When you're a coach, it's tough to know what to expect from your freshmen.
Sometimes they're a little naive and so new that they don't know they should be nervous for a big rivalry game.
Sometimes they look like deer in headlights when the scoreboard clock starts ticking and a big crowd starts gathering.
The coaches from Louisville and Kentucky lived opposite sides of that coin Wednesday night when the No. 6 Cardinals stayed unbeaten, dropping the Cats 2-0 at the UK Soccer Complex.
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It was the third straight win in the series for Louisville, which is off to the best start in school history.
The Cards' first goal, just 16 minutes into the game, came off the foot of a freshman.
Dylan Mares, a midfielder, collected Nick DeLeon's missed shot off the cross bar and immediately fired it back in past Kentucky keeper Tyler Beadle.
"I saw as soon as it hit the ground there was no one on the wide post, so I hit it," Mares said. "I saw there was no one on that side, and I placed it in."
It was Mares' team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The freshman from Indiana was Big East Rookie of the Week this week after scoring the go-ahead goal over Providence.
He doesn't play like a freshman, Coach Ken Lolla said.
"He's good around the box, and he obviously finishes well," Lolla said. "He's done a great job and scored some big goals for us."
Both of Louisville's goals came relatively early in their respective halves, which helped the Cardinals settle in.
Less than two minutes into the second half, the Cards (6-0-2) struck again, this time on an Austin Berry header off the corner kick from Kenney Walker to make it 2-0. It was Berry's second score of the season.
Being able to get both the first and second half off to a quick start was key, Lolla said.
"We knew this was an emotional game and that we needed to start strong in both halves," Lolla said. "We did do a good job of that tonight, to start well in both halves."
Kentucky, which started five freshmen and three sophomores, was outshot 16-5 overall, including 5-1 on frame.
Louisville's defense held Kentucky (3-5-1) without a shot on goal until the final four minutes of the game.
"Our defense has been very solid all year long," Lolla said. "Especially against Kentucky in the second half, from the standpoint they played very, very direct and put our backs under a lot of pressure. I thought they handled it very well."
His counterpart, UK Coach Ian Collins, was frustrated that his young team couldn't seem to play its game.
"We couldn't get going," Collins said. "We never really got into any kind of rhythm, and I'm a little disappointed on that end."
The youth showed, he said, especially in front of a big home crowd of 2,107.
The Cats started eight underclassmen and five of their next eight players off the bench were either freshmen or sophomores as well.
"We weren't the way we've been the last couple of games," Collins said. "Maybe we got caught up a little bit into the rivalry, into the crowd. That was a little disappointing, but understandable."
Louisville 2, Kentucky 0
Goals—Dylan Mares, Austin Berry.
Goalkeepers—L: Andre Boudreaux; UK: Tyler Beadle.
Records—Louisville 6-0-2, Kentucky 3-5-1.