Oct. 18, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Louisville women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the visiting Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
With the loss, Louisville was eliminated from BIG EAST Conference Tournament contention with a 1-8-0 record in league games and a 4-11-0 mark overall, while Marquette improved to 11-4-2 overall and 5-2-2 in BIG EAST play.
"I thought we played well for the first 25 minutes, but after the TV timeout, Marquette took a little bit of the momentum and they were certainly the better team in the second half," said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I think the biggest problem we've had all year is not being able to correct our mistakes from the beginning of the season to the end of the season. Rather than minimizing the mistakes we're making, we continue to make the same amount and teams are capitalizing on them. Then, on the chances we're getting, we're not capitalizing, so it's a very difficult combination and it leads to where we're at right now at this point in the season.
"I've remained confident for the entire fall because I do believe we have the right kids to move forward. I truly like the talent we have here, but we just have to do a couple of things differently. We have to be sharper with more focus and we have to be stronger mentally and physically in the off-season we do have a very bright future ahead of us."
Marquette opened the scoring in Sunday's game in the 30th minute as senior Brittany Bares controlled a deflected through-ball in front of the Cards' goal and sent it into the back of the net for the first of her two goals on the day and a 1-0 advantage for the Golden Eagles.
Less than one minute later, Bares scored her second goal of the day and her third of the season as she connected from 25 yards away and into the top left corner of the goal in the 31st minute and a 2-0 Marquette lead. The score remained that way into the halftime break with the Golden Eagles holding a 5-2 advantage on shots, including a 2-1 edge on shots on-goal, and a 3-2 lead on corner kicks.
The two teams then played a scoreless second half as Marquette finished the game with a 15-6 advantage on shots, including a 5-3 margin on shots on-goal, and an 8-2 edge on corner kicks for the game. In goal, Louisville freshman Taylor Vancil finished with three saves, while Natalie Kulla had three saves for the Golden Eagles.
Up next, Louisville will host BIG EAST Conference foe Seton Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. ET at Cardinal Park and the Cards will close the season on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET against Rutgers at Cardinal Park.