Oct. 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The University of Louisville women's soccer team will travel to a pair of American Athletic Conference matches this weekend with Temple and UConn. The Cardinals will face Temple on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 p.m. and UConn on Sunday, Oct. 20 at noon.
This past weekend, the Cardinals split a pair of conference games against USF and UCF on Friday and Sunday, respectively, in Cardinal Park. Louisville, now 9-4-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, prevailed 3-0 versus South Florida as Charlyn Corral scored first to gain her league-leading 12th goal of the season. Christine Exeter scored next with her seventh goal this year, and Erin Yenney notched the third goal of the night. The Bulls held a 9-8 shot advantage but were never able to capitalize. Goalkeeper Paige Brown helped the Card's cause with two saves.
On Sunday, the Cardinals lost their first conference game of the season and ended their five game winning streak when they fell to No. 19 UCF 1-0 on Senior Day. Louisville could never take advantage of Central Florida's defense leaving them scoreless for the first time since Sept. 6. Corral led the team with four shots on goal but could not convert against the Knights, while defensively, Brown registered eight saves on the day.
Temple will enter the game against the Cardinals with a 6-7-1 overall record and a 1-4 record in AAC play. The Owls are coming off of a 3-1 loss at UConn last Friday in Morrone Stadium. Sophomore Erin Lafferty scored her third goal of the season to avoid a shutout. Sophomore goalkeeper Shauni Kerkoff had an outstanding night fending of a career high 15 goals as the Owls were outshot 33-5. Although Temple fell in this game, Kerkoff still leads the league in shutouts with seven. She is also second in save percentage (.840), total saves with 68, and saves per game at 4.86. Kerkoff has helped put Temple in a three-way tie for shutouts on the season.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
UConn, who is 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference, took down Temple at home in a convincing manner last Friday. The Huskies were very aggressive with 33 shots on goal. Subsequently, Connecticut leads the league in shots with 309 this season. Sophomore Stephanie Ribeiro led the way with 11 shots. UConn shared the wealth as redshirt junior Julie Hubbard scored a goal and had 10 shots, while junior Riley Houle and senior Jennifer Skogerboe each had a goal, as well. Defensively, freshman keeper Emily Armstrong recorded six saves. The Huskies have four players in the top five of shots on goal in the league, with freshman Rachel Hill only behind Louisville's Corral, with 66. Hill is also second in points with 23, and tied at second for goals with 10 so far, both behind Corral. UConn will first play Cincinnati tomorrow at home.
The Cardinals are 0-2-2 all-time against the Huskies.
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