LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Defending national runner-up Louisville more than lived up to its No. 3 national ranking with a 4-0 victory over Butler in a non-league match at Cardinal Park on Saturday (Sept. 17). The setback ended Butler's four-match unbeaten streak.
"Louisville is clearly one of the best teams in the nation," said Butler coach Paul Snape after the match. "They're very sharp, they control the ball, they have great flow and rhythm and they're tight defensively. They're just a very, very good team."
"Some of our guys had never played in a game with such high tempo, and that will help us as we move forward," continued the Butler coach. "There were positives for us. We played well for a 20-minute stretch in the second half. We were creating chances and if you came in at that time and didn't look at the scoreboard, you would have thought the match was even."
The Cardinals (5-1) took command 18 minutes into the match with the first of two first-half goals. Andrew Farrell passed the ball to Nick DeLeon, who served it into the middle, where Mark Knight scored on a header to right side of the net. It would prove to be the game-winner.
Michael Roman added a second goal later in the first half, while Buck Tufty and Chase Rodgers added goals for the home squad in the final period.
Louisville finished with a commanding 24-6 advantage in shots, including a 7-1 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun and freshman Zach Steinberger each had two shots for the Bulldogs, with Oluyedun coming up with the lone shot on goal.
Jon Dawson, who went the distance in goal and finished with three saves, was tagged with his second loss of the season.
"We have to get better defensively and we have to keep the ball and use it wisely," added Snape. "We had too many careless turnovers tonight."
Butler (3-2-1) will close out its stretch of six consecutive matches away from home on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at IPFW. The Bulldogs will return to the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 24, to host Horizon League foe Milwaukee at 5 p.m. (ET).