Sep 6, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY -- The University of Louisville women's soccer team fell to Kentucky 2-0 on Friday evening at the UK Soccer Stadium. Louisville falls to 1-2-1 on the season while UK improves to 3-1-1.
"I thought that we played really well in the first 25 minutes," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "We had some chances but just couldn't put one away. I think they took some of our rhythm away in the last 20 minutes of the first half. I thought the difference in the game was Stuart Pope, I thought she was exceptional in the midfield. She got that half chance and was able to score it. We had similar chances but couldn't finish them. I am proud of the way we played, I thought it was a good soccer game. I thought it was a high level game for the state to see. We just need to keep pushing forward and put together more significant minutes ultimately win games."
The Cardinals were able to hold the majority of possession in the first half. Senior Charlyn Corral had a shot on goal in the first minute but UK keeper Kayla King made the save. Corral had another shot blocked in the box during the eighth minute.
Senior Christine Exeter took a corner kick and headed the ball in but the keeper collected it for the save in the 10th minute. Coral had another shot go just wide in the 18th minute. UK had its best shot of the half when Caitlin Landis shot the ball just inside the box but Cardinal keeper Paige Brown made the save. In the 36th minute Kari Weinland had a chance as well but was collected by the keeper. UK had a series of corner kicks in the 37th minute, but were unable to finish. In the final minute of the first period, UK also had a shot go just wide.
Corral had a chance early in the first minute of the second period but the keeper was able to deflect the ball out. In the 51st minute the Wildcats' Stuart Pope sent a shot to the top right of the net off a cross from Courtney Raetzman to put UK up 1-0.
Kentucky continued to put pressure on the Cardinal defense in the second half. Brown made a diving save in the 56th minute. She also made saves in the 64th and 67th minute. In the 77th minute Corral had a free kick on the far left side of the field, she bent it into the left corner of the goal but the keeper punched it out. Louisville then had three straight possessions, two corners and a throw in, but couldn't connect.
In the 80th minute Exeter took a header just inside the penalty box but the UK keeper grabbed the shot. Exeter got free inside the box for a shot but it was blocked by a Kentucky defender. The Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick in the 84th minute and Arin Gilliand took the shot and Brown got a hand on it but was unable to stop it, giving UK a 2-0 lead. Exeter had a header that was knocked out of the goal by a UK defender in the 87th minute of play.
Louisville finished the game with a 13-11 shot advantage. Both teams finished with seven corner kicks. Brown finished with four saves while King finished with four saves as well.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Sunday as they travel to Miami (OH) for a 1:00 p.m. match.