Sept. 14, 2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Despite the team-leading seventh goal of the season from junior Angelika Uremovich, the Louisville women's soccer team opened BIG EAST Conference action with a 2-1 loss at Notre Dame on Friday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 5-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in BIG EAST action, while the Fighting Irish improved to 4-3-1 overall and 1-0-0 in league games with the win. Prior to Friday, Louisville had won each of its last two BIG EAST openers and had won back-to-back matches against Notre Dame.
"I think the deciding factor in the game was that we did not capitalize on the opportunities we had in the first half and they certainly did," said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I'm disappointed in our reaction to the adversity during the first part of the second half, but the last 10 minutes were a little better. The sense of urgency we showed for the last 10 minutes was the sense of urgency we also needed to start the second half."
Facing a two-goal deficit in the final moments of the match, the Cardinals broke through for their only goal of the day in the 89th minute when Uremovich (Oakville, Ont./St. Ignatius of Loyola) scored on a header from a Charlyn Corral (Mexico City, Mexico/Tecnologico de Monterrey) corner kick. The goal for Uremovich was the 16th of her career, while the assist for Corral was her team-leading fifth of the season.
The Fighting Irish struck for their first goal of the match late in the opening half when Crystal Thomas connected for her third goal of the season in the 43rd minute for the 1-0 lead. After splitting Louisville defenders, Thomas found the upper right corner of the goal from 25 yards away for the unassisted goal.
After holding the one-goal edge into the halftime break, Notre Dame added to its lead early in the second half when Lauren Bohaboy took advantage of a misplayed ball by the Louisville defense in the 49th minute and scored into the far right corner from the left side for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was the second of the season for Bohaboy.
Overall, Notre Dame finished with a 14-13 advantage in shots, while shots on-goal were even at 5-5. The Fighting Irish had a narrow 10-9 advantage in corner kicks. In goal, senior Chloe Kiefer (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Divine Saviour HS) finished with three saves, while Elyse Hight and Sarah Voigt combined for four saves in the win.
Up next, Louisville will close out its first BIG EAST Conference weekend on the road at DePaul on Sunday at 2 p.m., ET.