Women's Soccer Drops Match to Louisville
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CHICAGO – Looking for their first BIG EAST victory, the DePaul women’s soccer team fell, 2-1, on Friday against visiting Louisville. The Cardinals opened up a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first half before Lea Hill brought the home team to within a goal late in the match.
The first half was even as the two teams took seven shots apiece. The best chance for both team occurred with 11 minutes left when Louisville’s Jamie Craft broke free from the DePaul defense. However, DePaul keeper Cara LaRocca was there to stuff the shot and keep the Cardinals scoreless.
Craft did find the net early in the second half as she got out front once again and put it past keeper Sarah West at 49:27. For Craft, it was her fourth goal of the season. Shannon Smyth and Monique Gjini set up the score and found Craft behind the Blue Demon defense.
Louisville (7-2-0, 2-0-0 BIG EAST) struck again just under 20 minutes later when Lauren Podvin drilled a shot to the upper right corner from the top of the penalty box at 67:14. Podvin’s second goal of the year, assisted by Craft, gave the visitors a commanding 2-0 advantage.
With the insurance goal, the Cardinals turned up the defensive pressure to shut down any opportunity the Blue Demons generated. Hill put the Blue Demons on the board in the 85th minute when she took a pass from Molly Borchardt and flipped it over Louisville keeper Deana Waintraub. Hill, who led the team last season with 10 goals, found the net for the first time in 2005.
DePaul (2-5-1, 0-2-0 BIG EAST) equaled Louisville with 12 shots and tallied five corner kicks to zero for the visitors. The win for the Cardinals ended a three-match winning streak for the Blue Demons in the series. DePaul has won six of the 10 all-time meetings.
DePaul travels to Cincinnati for a Sunday afternoon match. Kickoff at Gettler Stadium is set for 1 p.m. The game with the Bearcats is the first of five straight on the road for the Blue Demons who return to Wish Field on Oct. 14 against Providence for a regular-season ending four-game homestand.