Pair of First Half Goals Lifts No. 14 Louisville Over No. 20 Villanova
Oct. 14, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A pair of first half goals by No. 14 Louisville proved to be the deciding factor in today's BIG EAST matchup, as No. 20 Villanova suffered its second conference loss for the 2007 season by a score of 2-0. The Wildcats fall to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Cardinals climb to an overall record of 11-5 and 4-1 in conference play.
Louisville leading-scorer Allison Maffitt got the Cardinals on the board in just the eighth minute of play when the Villanova defensive corner team failed to clear the ball after a penalty corner. Wildcat goalkeeper Maura McCormick made the initial save on the straight shot, but the ball fell onto the stick of Maffitt, who collected the rebound and slid the ball into the left side of the cage for a 1-0 lead.
With Villanova on their heels, Louisville continued to apply pressure to a usually stubborn Wildcat defense. The Cardinals managed to force five penalty corners for the half and capitalized on an opportunity at the 24:44 minute mark. After the initial insert, Louisville's Casey Meizinger sent a short pass left to teammate Nicole Youman, who fired a shot from the edge of the circle to extend the Cardinals' lead to 2-0.
Despite a two-goal deficit, the Wildcats came out strong in the second half, firing off eight shots and forcing four penalty corners. However, every Villanova scoring opportunity was spoiled by a timely defensive save by the Cardinal defense. With time winding down, the Wildcats made every last effort to generate their attack, but came up empty handed after 70 minutes of competition.
Villanova remains at home next weekend as they host BIG EAST opponent Providence on Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.