Highlighted by Gabby Vincent's hat trick on Friday night, the Louisville women's soccer team is on a hot streak. In their last three matches the Cardinals have won 4-0.
On Friday evening, Louisville faced University of Alabama at Birmingham in front of a boisterous crowd at Lynn Stadium, before the men's team followed against Butler University. Vincent's first goal game within the first 15 minutes on an assist by freshman Niamh Nelson. Only up 1-0, the Cards came out in the second half ready to build the lead. On freshman Allison Whitfield's corner kick, Vincent played it well and knocked a header into the back of the net. To add to her total, Vincent took a deflection past the Dragons' goalkeeper just a few minutes later. With the crowd on their feet and energized, sophomore Tina Marolt added her first goal of the season off an assist by freshman Sanela Hodzic.
Sunday afternoon crowds are typically a bit less, but Lynn Stadium still saw plenty of fans ready to support the women's soccer team. The star freshman from Canada, Sarah Feola, made quick work of Toledo by scoring just 21 seconds into the game, with an assists by fellow freshman Brooklynn Rivers. Roughly 20 minutes later sophomore Alison Price scored her first of the season, with the assist by Vincent. Just before halftime senior Caroline Kimble found the Toldeo goalkeeper out of position and kicked a blooper just over her head to go up 3-0. Midway through the second half sophomore Jill Vetere found herself with a goal. As Cardinal Couple stated, a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior all scored during the match.
The Cards have allowed only seven shots in their past two matches while taking 54 of their own. The aggressive offense is something fans have not seen in recent years, but seem to fully appreciate and encourage.
The back line of defense has been a brick wall so far in the season. Anything to get by the line senior goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin has been prepared to stop. Her leadership has been a huge factor in the team's early success.
U of L is back in action on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., at Lynn Stadium when they host the neighbors from down the road, the Kentucky Wildcats. The Cards have a chance to make it four straight shutout, blowout victories.