The University of Louisville women's soccer team defeated Ole Miss 1-0 on Friday evening in the inaugural game at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals had a crowd of 5,100 behind them in the second half and it paid off with a goal in the 56th minute by freshman Chatman DeProspo.
"It probably took us about 25 minutes to settle into the excitement of tonight, but then I think after we got a rhythm and kind of slowed things down, and connected transitions," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I thought we were the better team for significant portions of the game and significant minutes. With that being said I thought we created a ton of chances in the first half but couldn't finish. In the second half, we were a little bit better in the midfield, which allowed us to get some chances into the final third. Paige was absolutely fantastic in goal for us. And then certainly Chatham, it's a big-time goal for a freshman."
The Cardinals struck first in the first half but DeProspo's shot went wide in the fifth minute. Ole Miss had two corner kicks in the ninth and the 12th minute but it was unsuccessful. Neither team was able to get a shot on goal in the first period.
Louisville finished the first half with a 4-1 shot advantage while Ole Miss held a 4-2 corner kick advantage. Neither team was challenged in goal in the first half.
Sophomore Kari Weinland checked into the game 10 minutes into the second half. Seconds later Weinland crossed the ball inside the box to DeProspo who sent the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later DeProspo had another opportunity but the Rebels' Kelly McCormick made the save.
In the 66th minute Addie Forbus had a shot but Paige Brown made the save. Ole Miss started pressing offensively, putting Louisville's young back line to the test. Forbus had two corner kicks bend into the goal but Brown made both saves. The Rebels had their best opportunity in the 88th minute by Grechen Harknett but Brown made the save to secure the Cardinal win.
Louisville finished the game with a 9-5 shot advantage while Ole Miss finished with a 6-5 corner kick advantage. Cardinal keeper Brown finished with three saves while McCormick finished with three saves.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 5 against instate rival Kentucky at 6:00 p.m. in Lynn Stadium.
Single Game, Season Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for Louisville's highly anticipated debut season at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and in the Atlantic Coast Conference are available for purchase through the UofL Ticket Office. Tickets for each of the Cardinals' first two matches on Friday, Aug. 29 against Ole Miss (6 p.m., ET) and on Friday, Sept. 5 against Kentucky (6 p.m.) can be purchased online here through My Cardinal Account. Ticket prices are $12 for reserved chairback seats (preferred seating) and $9 for general admission berm and bleacher seats. On both Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, the men's games will be preceded by women's games and tickets will provide admission to both matches each day.
Single game tickets for each of the Cardinals' 10 regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium this fall are currently on sale and can be purchased in person through the UofL Ticket Office at Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. More information on Louisville women's soccer single game tickets is available online here or by calling (502) GO-CARDS.
Season tickets, which will provide admission to both women's and men's regular season matches, remain on sale through the UofL Ticket Office for $70 each. Visit GoCards.com to learn more about 2014 Louisville soccer season tickets. Group tickets for all Louisville matches can be requested by completing the group ticket application online here or by calling (502) 852-0120. Groups consist of 10 or more and tickets start at $4.
Fans can follow Louisville women's soccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ulwomenssoccer and on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ulwomenssoccer.