LEXINGTON, Ky. - Four different players scored goals as the 14th-ranked Louisville women’s soccer team remained unbeaten with a 4-0 victory over Southeast Missouri on Friday evening at the UK Tropical Smoothie Invitational.
Sophomore Erin Yenney (Troy, Ohio/Troy HS), freshman Andrea Distler (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart HS), junior Nicole Mitchell (Guelph, Ont./Bishop Macdonell HS) and freshman Lauren Nash (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury HS) all had goals for the Cardinals (3-0-0), while senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Divine Saviour HS) had three saves to record her second shutout of the season and the 12th of her career.
“We definitely started off very slow and sluggish, but our reserve players gave us the spark we needed,” said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “It was nice to get a lot of players in the game and start getting them some game experience.”
Louisville opened the scoring against SEMO (1-3-1) in the 18th minute on Friday when Yenney connected on an unassisted goal, her first of the season, for the 1-0 advantage. Yenney found the back of the net after firing into the upper left corner of SEMO goalkeeper Renee Kertz.
After taking the one-goal lead into the halftime break, the Cardinals pushed their advantage to 2-0 in the 55th minute when Distler scored her first career goal into the upper left corner from beyond the 18.
The Cardinals added to the lead in the 69th minute when Mitchell tucked a shot inside the far post after taking a pass from junior Katie Walz (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart HS). The goal for Mitchell was the first of her career, while the assist for Walz was her first.
Louisville closed the scoring in the 72nd minute when Nash connected inside the far post from 17 yards away for her first career goal. Junior Megan Berberich (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) was credited with her first career assist on the goal.
The Cardinals finished with a 19-5 advantage in shots, including a 12-3 on-goal. Louisville had a slim 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Friday’s match was the first ever women’s soccer meeting between Louisville and Southeast Missouri.
With Friday’s performance, the Cardinals have scored four or more goals in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2006 when they had home wins of 5-0 and 4-1 against Xavier and Cincinnati respectively. Overall, Louisville has scored 10 goals in its first three matches this season.
Up next, the Cardinals will conclude the UK Tropical Smoothie Invitational on Sunday at noon ET against UNC-Greensboro.