The Louisville women’s soccer team played Virginia Tech to a 1-1 draw on Friday afternoon at the Wake Forest Invitational. With the draw Louisville moves to 1-1-1 on the season while Tech is now 2-0-1 this season.
“I thought we played very well against an excellent team tonight,” said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “I am very pleased with the adjustments we made from last weekend to this weekend. We were a much better soccer team tonight and we will use this to build upon.”
Virginia Tech struck early when freshman Murielle Tiernan collected a pass from junior Ellie Zoepfl and fired a shot from the top of the box that beat the keeper and found the back of the net, putting the Hokies up 1-0 in just the fifth minute. The Hokie’s lead was short-lived as the Cardinals struck back in the 13th minute. Senior Christine Exeter collected a pass from Devyn Ciotti in the corner and sent a cross into the area that Casey Whitfield was able to volley home from close-range to score the equalizer.
Both teams traded shots for the remainder of the first half as neither side could finish on the offensive side of the ball.
In the second period, both teams were able to establish a more offensive flow. Both teams were able to string multiple chances together within minutes of each other. Neither team was able to find the back of the net, sending the game into overtime.
The Hokies’ Tiernan fired a shot in the 92nd minute that hit the crossbar. The Cardinals’ Ciotti had a shot in the 96th minute that was saved and seconds later Charlyn Corral had a shot blocked by a Tech defender. In the second overtime period Virginia Tech had a shot blocked in the 102nd minute and then fired a wide shot in the 103rd minute. Neither team was able to convert a shot, ending the match in a draw.
It was an evenly played match, as Virginia Tech finished with 16 shots (six on goal) to Louisville’s 15 (five on goal). Virginia Tech held an 11-7 edge in corner kicks.
Virginia Tech keeper Dayle Colpitts finished with five saves while freshman keeper Paige Brown tallied three saves for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Sunday, when they face No. 10 Wake Forest at 2:00 p.m. The match will be streamed on Wake Forest All Access.