Women's Soccer Opens Season with a 2-0 Win Over Butler

Christine Exeter

Christine Exeter

Aug 23, 2013

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Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville women's soccer team opened up the 2013 season with a 2-0 win over Butler on Friday evening in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals scored two goals in the second half to improve to 1-0 on the year while Butler drops to 0-1.

The Cardinal attack got started early freshman Rachele Armand's shot in the seventh minute was saved but Butler keeper Julie Burton. Cardinal keeper Paige Brown was tested in the 12th minute but came up with the save. Charlyn Corral's shot in the 18th minute was saved. Butler had one more shot on goal in the first half but Brown came up with the save in the 23rd minute. Shannon Dennehey had a shot on goal in the 32nd minute and Caroline Kimble had a chance it the 38th minute but neither were able to finish. The first half ended in a scoreless tie.

The Louisville attack wasted no time in the second half. In the first minute of the second period Corral took a corner kick and bent it inside the box to Christine Exeter who headed the ball into the middle of the net for the score. Despite taking a one goal lead, the Cardinals continued to control most of the possession.

Corral had an opportunity in the 49th minute but the Bulldogs' keeper collected the save. Butler had a chance in the 58th minute but Brown came up with the save. Corral had another chance in the 72th minute and Kim Sharo had one in the 74th minute but the Butler keeper made two saves to keep the lead at 1-0. Exeter had two shots in front of the box blocked in the 77th and 80th minutes. In the 84th minute Hannah Konermann crossed the ball to a streaking Corral for a security goal for a 2-0 lead.

In the 87th minute Butler had their best chance for a score Elise Kotsakis took a shot inside the box but Brown deflected the ball back to the box and Butler was called for a handball. The Cardinal defense held strong in the final minutes to get the first shutout of the season.

Louisville finished the game with a 20-9 shot advantage and a 10-2 corner kick advantage. Brown finished the game with four saves while Butler's Burton finished with seven saves.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Sunday, Aug. 25 as they host Illinois at 1:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.