First win is a blowout
By Glypie Grider
The University of Louisville women’s soccer team put on quite an offensive exhibition Sunday afternoon, as they shutout Morehead State 5-0. In front of 360 spectators at Cardinal Park, the Cards decisively defeated the Eagles in their second home appearance of the season.
“It was great to see this team explode for five goals today, and equally important to preserve the shutout,” said head coach Karen Ferguson.
The Cards immediately let their presence be known offensively, as freshman Liz Kinny scored the first goal of the game at 8:03. Kinny’s goal marked her first collegiate goal and the team’s first this season. Fellow freshman Jamie Craft set up Kinny on a box feed from the right side.
Craft collected the second Cardinal score, also her first collegiate goal, from a dual-assist by sophomore Hollie Minogue and junior Mandy Rost, at the 19:35 mark. Minogue carried the ball down the right side and crossed to Rost, whose shot ricocheted off the crossbar into Crafts’ awaiting feet. Craft nailed the shot past MSU keeper Stefani Workman for the 2-0 Cardinal lead.
Kinny scored her second goal of the game from a direct feed by junior Lisa Martin during the 38th minute, increasing the Cardinal lead to 3-0 by halftime.
Louisville switched goalkeepers at the half, replacing junior Meredith Miller, who saw little action during the Cardinals offense-dominated half, with sophomore Angie Gangel. Gangel was credited with one save. Miller’s shutout career record improved to 4.5 with Sunday’s victory.
Though the match remained scoreless for more than 30 minutes in the second half, Martin assisted junior Kim Jents on a goal in the 80th minute.
Jents scored again with just 37 seconds left in the game from a throw-in assist by freshman Lindsay Scheer. Morehead’s Workman mishandled the throw, and Jents capitalized on the error.
Overall, 11 players had shots for U of L, with Jents leading the team with seven. 20 players on the Louisville roster saw playing time.
The Cards’ defense allowed three shots during the shutout victory, while the offense amassed 32 shots during the game, 14 on goal.
“We had some problems getting our shots to go in the last two games,” said Ferguson after the game. The Cards had a shutout tie in double overtime to begin the season against Butler, and a 3-0 loss to Xavier last Friday on the road. “Today, we finished,” Ferguson added, as the Cards came away with five goals.
“We’ve had chances [to score] in the first two games and came up empty, but we knew if we stuck to it, we’d get some goals,” reiterated Kinny. “It’s definitely good for our confidence.”
The Cardinals will play Youngstown State Friday and Wright State Sunday; both are away. Their next home match is on Sept. 19th against Memphis at 7 PM at Cardinal Park. The game will mark the opening of C-USA play.