Memphis scored the golden goal in the 106th minute to defeat Louisville 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Cardinal Park on Sunday evening. The Cardinals fall to 12-5-1 on the year while Memphis improves to 13-7-0.
“Certainly I am disappointed with the result but that takes nothing away from Memphis they were a great team tonight and we wish them the best of luck,” said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “I thought we created a lot of chances and had a lot of momentum. We had a ridiculous amount of corners and a ridiculous amount of shots but just weren’t sharp enough in the final third with those chances. That is the difference against a good team, you have the chances you have to connect on them and unfortunately we didn’t tonight. We will take a couple days off here regroup and get prepared for the NCAA Tournament.”
Louisville dominated possession in the first 10 minutes of the match, earning two corner kicks. The Cardinals were unable to get any good looks on goal. Memphis earned two corner kicks, but also failed to get a goal. Kelley Gravlin had a blast from 25 yards away, but Cardinal keeper Taylor Smith tipped it over the cross bar.
The Cardinals earned back-to-back corners in the 20th minute and capitalized on the second. Charlyn Corral served it from the left corner flag and found Devyn Ciotti in the box. Ciotti headed the ball past the Memphis keeper, finding the back of the net for the Cardinals 1-0 lead.
Memphis responded two minutes later as Kaitlyn Atkins served a cross from the right wing into the box and Sanderson headed the ball into the net, to tie the match at 1-1. Louisville finished the first half with a slight 8-5 shot advantage.
The Cardinals dominated possession in the second half, holding a 16-2 shot advantage. Louisville had six shots on goal in the second period but could not finish, forcing the overtime period. In the first overtime period, Louisville finished with a 1-0 shot advantage and neither team managed a shot on goal.
In the 106th minute, Atkins served a cross from the right wing to the far post and Sanderson redirected it to the upper right side of the net for the game-winning goal. Louisville finished with a 26-9 shot advantage. The Cardinals finished the night with 19 corner kicks to Memphis’ five. Smith finished with five saves while Bard-Martel finished with eight saves.
The Cardinals will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m.