Aug 25, 2013
Louisville, Ky. -
The Louisville women's soccer team fell 5-4 in overtime to No. 17/25 Illinois on Sunday afternoon in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals fall to 1-1-0 on the year while Illinois improves to 1-1-0.
"Anytime you give up five goals it's a difficult day for sure," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I thought we did well to get ourselves in a leading position but didn't do very well to hang on to the lead with some careless mistakes that allowed them to score some very good goals. No disrespect to Illinois, I thought finished some great shots, I just think we could have been a step earlier or we could have slid. Just some extra effort would have really been the difference today. It's kind of a difficult game to swallow because I thought it was a game we could have gotten and we let it slip away. Now we have got to refocus and go on the road against two very good ACC teams next weekend."
Illinois held possession early in the game, which paid off with in the 13th minute when Janelle Haws found the back of the net. One minute later Erin Yenney crossed the ball inside the box and Casey Whitfield headed the ball in the goal to knot the score at 1-1.
The Cardinals continued to hold the majority of possession in the first half. In the 25th minute Kari Weinland shot the ball at the keeper who defelected the ball into the box. Charlyn Corral gathered the deflection and shot it back at the keeper who sent the ball back to Corral who fired a shot to the back of the net, giving Louisville a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals finished the first half with the lead.
Five minutes into the second half, Illinois' Meegan Johnston found Nicole Breece streaking up the field and crossed the ball to her for the equalizer. The Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick in the 51st minute . Corral stepped up and blasted a shot past the keeper for a 3-2 lead.
In the 55th minute, Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo dribbled the ball inside the box and floated the shot just over Paige Brown's head for another equalizer. Then in the 60th minute DiBernardo sent a corner kick inside the box to Anastasia Medellin for a goal, giving Illinois a 4-3 lead.
With a minute and a half remaining in the match, Rachel Melhado had a shot from 30 yards out hit the bar and Christine Exeter was able to gather the lose ball and found the back of the net for the equalizer, sending the game into overtime.
One minute into the overtime period, Corral had a shot go just wide. Two minutes later the Illini's Johnson was able to score on a breakaway for the game-winner.
Louisville finished the game with a slight 18-17 shot advantage. Both teams finished with four corner kicks. Illinois' Clair Wheatley finished with six saves while Brown finished with four saves.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, Aug. 30 as they face Virginia Tech at 4:00 p.m. in the Wake Forest Invitational.
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