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UofL soccer beats #20 Virginia 2-1 in opener

No. 10 Louisville Men's Soccer Opens with 2-1 Win at No. 20 Virginia

Ockford's second half goal lifts Louisville; Velazco scores goal while Brody adds two assists



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior Jimmy Ockford delivered the decisive second half goal while the defense turned away numerous late attacks as the 10th-ranked Louisville men's soccer team opened 2013 with an impressive 2-1 victory at No. 20 Virginia on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.

With the score even at 1-1 in the top 20 showdown of future conference foes, Ockford (Yardley, Pa./Mount St. Mary's) headed a perfect cross from freshman Andrew Brody (Orlando, Fla./Vista Grande HS) into the net in the 63rd minute for the game-winner and his first career goal as a Cardinal. The assist was the second of the night for Brody in his first collegiate game, while the clinching goal came on a quick attack by Louisville after the Cavaliers were whistled for one of their 11 fouls on the night.

Following the goal, the Cardinals turned away several Virginia attacks in a furious attempt by the six-time NCAA champions to overcome the deficit in front of an announced crowd of more than 4,000. However, Louisville made the second half goal by Ockford stand in the first ever matchup on the soccer pitch between the two programs.

"I think Virginia is a good team and they will win a lot of games, so this win, especially in relation to the RPI, will be very important to us down the road," said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. "Most importantly for us was playing a very good game on the road early in the season because it forces growth in us and gives us a tremendous amount of experience. This is certainly a good platform for us as move forward."

UofL opened the scoring in Friday night's season-opener when sophomore Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) connected on a tap past UVA goalkeeper Jeff Gal in the 22nd minute for the 1-0 advantage. Brody was credited with his first assist of the night on the first career goal as a Cardinal for Velazco.

The Cavaliers answered a little more than 10 minutes later when Scott Thomsen used a free kick from 22 yards out to score past Louisville junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) in the 33rd minute to even the score at 1-1. It was the first career goal for the sophomore Thomsen.

In goal, Ball turned away two shots in the victory for Louisville, while Gal managed just one save in the losing effort. Overall, the Cardinals and Cavaliers finished with 10 shots each, including three shots on goal for both squads, while Virginia finished with a 3-2 edge in corner kicks

Up next, 10th-ranked Louisville will kick off its 10-game home schedule with a visit from Cleveland State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park. To purchase 2013 season tickets or to become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or email tickets@gocards.com for more information.     

Fans can follow Louisville men's soccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uoflmenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLmenssoccer.

Additional Comments from Louisville Head Coach Ken Lolla

"I thought Derek McCaffrey was very good for us both when he played in an attacking role – holding the ball up and starting the attack – as well as when we dropped him in the midfield. His work ethic tonight was tremendous. His leadership was excellent and he clearly had a significant role in the game tonight."

"I thought both Ricardo (Velazco) and Jimmy (Ockford) scored very good goals with (Andrew) Brody assisting on both and I thought all three of those guys impacted the game not only with the goals but in their overall play. They were all very good tonight."

"I thought it was a great evening for us from a growth standpoint. To be in an environment where it was a good crowd against a very good team like Virginia forced us to be better and more cohesive as a group. We had to put some things together to find a way to win the game. All in all, to get this result on the road at Virginia was a huge step forward for us and something for us to build on. However, we also know we have a long way to go yet."

Official release from UofL sports information

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