Women's Soccer Hosts Butler in Season Opener on Friday

Katie Walz

Katie Walz

Aug 22, 2013

Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's soccer team will kick off the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 23 as they host Butler at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park. Both teams enter the match with perfect records in exhibition play. The Cardinals finished 2-0 with wins over Vanderbilt and Purdue while Butler finished 1-0 with a win over Ball State.

Louisville is led by head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes, who begins her 13th season with the Cardinals. The Cardinals went 10-4-4 and placed third in the National Division of the BIG EAST in 2012 and returns a strong lineup including preseason all-conference selection Charlyn Corral (a unanimous selection). Corral earned First Team All-BIG EAST and NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honors last season and led Louisville in scoring with 23 points. The Cardinals also return nine starters and 97 percent of its goal scoring.

Butler is coming off a 12-5-4 season that included a berth in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. The Bulldogs return their top six scorers back from last season, including All-Mid-Atlantic Region performer Sophia Maccagnone. The 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year, Maccagnone led the Bulldogs with 11 goals last fall, including six game-winning scores. Butler boasts 12 other players who saw action in 15 or more matches last fall.

The Cardinals will be hosting a free pregame clinic at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is open to children ages 5 to 13. Clinic participants can enjoy face painting, poster making, snow cones and inflatables before the game. U of L students will also be able to register to win season tickets for the 2013 Cardinal football season and a semester of free books up to $500. Students will register on Friday night and head coach Charlie Strong will draw the name of the lucky student at the Illinois game on Sunday, Aug. 25.



To purchase 2013 season tickets or to become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or emailtickets@gocards.com for more information.

Fans can follow Louisville women's soccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ulwomenssoccer and on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ulwomenssoccer.