soccer team since 2012 as the No. 5 Cardinals cruised to a dominant 5-0 victory against Florida Atlantic on a rainy Tuesday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
Thiaw delivered the first goal of the match in the 10th minute before adding the final two goals of the evening for Louisville (9-1-2), which extended its unbeaten streak to seven with the win. The trio of goals for Thiaw were the most since Dylan Mares had a three-goal performance in a triumph against Winthrop in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Nov. 18, 2012.
Tuesday’s performance doubled Thiaw’s goal total on the season giving him six overall. In 33 collegiate matches during his two seasons with the Cardinals, Thiaw has 18 total goals, including 10 game-winners. Prior to the hat trick, Thiaw’s single game high for goals was two against Virginia on Sept. 24, 2016.
Senior defender Tim Kubel added his fifth goal of the season and his fourth assist, while junior midfielder Tate Schmitt scored his sixth goal of 2017. Kubel has 20 career goals and 23 assists in his four seasons at Louisville, while Schmitt has 18 collegiate goals in his three seasons with the Cardinals.
Defensively, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Will Meyer had a pair of save to earn his third straight clean sheet as the Cardinals registered their seventh shutout of the season, including the fifth in the last six matches. Louisville has played more than 325 minutes since its last goal allowed while also surrendering just one goal in the last 639 minutes of game action.
The scoring started Tuesday when Thiaw converted on a penalty kick in the 10th minute. A little more than six minutes later, the Cardinals extended their lead to 2-0 when Kubel converted from 12 yards out after receiving a crossing pass from junior Walker Andriot in the 16th minute. Louisville kept the pedal down for its third goal in the first 26 minutes of the match after Schmitt scored on a header inside the left post from eight yards following a perfect cross off the foot of Kubel.
Following halftime, Louisville extended the margin to 4-0 early in the second half when Thiaw successfully finished his second penalty kick of the night in the 51st minute. Less than six minutes later, Thiaw capped the scoring with a strike inside the right post from 10 yards out. Junior Adrien Cabon provided a perfect deep ball from the left side of the field to Thiaw for his second assist of the season.
The Cardinals finished with a 17-3 advantage in shots, including an 11-2 edge on goal. Louisville has also held a 4-3 margin in corner kicks.
Up next, No. 5 Louisville hosts No. 4 North Carolina in a top 10 clash at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m., ET. The match will be second contest in a doubleheader as the Louisville women’s soccer team will host Pittsburgh in the first match at 5:30 p.m.
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