Aug. 23, 2012
2012 Louisville Women's Soccer Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Following its season-opening win at Butler last weekend, the 18th-ranked Louisville women's soccer team hosts Purdue on Friday night in the 2012 home-opener at Cardinal Park.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., ET and live video of the match will be streamed live for subscribers of CardsTV on UofLsports.com. Live scoring of the match will also be available through the Gametracker link on the women's soccer schedule page at UofLsports.com.
The Last Meeting
September 7, 2008
Smyth's Tally Ties up Purdue
goal in the 72nd minute knotted the match at one, and neither team could net the game winner as the 22nd-ranked University of Louisville women's soccer team tied Purdue 1-1 at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals totalled 29 shots, the most since they had 33 against Morehead State
on October 15, 2004, to the Boilermakers' 17.
The Cardinals enter the weekend at 1-0-0 overall following last Friday's 2-0 win at Butler in the season-opener. Sophomore Casey Whitfield and junior Angelika Uremovich scored goals for the Cardinals, while senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer had three saves in clinching her 11th career goal.
The Boilermakers enter the match at 2-0-0 overall following home wins last weekend over Toledo (2-0) and Eastern Illinois (2-1, OT). Purdue is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth time in program history.
Friday's match will be just the third meeting all-time between the two schools. Louisville holds a 1-0-1 advantage in the series, which started in 2007. In the last meeting, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 7, 2008 at Cardinal Park. Prior to that, Louisville earned a 1-0 victory over the Boilermakers on Sept. 2, 2007 in West Lafayette, Ind.
LOUISVILLE MOVES INTO SOCCER AMERICA TOP 20
After debuting at No. 22 in the preseason Soccer America poll, the Louisville Cardinals moved up four spots to No. 18 in this week's poll after last week's season-opening win at Butler. U of L is one of two BIG EAST teams ranked in the Soccer America Top 25 along with No. 9 Marquette. The Cardinals are among those receiving votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25. Marquette (13) and Rutgers (23) are the league's only representatives in that coaches' poll.
CARDINALS IN HOME-OPENERS
Entering Friday's match, Louisville is 11-14-2 in home-openers, including a 5-6-1 record under the direction of head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. The Cardinals have won of their last three and four of the last six home-openers overall. Last season, U of L suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime to No. 19 Illinois in the opener at Cardinal Park.
LOUISVILLE OPENS SEASON WITHOUT EXETER, MELHADO
The Cardinals have opened the season without the contributions of juniors Christine Exeter and Rachel Melhado, who are competing for Canada at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. Exeter is the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a 2011 NSCAA All-America selection, while Melhado started all 24 games on the Cards' backline in 2011 and was a key contributor in the team's nine shutout wins last season.
Canada is 1-1 overall through two of three group play matches following a 2-1 loss to Norway on Thursday. They will close group play on Monday against North Korea. The top two teams in each of four groups will advance to tournament play, which begins Aug. 30.
FRIDAY NIGHT PROMOTIONS
The first 200 fans entering through the gates at Cardinal Park on Friday night will receive free Louisville Soccer t-shirts courtesy of Adidas.
Following Friday's match, the Cardinals will travel to Lexington, Ky., for the UK Tropical Smoothie Invitational. Louisville will open the event on Aug. 31 against Southeast Missouri before concluding the weekend against UNC-Greensboro on Sept. 2.