LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - Redshirt-senior forward Tyler Leeman tallied his second goal of the 2015 season midway through the first half, but the UConn men's soccer team couldn't hold the lead and fell, 2-1, to Louisville on Tuesday night at Lynn Stadium. With the setback, the Huskies drop to 3-5-4, while Louisville improves to 5-5-3.
Leeman gave UConn a 1-0 edge at the 26:04 mark, taking a cross from the right side and finishing on the near post from six yards out. Freshman forward Fredrik Jonsson and junior co-captain Jake Nerwinski were credited with assists on the scoring play. For Nerwinski, the assist marked his team-leading fourth helper of the 2015 season.
Louisville knotted the match up 14 minutes later when Daniel Johnson took a pass from Ben Strong and scored on the inside right post.
The Cardinals took the lead at the 71:21 mark when second-half substitution freshman Ricardo Oliveros collected a clearance attempt from the Husky backline and fired a rocket into the back of the net from 12 yards out for his first collegiate goal.
Freshman keeper Casey Axman picked up a win in his first collegiate start, making one save. His counterpart Scott Levene made one save in the loss.
The Huskies had the first scoring chance of the match in the seventh minute when they earned back-to-back corner kick attempts but junior midfielder Sebastian Brems fired a shot that sailed over the crossbar. 14 minutes later, the team had another pair of consecutive corners but couldn't find the back of the net after Leeman blasted a shot toward net that was blocked by the leg of a defender.
Brems nearly doubled the Husky lead in the 31st minute, taking a cross from Awuah and putting a volley toward goal that was too high. Levene made a nice defensive play in the 64th minute, coming off his line and rising up to grab a dangerous corner attempt off the foot of Danny Reynolds.
UConn now stands at 4-2-1 all-time against Louisville in a series that dates back to 2005.
Connecticut returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 17 when it continues American Athletic Conference play against UCF. Kickoff at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium is set for 7 p.m.