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Cunningham's Penalty Kick Goal Lifts Women's Soccer to Overtime Win

 
Louisville sophomore Giselle Mangal

Louisville sophomore Giselle Mangal

Oct. 23, 2009

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Kate Cunningham converted a penalty kick in the 98th minute to lift the Louisville women's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime win against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on Friday night at Cardinal Park.

With the game tied at 2-2, Cunningham was grabbed by Seton Hall goalkeeper Elizabeth Bond as she attempted to control a loose ball in the box to set up the penalty kick for the Cardinals (5-11-0, 2-8-0 BIG EAST). On the PK, Cunningham tucked her shot into the lower left corner for her first goal of the season and the Cards' first lead of the night. With the win, Louisville improved to 5-0 all-time against Seton Hall (5-11-1, 1-8-1).

"It's really nice to get this win because we definitely created enough chances," said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "What really stands out to me and what I'm particularly proud of is when got down a goal, we came back to tie it. When we were down a second time, we came back to tie it again. Then, when the game got to overtime, there was no doubt Kate Cunningham was going to finish it off because of the confidence she showed when the call was made by immediately picking up the ball and running to the spot for the PK.

"We talked with the team before the game because we knew we weren't playing for seeding or to get into the BIG EAST Tournament. I like the statement our team made today because we played for the love of the game and for the pride we have for the University of Louisville."

Seton Hall (5-11-1, 1-8-1) opened the scoring in the 17th minute as sophomore Danielle Schulmann controlled a pass from freshman Stephanie Soma inside the right side of the 18, sent it past Cards' freshman goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and into the lower left corner of the goal for a 1-0 advantage. The goal for Schulmann was her fifth of the season, while the assist for Soma is her first of the season.

The score remained that way until the 35th minute when Louisville sophomore Giselle Mangal took a ball from freshman Chelsea Hunter, dribbled into the right side of the box and sent it into the lower left corner to tie the score at 1-1. The goal for Mangal was her third of the season, while the assist was the first of the career for Hunter.

The even score was short-lived however as in the 39th minute, Schulmann sent a volley into the lower left corner of the goal from 12 yards out for her second goal of the night and her sixth of the season for a 2-1 Pirates' lead. Junior Nicki Gross earned her fifth assist of the season on Schulmann's second goal.

With Seton Hall holding the one-goal advantage at the halftime break, shots were even at 7-7 and shots on-goal were tied at 3-3. The Cardinals held a 3-2 edge on corner kicks during the first 45 minutes.

After more than 14 minutes of scoreless soccer to open the second half, the Cardinals pulled back even at 2-2 in the 60th minute as senior Lindsay Boling's looping volley from 25 yards away glanced off the hand of Bond and into the goal. The goal was the third of the season and the 13th of the career for Boling. The scored remained tied at 2-2 until Cunningham's game-winner in overtime.

The Cardinals finished the game with an 18-11 advantage on shots, including a 12-5 edge on shots on goal, and had a 10-3 advantage on corner kicks. In goal, Vancil finished with three saves for the Cards, while Bond had eight saves for the Pirates.

Up next, Louisville will close the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Cardinal Park against No. 9 ranked Rutgers. The Cardinals will honor seniors Lindsay Boling, Katie Owen, Sara Scharoun and Katie Zoeller with a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.

 

 

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