Cardinals show quality and maturity

[MARYLAND-LOUISVILLE] Louisville's strong postseason run continued as it won 4-2 at No. 5 Maryland, setting up a rematch of its 5-4 win over UCLA in last year's NCAA Division I quarterfinals. Senior Colin Rolfe had a hand in all four Cardinal goals at Ludwig Field with one goal and three assists.

Louisville took the lead in the 19th minute as Rolfe sent a cross just inside the box to a streaking Nick DeLeon for the first goal of the game.

Maryland responded in the 33rd minute when Patrick Mullins sent a cross into the right post where Casey Townsend headed the ball in the net.

The back-and-forth action continued in the second half as Rolfe took a pass from Kenney Walker and scored in the 52nd minute, but the Terps equalized for a second time on a goal by Matt Oduaran in the 67th minute.

But Rolfe was just too much for Maryland, setting up freshman Daniel Keller in the 78th minute for the game-winning goal and Michael Roman for the insurance goal five minutes later and coming close himself on a blast over the crossbar in the 80th minute.

Indeed, Louisville showed why it was the preseason No. 1 with a tremendous display against a very good Maryland team that played some of its best soccer of the season.

"We ran into a team that was the preseason favorite for a reason," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski. "They have a lot of quality, a lot of maturity. They're physically strong and skillful. They're much better than their seed and much better than their record."

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