Louisville tops Columbus Crew reserves 2-1
An 81st minute goal by sophomore Andrew Brody gave Louisville a 2-1 win over a Columbus Crew reserve side in Ohio on Sunday.
Maryland transfer Daniel Johnson did the heavy lifting on the winner with a nifty turn and dribble out of traffic in midfield that eventually led to an easy finish for Brody. Johnson was wearing the No. 9 shirt recent Real Monarchs signing Ricardo Velazco wore for the Cardinals the last two seasons and certainly stood out in the highlights (see below).
Freshman right back Tim Kubel, who was the leading goal scorer for a team that struggled offensively in the fall, opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 42nd minute after a shot by Ethan Decker was handled in the box.
Goalkeeper Theo Jamilloux, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, narrowly missed saving a Crew penalty kick two minutes later that leveled the score and was “an authoritative presence throughout the match,” according to a match report on the team website.
Defender Sawyer Edwards cleared a ball off the line to help preserve the win, which was the first stateside for the Cardinals for the spring after dropping their opener to USL club Louisville City FC. The team traveled to Spain for spring break, drawing Rayo Vellecano’s U19 team 1-1 and beating Alcala 2-0.
Up next, the Cardinals will host Akron on April 4, former assistant Mario Sanchez and SIU Edwardsville April 12 and Xavier April 18.
Photo of Tim Kubel courtesy of the Louisville Cardinals