Leopards Shutout Longtime Nemesis Marlington 4-0 in Sectional Final – Boys Soccer
#9 Louisville 4, #7 Marlington 0
The #9 Seed Louisville Leopards Boys Soccer Team stunned the host #7 Marlington Dukes by shutting them out 4-0 in the DII Northeast 2 Sectional Finals Saturday at Marlington Stadium. The red hot Leopards are now undefeated in their last 10 matches as they improve to 12-4-2 on the season. With the win, Louisville advances to play at #2 Seed Chagrin Falls in the DII Northeast 2 District Semifinals on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM.
The Leopards got on the board with a pair of goals in the opening half. Junior Mason Foley broke the ice by finding the back of the net via an assist from senior Riley Adams. For Foley it was his 8th goal of the season and for Adams it was his team-leading 10th assist of the year. Junior Kael Mickley then added the second score off an assist from freshman Brady Adams. Mickley now has 5 goals for the campaign.
Riley Adams tacked on a pair of goals in the second half to extend Louisville’s lead to an insurmountable 4-0. His brother Brady Adams provided his second assist of the game on the final goal. Riley Adams has now amassed 26 goals on the season and Brady Adams has recorded 9 assists for the year.
Leopard Goalkeeper Joe Reynolds recorded his 8th shutout of the season in goal. That mark surpasses both Austin Terra (2012) and Jarrett Zwick (2016) who previously held the record with 7 shutouts in a single season. This is also Reynolds’ 4th shutout in the postseason, which is another LHS record.
Most Wins in Team History and Other Records
Louisville tied the 2007 season for multiple team records with their win over Marlington. The Leopards 10 straight matches without a loss ties the 2007 team for the longest undefeated streak in team history. LHS is 9-0-1 during this stretch with their only tie coming against Tallmadge. The 2007 team went 8-0-2 during a ten game stretch tying West Branch and Rootstown in the process.
Louisville also tied the 2007 team for the most wins in a single season in program history with 12. This year’s team sits at 12-4-2, while the 2007 team finished with an identical mark of 12-4-2. Both teams 12th win came against Marlington.
Leopards 1st Win Over Marlington Since 2007
This is only the Leopards second win over the Dukes all-time. LHS shutout Marlington 2-0 on October 18, 2007 in a DII Kent Sectional Final matchup played at Louisville. Coming into the game, the Dukes had won 10 of the last 14 matches since that 2007 game with 4 ties in between.
This is the Leopards first ever win when playing at Marlington. Louisville trails the all-time series 2-20-4, which includes a 1-11-1 mark in games played at LHS. Most of those road losses came at Marlington’s Soccer Stadium, but due to COVID-19 this match was played at Marlington’s football stadium. A place where another Leopard team usually dominated the Dukes.
The Leopards are now 2-3 all-time in tournament games against the Dukes as well.
Back-to-Back Sectional Titles
This is just the second time in team history that Louisville Boys Soccer has won back-to-back sectional championships. The 2009 and 2010 teams were the other Leopards squads that accomplished the feat. LHS is now 16-20 all-time in tournament play, which includes a 4-13 record when playing on the road in the postseason.
This is Louisville’s 6th sectional title in team history with their first also coming against Marlington in 2007. The Leopards have never advanced to a district final, but will have a chance to make history when they play at Chagrin Falls Tuesday.
UP NEXT: The #9 seed Leopards will next challenge the #2 seed Chagrin Falls Tigers in the DII Northeast 2 District Semifinals on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM.
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LEOPARDS 4, DUKES 0
LOUISVILLE – Mason Foley (Riley Adams) | LHS 1, MHS 0
LOUISVILLE – Kael Mickley (Brady Adams) | LHS 2, MHS 0
LOUISVILLE – Riley Adams | LHS 3, MHS 0
LOUISVILLE – Riley Adams (Brady Adams) | LH$ 4, MHS 0
Records: Louisville 12-4-2, Marlington