Nov. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
No. 5 Old Dominion (13-6, 7-1 BIG EAST) shutout No. 14 Louisville (15-5, 6-2 BIG EAST), 2-0, Friday evening in the first round of the conference championship.
Both of the Lady Monarchs' goals came with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game, earning the team a spot in the BIG EAST Championship finals.
Forward Nicole Goff broke the tie at 60:20 with her first goal of the season off a rebound, giving the Lady Monarchs a 1-0 lead.
Forward Katy Furhman had a great shot just minutes later, with her shot just going wide. Louisville called a timeout a few moments later and pulled King for the extra attacker.
Goff had an opportunity to add to the lead, but her shot went wide as she lost her stick.
Furhman put the game at 2-0 for Old Dominion with just over a minute left in the second half. She took the ball from Goff and shot it into the open net.
The teams traded possession in the first half with each team's defense stepping up to limit time in the circles. Old Dominion and Louisville were even in shots, 3-3, at the end of the half. Cardinal goalkeeper Sydney King made one save while ODU goalie Megan Hept made two.
Forward Shannon Sloss had a great opportunity for the Cardinals early in the second half, but her shot went just high of the goal.
The Lady Monarchs led in shots in the game, 11-4, and held a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners.
The game was Old Dominion's eighth shutout in the past 12 games, all credited to Hept.
The Lady Monarchs will face No. 7 Connecticut Sunday at 1 p.m. in the BIG EAST Championship finals. UConn defeated No. 19 Temple, 3-0, earlier on Friday.