Sep 8, 2013
OXFORD, OHIO -- The University of Louisville women's soccer team came from behind to defeat Miami (OH) 3-2 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. Charlyn Corral led the Cardinals with two goals and one assists. Louisville improves to 2-2-1 on the season while Miami (OH) falls to 3-2-0.
The RedHawks struck first in the 16th minute when midfielder Kelsey Dinges played a through ball to Kayla Zakrzewski down the left side. Zakrzewski then one-timed a cross to the opposite side of the goal where sophomore Haley Walter was all alone for the putaway, giving the Redhawks a 1-0 lead.
Following the RedHawks' score however, the Cardinals started to get into a rhythm and controlled possession. The Cardinals nearly tied it in the 25th minute when Christine Exeter bent a shot toward the outside post but the Redhawks' goalkeeper Allison Norenberg made a diving stop. Ten minutes later, the Cardinals had another close call but Corral's shot hit the post.
The Redhawks were able to hold onto its 1-0 lead through the first 45 minutes, despite being outshot 10-3 in the first half. Norenberg came up with three saves in the opening period while Cardinal keeper Paige Brown finished with one save.
The Redhawks took possession early in the second period and earned a quick foul. Dinges took a free kick from just inside the midfield stripe, sending it into the box, where Brown came out to play it, but she only got a hand on it. The ball bounced right to Jess Bronke, who buried it in the open net for a 2-0 Miami lead in the 46 minute of play.
After the second Redhawks goal, the Cardinals responded swiftly. In the 54th minute, Exeter sent a pass that bounced into the box, where Corral chipped it over a charging Norenberg to cut the lead to 2-1. Then, just 44 seconds later, Corral struck again taking a pass from Shannon Dennehey and ripping a shot from 15 yards just inside the right post past a diving Norenberg to knot the match at 2-2.
Both teams had some opportunities in the second half but were unable to finish, sending the game into overtime. In the first minute of the overtime period Brown made a save to keep the Cards' chances alive. In the fifth minute of the overtime period, Corral set up Nicole Mitchell for the game-winner. Corral tried to pass into the box and a Miami defender deflected it out to the top of the box where Mitchell came flying in and blasted a shot into the right side of the net, giving the Cardinals the 3-2 victory in the 95th minute.
Louisville finished with a 22-11 edge in shots, 10 of which came off the foot of Corral. The Cardinals held just a slight 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Norenberg totaled five saves in the contest while Brown compiled four. Both teams finished with six corner kicks.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 13 as they host Morehead State at 5:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park.
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