Oct. 25, 2006
Hello Cardinal Soccer Fans!
The regular season concluded this past weekend with the Cards finishing 12-4-1, ranked #25 in the nation in both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz polls. The twelve wins ties the school record for wins. UofL is one of only a handful of teams to go the entire season either nationally ranked or receiving votes.
Last weekend we traveled to New Jersey to take on Seton Hall and Rutgers (#19). Friday afternoon the Cards earned a hard fought 1-0 victory at Seton Hall. The shots were 20-4 in favor of Louisville, but the Seton Hall goalkeeper was able to turn away several great chances. Jamie Craft got the game winner, assisted by Amy Seng.
Saturday we took the team into New York City for the afternoon. It was a great experience, as most of them had never been. After seeing Times Square, Central Park, 5th Avenue, and other hot spots, we boarded the bus and headed back to the hotel to prepare for Rutgers.
The game kicked off a noon and went back and forth as both teams felt each other out. With four minutes remaining in the 1st half, Rutgers went up 1-0 on a defensive miscue in the box. The Cards came out strong in the 2nd half and created several great chances. The best chance of the game for either team came with 1 minute remaining in the match. Jamie Craft fed Jen Avila who got in the box on the right side and ran at the goal. From eight yards out she struck the ball well, but the Scarlet Knights keeper was able to make the save. With ten seconds to go and the clock stopped for a foul, the Cards had one final chance. Pushing everyone into the box, including goalkeeper, Joanna Haig, Amy Seng floated the free kick into the 6 yard box but Louisville was unable to redirect it on goal. Time expired with the result 0-1.
Next up, Pittsburgh in the first round of the conference tournament. The Cards host the Panthers Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live online free of charge at www.uoflsports.com Click on the All-Access logo to hear the play by play and see the game live!