Oct. 11, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The Louisville women's soccer team closed out its five-game road stretch with a 2-0 loss to the Villanova Wildcats on Sunday at the Villanova Soccer Complex.
With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 1-6-0 in BIG EAST Conference games and 4-9-0 overall, while Villanova improved to 3-3-1 in league play and 10-3-2 overall.
The host Wildcats opened the scoring in the 23rd minute of action as Megan Verdeur scored on a header for her second goal of the season and a 1-0 advantage. The goal was setup by a pass along the endline by Katie Ryan, who earned her sixth assist of the season on the sequence.
After holding that one-goal lead through the halftime break, Villanova added a final goal in the 65th minute as Ryan took a through-ball up the middle of the field from Verdeur and connected for her 10th goal of the year and the final 2-0 margin.
Moments before Villanova's second goal, Louisville had its best scoring chance of the day when freshman Courtney Holtz got in front of the Villanova defense and appeared to have a 1-v-1 chance against Wildcats' goalkeeper Molly Williams. However, Williams made the save on the shot from Holtz to stop the Cards' attack opportunity setting the stage for Villanova's insurance goal by Ryan.
Overall, Williams finished with five saves for Villanova, while freshman Taylor Vancil had three stops in goal for the Cardinals. The Wildcats finished with an 11-7 advantage on shots, while shots on goal were even at 5-5. Villanova also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
Up next, the Cardinals return home to host USF on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET at Cardinal Park.