Boys Soccer Subdues Salem on Senior Night
Louisville 3, Salem 1
The Louisville Leopards Boys Soccer team earned a 3-1 Senior Night victory over the visiting Salem Quakers Tuesday at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improves to 4-9-1 overall and evens their NBC record at 3-3 on the season.
Salem got on the board first when Conoor Jobe headed the ball into the top of the net off a pass from Mason Jobe. The goal with 23:28 left in the first half would give the Quakers their only lead of the game.
Louisville knotted the game at 1-1 less than four minutes later. Derek Zeller kicked back a pass to Bradley Terra who laced the ball between three Salem defenders and into the right side of the net for his first goal of the season. The Leopards and Quakers would play scoreless ball for the final 19:31 of the opening half and go into the break tied at 1-1.
Neither team scored through the first 22 minutes of the second half. Louisville Goalie Jarrett Zwick made several big saves in goal to keep the game all tied up.
Finally, Zeller pushed a pass ahead to Senior Trevor Burk just outside the center of the penalty box. Burk popped the ball over the charging Salem Goalie and followed it into the back of the net to assure the Leopards a 2-1 advantage with 17:55 left to play.
Things got chippy down the stretch, allowing Louisville to take full control of the game. First, a handball was called against the Quakers in the box. Salem’s starting goalie argued in disgust and drew a Yellow Card forcing him to sit out for the Penalty Kick. Mitch Perez rocketed the ensuing free kick into the right side of the net to give the Leopards a 3-1 lead with 15:33 left to play.
Not long after that, a separate Quakers player said the magic word on the other end of the field. The center referee charged in flashing a red card indicating an ejection. As a result, Louisville played the final 15 minutes with a man advantage to remove all possibilities of a Salem rally.
With the victory, the Leopards have now defeated the Quakers the last two times they’ve played at Louisville Leopards Stadium. Louisville still trails the all-time series to Salem 2-3.
Prior to the contest, the Leopards honored their two Senior Players Trevor Burk and Logan Riley. Leopard Nation would like to personally thank these two Seniors for all their hard work and dedication to the Louisville Soccer Program and wish them the best of luck on their journey beyond high school!
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Kent Roosevelt to take on the Rough Riders on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 PM.
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