By Donny Yaste–
The Lady Cardinals soccer team competed for 90 minutes, but they didn’t finish as well as the Lady Bears. They dropped their opening game of the 2011 Courtyard by Marriot Louisville Airport Cardinal Classic three to zero. However, the game wasn’t as lopsided as the score would indicate. Spectator Gavin Clark had this to say, “I was impressed with the skill demonstrated by U of L’s team, even though they lost.”
The Lady Cards and the Lady Bears were very even throughout the first half. Both teams had an equal number of chances to score, and Lady Card Angelika Uremovich almost scored several times. But in the second half the scoring chances were dominated by Baylor, which allowed them to net three goals. The first came in the forty seventh minute as Natalie Huggins scored on a through ball to put Baylor up one to zero. The Lady Bears then added two more goals on headers, the first by Lisa Sliwinski in the sixty eighth minute and then Hanna Gilmore’s in the eighty eighth minute. The Lady Cards fans were hoping for a win but were optimistic for future success. As said by Lady Cards fan Eric Matthews, “Both teams demonstrated great technique, it’s unfortunate UL didn’t pull out the
The game was nearly even in shots at thirteen to ten Baylor, but Baylor had six shots on goal while the Lady Cards only had two. This goes to show that even though the score didn’t reflect it, the Lady Cards competed well and this game will likely be something they can
However, Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes was more critical. “Our players are battling at some level, but we have to learn to create more chances as we battle in these kinds of games” said Coach FergusonDayes.
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