--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Thanks to a heavy attack by the offense, the Louisville women's soccer team concluded their non-conference schedule with a defining 5-1 victory against Eastern Kentucky University. Maisie Whitsett led the scoring for Louisville (6-1-0) with two second half goals.
Louisville's offense was aggressive early, earning three corners in the first 15 minutes and finished the first half with a 10-1 shot advantage. Brooklynn Rivers recieved a pass into the box by Arianna Ferraro and gave the Cards a quick lead in the 17th minute.
Mollie Rouse scored her first goal of the season after returning from the England U20 Women's National Team in the 23rd minute. Emina Ekic raced out ahead of her defender and passed the ball off to Rouse for an open shot into the goal.
In the 43rd minute, Louisville struck again. Callie McKinney took a shot but was deflected by the EKU goalkeeper. The ball found its way to Delaney Snyder for the easy score right before the half ended.
Goals continued to pour in during the second half. Whitsett received a cross from fellow freshman Anna Henderson in the 47th minute and put it into the back of the net.
EKU got on the board shortly after Whitsett's first goal when Idalys Rea sent a shot in the upper right corner of the goal, slightly out of reach of the outstretched arms of Gabby Kouzelos.
The Cardinals answered with one final goal in the 54th minute of play. McKinney's shot hit the crossbar and bounced straight down. Whitsett beat the keeper to the ball and placed her kick around her for the score, completing the highlight reel play.
Kouzelous recorded two saves on the evening. Louisville out-shot the Colonels 21-4 and held a 10-2 advantage in corners.
The Cards travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 p.m., to open up conference play. They return home to Lynn Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 20, to host Notre Dame. The Irish downed the Cards in double-overtime at Lynn Stadium in 2016.
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