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Friday, August 21, 2015

Women's Soccer opens season with 2-1 win over Wright State -- Saturday Cardinal Couple


University of Louisville Women's Soccer got first half goals from freshman Gabrielle Vincent and senior Lexie Niedoba and held on late during a Wright State rally to win the season opener in front of roughly 2000 fans in Lynn Stadium Friday night.

Vincent started the scoring 10 1/2 minutes into the contest when she took a Casey Whitfield corner kick and headed it into the net past WSU goalie Kelsey Deal. The Cards added a second goal with 1:08 left in the first 45...Niedoba getting a nifty feed from Rachel Avant and connecting from the upper left corner.

Cards starting goalie Taylor Bucklin, a transfer from Michigan and the solid Cards defense of Inger Katrine Bjerke, Isabella Gutierrez, Hannah Konermann held the Raiders scoreless for 87 minutes...a score off a cross got WSU within one. Louisville kept the Raiders from tying in the final three minutes.

Statistically, Louisville dominated on the offense. The Cards attempted 23 shots...15 more than the visitors. Louisville also had 10 shots on goal to WSU's 4. Deal was kept busy with eight saves...Louisville narrowly missed several scoring opportunities on shots hitting the crossbar or barely sailing over the net.

-- Built for speed -- If Rachel Avant isn't the fastest player on the Cards roster, she isn't far behind. Cut loose on several breakaway opportunities, the senior transfer from Iowa Central Community College and Frankfurt, Germany narrowly missed two scoring chances.

-- Did you see that! -- Bucklin had an incredible save in front of the goal with 13 minutes remaining. It turned out to be huge...without it, this one could have ended in a tie.

-- Putting in overtime -- Bucklin, Shelby Cohen, Gutierrez, Konermann, Bjerke and Alison Price played the entire 90 minutes for the Cards.  

-- A tough call -- Head UofL coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said in a post-game interview with CARDINAL COUPLE that starting Bucklin in goal was one of the hardest decisions she's had to make so far this season. The Cards have three outstanding goalies in Bucklin, red-shirt freshman Victoria Gabor and last year's starter junior Paige Brown.

-- Look-alikes?-- My steamed colleague Worldwide is convinced Cardinal sophomore midfielder Shelby Cohen bears a remarkable resemblance to former Cardinal Softball outfield Kelsi Jones.  You decide...

All-in-all...a good opener for the Cards. Coach KFD has won 13 season-openers in a row now. It gets rougher Sunday when top 25 Washington comes to town.


Be sure to listen to the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO SHOW this morning at 11 a.m. for post game interviews with Coach KFD and Lexie Niedoba.  We'll also have interviews from Volleyball's Anne Kordes and Katie George, preview Fall Fan Fest Day and talk about Field Hockey's opening exhibition game against Iowa that starts at 11:30 this morning. Volleyball also has a intra-squad scrimmage at 6 p.m. in Cardinal Arena. It going to be a busy day. Hear our show on WCHQ 100.9 FM locally or on the internet at

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