2012 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship Central
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After closing the regular season with back-to-back wins, Louisville will open the 2012 BIG EAST Championship on the road at USF in a quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon in Tampa.
The Cardinals enter the 1 p.m., ET match as the No. 3 seed from the National Division, while USF is the No. 2 seed from the American Division. The winner will advance to the BIG EAST semifinals on Nov. 2 in Storrs, Conn. Live scoring for Sunday's quarterfinal match will be available through the women's soccer schedule page at UofLsports.com.
Sunday's match will be the 17th meeting all-time and the second this season between Louisville and USF with the Bulls holding an 8-7-1 edge. On Sept. 30 of this year, the Cardinals and Bulls played to a 1-1 draw at Corbett Stadium in Tampa. In the first matchup, USF gained an early 1-0 lead on a Sharla Passariello goal in the ninth minute and held that until the 84th minute when Louisville's Angelika Uremovich connected on a penalty kick to even the score.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
USF enters Sunday's match at 10-5-2 overall and 6-2-2 in BIG EAST play after suffering a 4-0 loss at No. 15 Marquette in its regular season finale last weekend. Despite the loss, the Bulls finished as the No. 2 seed from the American Division. USF had won four straight games overall prior to the loss to Marquette and the Bulls were 4-1-2 at Corbett Stadium this season.
LAST TIME OUT FOR LOUISVILLE
Casey Whitfield's goal in the 106th minute capped a furious Louisville comeback and lifted the Cardinals' to a 2-1 double-overtime win against Cincinnati in the regular season finale. With the game on the brink of ending in a 1-1 draw, Whitfield gathered a shot off the crossbar by junior Charlyn Corral and scored the game-winning goal with the less than five minutes left.
CARDINALS CLINCH FIRST ROUND BYE IN 2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cardinals earned the No. 3 seed from the National Division and a first round bye in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Championship after closing the regular season with their 2-1 win over Cincinnati. In eight seasons in the BIG EAST, Louisville has advanced to the tournament seven times, earning first round byes in back-to-back seasons. Last year, the Cardinals were the No. 1 seed from the National and advanced to their first ever BIG EAST Championship title game losing to host West Virginia. Overall, Louisville has a 5-5-1 record in the BIG EAST Championship, including a 2-2-1 mark in quarterfinal matches.
LOUISVILLE IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Following the completion of the regular season, U of L remains among the top 50 nationally in multiple categories in the NCAA statistical rankings. As a team, the Cards are ranked 46th nationally in scoring offense at 2.00 goals per game. Individually, junior Charlyn Corral is ranked 49th in total assists with seven, while senior Chloe Kiefer is ranked 43rd nationally in goalie minutes played with 1611:35.
CARDINALS AT NO. 43 IN FIFTH NCAA RPI RELEASE
The fifth set of 2012 NCAA women's soccer RPI rankings were released on Monday evening and the Cardinals were positioned at No. 42 overall, dropping one spot from last week's ranking. Louisville is one of five BIG EAST Conference teams in the top 43 spots and among nine league squads in the top 91 positions in the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Leading the way is Notre Dame at No. 22 followed by American Division champion Marquette (No. 27), National Division champion Georgetown (No. 31), Rutgers (No. 38), Louisville (No. 43), USF (No. 56), Connecticut (No. 78), Villanova (No. 88) and Syracuse (No. 91).
CORRAL NAMED BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON OCT. 22
Junior forward Charlyn Corral was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22 following her performance in the Cardinals' win over Cincinnati the previous weekend. Corral factored into both scores in Louisville's 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Bearcats on Oct. 19. Corral scored the game-tying goal in the 70th minute and assisted on the game-winner. The win clinched the No. 3 seed from the National Division in the BIG EAST Championship and a bye for the Cardinals. Corral has scored five goals in the last five games and has eight goals overall this season. She leads Louisville with seven assists.
UREMOVICH CROWNED 2012 LOUISVILLE HOMECOMING QUEEN
Junior midfielder Angelika Uremovich was selected as the 2012 University of Louisville Homecoming Queen during the halftime ceremony at the Cardinals' Oct. 20 football game against USF at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Uremovich leads the Cardinals and ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference with nine goals this season. A three-year starter for Louisville, Uremovich has 18 career goals as a Cardinal. In the classroom, the sport administration major was named to the Dean's List in two of her first three seasons at U of L.
The selection of Uremovich by U of L students marks the third straight year a Louisville student-athlete has been selected as either Homecoming Queen or King. Last year, Peyton Siva of the Cards' men's basketball team was crowned as king, while in 2010, Kyle Kuric of the Louisville men's hoops squad was chosen as king.