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Villanova Heads to Louisville, Cincinnati for Crucial BIG EAST Matches
Taylor Houck

Oct. 4, 2012

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (5-6-2; 3-2-0) heads on the road this weekend for a critical series of BIG EAST matches versus Louisville (7-3-2; 2-2-2) and Cincinnati (4-8-1; 1-5-0) this Friday and Sunday. Game time against the Cardinals is slated for 7 p.m. while the Wildcats will meet the Bearcats at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7th.

Live scoring and video for both matches will be available through the women's soccer schedule pages at and

The Last Meeting
October 7, 2011
Villanova, Pa.
Wildcats Fall in Heartbreaker to Louisville, 3-2, in Double Overtime
Redshirt freshman midfielder Stephanie Myers (Downingtown, Pa.) scored one goal in each period of regulation but a deflected ball early in the second overtime period dealt Villanova (6-7-2, 2-5 BIG EAST) an extremely tough 3-2 loss in double overtime at the hands of Louisville (6-5-3, 4-1-2 BIG EAST) at the West Campus Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.

The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
Villanova, Pa.
Sabatura Scores Early Game-Winner as Wildcats Beat Cincinnati, 1-0
Sophomore goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) made a number of big saves in both halves and posted her first shutout of the season as Villanova (7-7-2, 3-5 BIG EAST) made an early goal stand up for a 1-0 win over Cincinnati (5-7-4, 1-5-2 BIG EAST) at the West Campus Soccer Complex on a warm Sunday afternoon. Junior forward Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) scored just 4:32 into the contest for what proved to be the only goal of the game.

Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter this weekend with a 3-2 BIG EAST record after posting a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh last Friday. Sophomore Victoria Gersh led the impressive 2-1 comeback performance over the Panthers by netting the game-tying and game-winning goals to put the Wildcats at 3-2 in BIG EAST competition. After finding themselves down just nine minutes into the match, the Wildcats exploded for the come from behind victory despite being outshot 15-7 for the contest.

Senior Heidi Sabatura leads the team with 11 points via two goals and seven assists and is just two helpers shy of becoming Villanova's all-time assists leader while her 73 career points rank her eighth all-time. Gersh is just one point behind Sabatura for the season and has four goals and two assists in 2012. Goalkeepers Jami Kranich and Kelsey Quinn have split time in net and have combined for a .785 save percentage and 62 saves on the year.

`Nova vs. Louisville: Friday will mark the eighth meeting between the Cardinals and Wildcats with Villanova holding the advantage in the all-time series at 4-3. The Wildcats last met Louisville on October 7th, 2011 and fell to the Cardinals 3-2 in double overtime.

A Look at Louisville: The Cardinals bring a 7-3-2 overall record into Friday's matchup and a 2-2-2 mark in the BIG EAST. Louisville has captured wins over Ohio State (1-0), Wright State (3-1), Butler (2-0), Purdue (4-3, 2OT), SEMO (4-0), UNC Greensboro (3-0), Toledo (3-1), DePaul (2-0) and St. John's (6-0). The only losses on the year have come by Kentucky (2-0), Notre Dame (2-1) and Marquette (2-0). A fellow National Division member, Louisville currently sits in fifth place in the conference division standings with nine points.

Angelika Uremovich leads the team with 20 points via nine goals and two assists while Charlyn Corral has 12 points on the year via three goals and six assists. Chloe Kiefer has been the primary netminder and posts a .750 save percentage for the season.

`Nova vs. Cincinnati: Sunday will mark the eighth overall meeting between Villanova and Cincinnati with the Wildcats taking the upper hand in the all-time series at 5-1-1.

A Look at Cincinnati: The Bearcats bring a 4-8-1 overall record into Sunday's contest and a 1-5 record in the BIG EAST. Cincinnati has captured wins over NC State (3-1), Northeastern (2-1, 2OT), Eastern Kentucky (2-0) and St. John's (1-0, 2OT). The Bearcats scored a draw against Elon (1-1) and have fallen to Nebraska (2-1), UC Irvine (2-1), Colorado (2-1), DePaul (1-0), Notre Dame (7-0), Syracuse (1-0), USF (4-1) and Marquette (5-0). A fellow National Division member, Cincinnati currently sits in eighth place in the conference division standings with three points.

Laura Rose leads the team with 11 points via five goals and one assist. Kristina Utley has been the starter in net throughout the season and owns a .755 save percentage while making 83 stops on the year.