Sept. 27, 2012
2012 Louisville Women's Soccer Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville women's soccer team returns to the road this weekend for the challenging task of BIG EAST Conference matchups at No. 19 Marquette and USF.
Louisville will open the weekend on Friday at 8 p.m., ET in Milwaukee, Wis., against the Golden Eagles. After traveling from the upper Midwest to Tampa, Fla., the Cardinals will take on the Bulls on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET. Live scoring for both matches will be available through the women's soccer schedule page at UofLsports.com.
Friday's match will be the 22nd all-time between Louisville and Marquette with the Golden Eagles holding a 14-6-1 advantage in the series. In the last meeting between the two programs, Marquette earned a 1-0 win over U of L in Louisville in 2011. Sunday's match will be the 16th meeting ever between Louisville and USF with the Bulls holding an 8-7-0 edge. In their last matchup in 2011, the Cardinals won a 2-1 overtime decision over USF in Louisville.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
No. 19 Marquette enters Friday's match at 7-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in BIG EAST play after sweeping a pair of road games at Seton Hall (4-0) and Rutgers (2-0) last week. USF enters the weekend at 5-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 in league action after splitting its games last weekend at Rutgers (L 1-0) and Seton Hall (W 1-0).
LAST TIME OUT FOR LOUISVILLE
Charlyn Corral scored a pair of goals while Erin Yenney added a goal and an assist to lead Louisville to a 6-0 victory over St. John's on Sunday. "It's exactly the response we needed after the performance we had on Friday night, so I'm happy," said Cardinals' head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "We focused on having more energy and more enthusiasm. We focused on the demands of each of our players' positional roles and at the end of the day, I think that's why we got the outcome we did."
CARDINALS STAND FOURTH IN BIG EAST NATIONAL DIVISION
After earning a tie and a win in a pair of BIG EAST home games last weekend, the Cardinals enter week three of the conference race in fourth place in the National Division standings. Through four of 11 BIG EAST games, Louisville is averaging 1.75 points per game. Notre Dame and Georgetown lead the division at 3.0 points per game, while DePaul is third at 2.0 points per game. The top four teams from each division as well as the next two at-large teams based on points-per-game average will qualify to the 2012 BIG EAST Championship.
LOUISVILLE IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
After week six of the regular season, Louisville remains among the top 40 nationally in multiple categories in the NCAA statistical rankings. As a team, the Cardinals are ranked 17th nationally in scoring offense at 2.60 goals per game and 33rd in the nation in shutout percentage at 0.50. Individually, Charlyn Corral is ranked 11th in the nation in assists per game at 0.60 and 12th in total assists at six. Angelika Uremovich is ranked 20th in total goals with eight, 23rd in total points with 18, 24th in goals per game at 0.80 and 26th in points per game at 1.80. Erin Yenney is ranked 24th nationally in game-winning goals with three.
CARDINALS DEBUT AT NO. 43 IN FIRST NCAA RPI RELEASE
The first set of 2012 NCAA women's soccer RPI rankings were released earlier this week and the Cardinals debuted at No. 43 overall. Louisville is one of five BIG EAST Conference teams in the top 43 spots and among eight league squads in the top 76 positions. Leading the way is Notre Dame at No. 21 followed by Georgetown (No. 22), Rutgers (No. 27), Marquette (No. 40), Louisville (No. 43), DePaul (No. 73), USF (No. 74) and Connecticut (No. 76).
Following this weekend's road matches, the Cardinals return home for BIG EAST games against Villanova (Oct. 5, 7 p.m., ET) and Georgetown (Oct. 7, 1 p.m.).