--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville women's soccer's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2013 ended with a 2-1 loss at 2-seed Tennessee. The Volunteers relied on a pair of second half goals to get the win.
The Cards scored midway into the first half when Brooklynn Rivers powered her way down the pitch and found Emina Ekic in the middle of the box. Ekic's shot easily found its way into the back of the net.
SEC Player of the Year Bunny Shaw found the equalizer in the 75th minute after a deep pass into the box. Shaw scored what ended up being the game-winner 11 minutes later on a shot from just outside the right side of the box near the baseline. The ball curved its way into the upper left corner of the box.
Tennessee controlled the game for the most part and maintained possession for a majority of the night. Louisville was out-shot 16-6 and has three on goal compared to the Vol's nine. The corner kicks were lopsided with Tennessee earning 11 and Louisville ending with zero. Louisville was called for 14 fouls compared to Tennessee's three.
Gabby Kouzelos had a stellar night at the goal recording seven saves. She made an impact anytime Tennessee got into the box and caused frustration as Tennessee's attack was held silent for most of the match.
Louisville finishes the year 12-7 with a conference record of 6-4. Louisville is losing three players as of right now including seniors Gabrielle Vincent and Kennadi Carbin and sophomore Mollie Rouse, who is transferring. The team is still set to build off of the season next year with several key players returning.
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