Oct. 22, 2010
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -
The Louisville women's soccer team clinched a berth in next week's BIG EAST Championship with a 1-0 win at Seton Hall on Friday night.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 10-7-0 overall and 4-6-0 in BIG EAST Conference games, while Seton Hall dropped 6-10-1 on the season and 2-7-1 in league action. Louisville could finish as high as third and no lower than fifth in the National Division of the BIG EAST Conference.
The Cardinals will close their regular season schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. The 2010 BIG EAST Championship is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 28 with first round games at campus sites, while the quarterfinals are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 31 at campus site.
In Friday's game, the Cardinals scored the only goal of the night in the 33rd minute when junior Jennifer Jones (Louisville, Ky./Assumption HS) connected on a penalty kick for her third goal of the season and the 1-0 advantage. All three of Jones' goals this season have come on penalty kicks, including the game-winner at No. 13 South Carolina on Aug. 27 and in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over Cincinnati on Sept. 16.
From there, the Louisville defense made the lead standup as sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North HS) finished with a career high 12 saves for her fifth shutout of the season. The 12 saves are the most for a Louisville goalkeeper since Meredith Miller's 13 stops against Marquette on Oct. 20, 2002.
Overall, Seton Hall finished with a 16-13 advantage in shots, including a 12-5 edge in shots-on-goal. Louisville finished with a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks, while Seton Hall was whistled for eight fouls to the Cardinals' seven.
Louisville also improved to 7-0-0 all-time against Seton Hall with Friday's win.