--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
The University of Louisville Women’s Soccer Team kicked off the 2018-19 athletic year with a record-setting win in the first official game.
Namely, a three-goal attack within two minutes, and five-goal attack in the in the second half propelled the Cards over Wright State, 8-1.
Erin Graefen slipped a free kick between groups of Louisville defenders and into the back of the net at 10:42. The kick was into the top right corner of the net, past Gabrielle Kouzelos.
Emina Ekic found the top of the net just a few minutes later, at the 19:53 mark in the first half. The goal was off a corner. Nadege L’Esperance kicked the ball to Ekic, who slipped the ball over Wright State’s keeper’s hand.
Just a couple minutes later, Kennadi Carbin made a perfect pass to Masie Whitsett, who booted the ball perfectly into the left corner past Maddie Jewell. The goal came at the 27:34 mark of the first half.
Louisville went up 3-1 at the 30:00 mark. Delaney Snyder found the back of the net off an assist by Whitsett.
At the half, Louisville led 3-1. The Cards had a 12-1 shot advantage. They did not make a save. The ball was in the attacking side for most of the half. Seven of Louisville’s shots were shots on goal.
Carbin scored her first goal of 2018 at the 6:23 mark of the second half. Allison Whitfield passed a ball, and Carbin was able to loop it past Jewell in the back of the net.
37 seconds later, L’Esperance scored. She was assisted by Brooklynn Rivers.
52 seconds after that, Ekic scored her second goal of the night. It made the game 6-1.
Whitsett waited a little while before scoring her second of the evening. She scored at the 58:12 mark of the game. The play was assisted by Allison Whitfield.
Taylor Kerwin joined the party with 20:55 left in the game. She found the ball from Snyder.
Louisville Women’s Soccer opens 2018 1-0. They take on Xavier Sunday at 7:30. The game will be at Lynn Stadium. The Louisville men’s soccer team will play their second exhibition of the season Saturday at 5:00 pm. The game is at Lynn.
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