INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Led by a strong second half effort, the Louisville women’s soccer team opened the 2012 season with a 2-0 road win over Butler on Friday night.
The Cardinals extended their winning streak to eight straight in season-openers dating back to the 2003 season while also winning their seventh straight overall against Butler.
“It’s always nice to start the season with a win,” said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “I didn’t think we were sharp at all in the first half, but I was very pleased with our second half performance. It’s a great starting point to build upon.”
Following a scoreless first half of action, the Cardinals (1-0) found the scoring column in the 54th minute when sophomore Casey Whitfield (Louisville, Ky./Manual HS) connected for her first career goal for the 1-0 advantage. The breakaway goal was setup by junior Charlyn Corral (Mexico City, Mexico/Technologico de Monterrey), who was credited with her first assist as a Cardinal.
Louisville added to its lead late in the second half when junior Angelika Uremovich (Oakville, Ont./St. Ignatius of Loyola) buried a free kick from 35 yards away for her 10th career goal.
Defensively for Louisville, senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Divine Saviour HS) turned away three Butler (0-1) shots for her 11th career shutout. Overall, the Cardinals finished with an 11-10 advantage in shots, including a 6-3 edge on-goal.
Up next, Louisville will host Purdue on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., ET in the regular season home-opener at Cardinal Park.