Oct. 20, 2012
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - Villanova field hockey (6-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) fell at Louisville (10-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a conference matchup. The two teams were previously tied for the fifth place spot in the BIG EAST rankings. Freshman forward Kayla Kenney had the single score in the afternoon contest for the Wildcats.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first period. The Cardinals outshot the Wildcats 2-6 and had a 1-4 advantage in corner play opportunities. Junior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) notched four saves in the cage in the first half.
The Cardinals came out strong in the second period as Erin Schneidtmiller scored the first goal of the game in the first two minutes off a corner play with a shot from the top of the circle into the right post behind Diekmann.
Just ten minutes later, Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) would seize possession of the ball and dribble through Louisville's defense, blasting a shot to the left post behind Cardinal goalie Erin Conrad. Kenney's score was her fourth of the season and she now has notched 13 points in her first year as a Wildcat. Kenney's goal would tie up the match at 1-1.
Louisville answered back as Amber Thomas shot the ball from the top of the circle, giving the Cardinals the 2-1 edge. Alyssa Voelmle found an opening off a penalty corner in the 57th minute and put the `Cats just out of reach as Louisville would extend the lead 3-1.
Villanova's defense held back the Cardinals on six of their eight second-half corner play chances. Alex Diekmann would end the game with nine saves, giving her 102 for the season.
Offensively, the Wildcats fell short in shots 2-12 to the Cardinals and had no corner play opportunities in the second half. Louisville goaltender Erin Conrad would end the game with two saves.
Villanova will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a Sunday afternoon non-conference game against the Hoosiers at noon.