Louisville freshman Emily Cardell
Oct. 25, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Emily Cardell scored her first career goal to lead the Louisville women's soccer team to a 1-1 tie against No. 9 ranked Rutgers in the Cardinals' season finale on Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
With the tie on the Senior Day, the Cardinals finished 2009 at 5-11-1 overall and 2-8-1 in BIG EAST Conference games, while Rutgers will enter next week's BIG EAST Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed from the National Division with a 7-1-3 record in league games and a 13-2-4 record overall.
"I like the way we played in our final two home games here at Cardinal Park and I think our team showed how much they care for our seniors by the way they competed this weekend," said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I felt like we did some good things and really created a lot of chances today against a very good Rutgers team.
"For our seniors, Lindsay Boling, Katie Owen, Sara Scharoun and Katie Zoeller, we wish them well in their future endeavors. They'll miss Cardinal soccer and we'll certainly miss them. I wish we could've had a better season for them, but I know they'll forever have those lasting memories with their teammates and their university that will be positive and they can always smile about."
The Cardinals opened the scoring on Sunday as Cardell took a pass from sophomore Jennifer Jones down the left side of the box, got around Rutgers' back Becky Wise and beat Scarlet Knights' goalkeeper Erin Guthrie inside the near post for a 1-0 goal in the 15th minute of play. The first career goal for Cardell came on the first assist of the season for Jones.
However, the Scarlet Knights came back quickly to even the score at 1-1 as redshirt freshman April Price gathered a rebound on a save by senior goalkeeper Katie Zoeller following a shot from Gina DeMaio and sent into the left side of the goal from seven yards away in the 18th minute. The goal for Price was her third of the season, while the assist for DeMaio was her second of the year.
The score remained tied as the two teams played a scoreless second half. The Cards held a 7-1 advantage on shots on goal in the second half, including a 4-1 edge on shots on-goal.
For the game, Louisville finished with a 15-7 advantage on shots, including a 9-4 edge on shots on-goal, while Rutgers had a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks. Both teams were whistled for 11 fouls in the game.
In goal, freshman Taylor Vancil finished with two saves for the Cardinals after entering the game following the halftime break for senior Katie Zoeller, who had one save in the starting role in her final game for the Cards. Guthrie finished with eight saves for the Scarlet Knights.
Prior to Sunday's game, Louisville honored its four seniors with a pre-game ceremony.