Oct. 13, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's soccer team fell 1-0 to No. 19/21 UCF in an American Athletic Conference match Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park. The Cards are now 9-4-1 on the season and 5-1 in league play while the Knights improve to 11-2-2 (5-0-1 American).
"I'm very disappointed with our performance today," said UofL head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "Beyond the fact that we lost- we did not start sharp at all and you cannot do that to a good team like UCF. We played better in the second half and created some chances but it just wasn't enough."
The teams played through 20 scoreless minutes before the Knights broke through with the only goal of the game. Jennifer Martin dribbled into the box from the left side, got past a defender as she moved toward the middle and directed a shot just over the outstretched arms of Louisville's freshman goalkeeper Paige Brown into the upper middle part of the net.
The Cards had some early chances to score, but the Knights controlled much of the first half, holding an 8-5 edge in shots with a 5-1 advantage on shots on goal. The Cardinals held a 3-0 lead in corner kicks. Brown collected four first half saves while UCF's Lainee Maldonado had one.
After the break, Louisville regrouped offensively, finishing the half with an 8-6 edge in shots while UCF held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals attacked early, firing off four shots in the first 10 minutes of play. Maldonado stopped three of them and another was blocked by a defender. The Knights mounted their own attack, delivering their first shot of the half which was saved by Brown. Both teams traded shots throughout the rest of the period, but the score stood at 1-0.
In the game, UCF edged Louisville 14-13 in shots and had nine shots on goal to UofL's six. The Cards had a 5-3 advantage in corners. Louisville was whistled for 14 fouls to UCF's 13. While playing in her final regular season home game, senior Charlyn Corral paced the Cards offensively with four shots on goal. Brown finished the game with eight saves while Maldonado had six stops for the Knights.
UofL returns to action on Oct. 17 with a trip to American Athletic Conference opponent Temple.