LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A second half goal from junior Charlyn Corral was enough offense to lead the Louisville women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Villanova on Friday night at Cardinal Park.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 3-2-2 in BIG EAST Conference games and 8-3-2 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 3-3-0 in league action and 5-7-3 on the season. Louisville has won three straight overall in the series with Villanova.
“I thought we played exceptionally well, specifically in the first half,” said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “I thought our possession was great, but we just couldn’t get a goal despite how well we played. In the second half, our possession may have dropped off a little bit, but we were able to get the lead on a spectacular goal by Charlyn. Villanova is a good team and this is a great win for us. We will refocus and get ready for a very good Georgetown team on Sunday.”
The two teams played a scoreless first half and continued the even affair for more than 28 minutes of the second half before Corral (Mexico City, Mexico/Tecnologico de Monterrey) connected for the only goal of the match on a terrific individual effort. After working free from a defender, Corral sent the ball over the head of Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich and into the goal from 22 yards away for the 1-0 advantage in the 74th minute of action. The goal for Corral was her fourth of the season.
That was the only goal needed for the Cardinals as senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Divine Saviour HS) turned away four Villanova shots to clinch her 16th career shutout and the sixth of the season. The 16th career shutout moves Kiefer, who has started 37 straight games in goal for Louisville, into a tie for second place on the Cardinals’ career shutout list with Meredith Miller (2001-04).
Overall, Louisville finished with a 19-6 advantage in shots, including an 8-4 edge in shots on-goal. The Cardinals also had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Up next, Louisville hosts No. 11 Georgetown on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park in a nationally televised BIG EAST Conference matchup on CBS Sports Network.