The University of Louisville women’s soccer showed little of the magic of its seven game opening win streak in a 5-0 loss to No. 5 Notre Dame University in its first true test of the 2010 season.
The Irish outshot the Cards 22-4 on Sunday afternoon, in a match that was the third game in Big East play for both teams. The loss moved the Cards to 8-2 on the season and 2-1 in Big East play. Notre Dame went to 9-1 and 3-0.
Notre Dame senior midfielder Taylor Knaack opened the scoring nine minutes in off a solid cross from senior captain Jessica Schuveiller to put the Irish on the board. The Irish would not look back, simply overwhelming U of L’s star goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, who had a career high 11 saves, but also allowed the career high five goals.
Junior Melissa Henderson scored two goals, at 23 and 71 minutes respectively, her fifth and sixth scores of the season. Two scores by senior Erica Iantorno and junior Ellen Jantsch in the last three minutes sealed the blowout.
The Cards offense sputtered all afternoon, managing just three shots on goal. Senior captain Caitlin Rehder’s attempt just after half was the only real scoring opportunity for the Cards, who were plagued by poor passing throughout. They did not even get a shot off until the 39thminute, when senior Shannon Leamy dribbled one toward Irish senior goalkeeper Nikki Weiss.
Freshman forward Christine Exeter, who leads the team in scoring, looked hampered by a minor hip injury, and did not register a shot.
Sunday’s game was a homecoming for Notre Dame junior Brynn Gerstle, who graduated from Louisville Assumption High School. Several friends and family members were in attendance, almost matching the Louisville support.
The Cards finish with eight matches of Big East play, beginning on Friday Oct. 1 at Cardinal Park against Pittsburgh.