--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Seth Spalding
The Louisville women's soccer team concluded their season with a loss to Virginia Tech, 1-0. Louisville drops to 12-5-0 overall and 5-3-0 in the ACC.
Virginia Tech's lone goal came late in the first half. The Hokies were awarded a corner kick in the 36th minute. Emily Gray's kick went into the box and Jordan Hemmen found the ball on the ground by her foot. Hemmen took no time to knock the ball into the net.
Louisville came out in the second half more aggressive. Emina Ekic's free kick from just beyond the box sailed to the right of the near post by just a little bit. Taylor Kerwin took a shot at the top middle of the goal. The Hokies' goalkeeper halted the shot but her backpedaling almost helped the ball cross the goal line.
The Cards thought they had a chance for the equalizer in what appeared to be a handball on Virginia Tech in the box. The officials missed the handball, resulting in an uproar from the crowd and angry words from the Louisville coaching staff.
Virginia Tech controlled the tempo of the game and forced Louisville int turnovers. The Hokies relied on their speed to swarm Louisville on offense and played a tight sideline to halt the Cards' normal gameplan.
The Cards managed eight shots on the match with three on goal, all saved with ease by the Virginia Tech goalkeeper. Virginia Tech took three shots with one on goal. Gabby Kouzelos ended the night with no saves despite a heavy presence on defense.
Louisville finishes tied for fourth in the ACC and qualifies for the ACC Tournament for the first time in program history. Their opponent is not yet known, but they will play on the road on Sunday, Oct. 28.
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