--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding
The Louisville Cardinals played their first major rivalry game of 2018, defeating Kentucky. The women’s soccer team defeated the Wildcats, 1-0. The game needed to be finished in extra time.
A rain delay preceded the game. Louisville-Kentucky was originally supposed to kick off at 5:30pm, but a pesky storm system that did not produce much rain belted enough lightning to postpone kickoff until 8:15 pm.
The game led to a cancellation of the men’s game against Saint Louis.
Both teams played a hard-fought first half. They were tied in shots, though none went through the back of the net. Louisville’s three shots were all on goal. The Wildcats only forced Gabrielle Kouzelos to save one shot. The Cardinals also fouled one more than Kentucky, 4-3.
It should also be noted that Kentucky only used one sub in the half. Louisville used four.
Louisville played a lot more aggressive in the second half. They had only allowed one shot through the first 35 minutes. They also made seven more over the same span. Despite this, the Cardinals had nothing to show for it. Kentucky’s back line held up well. Their goalkeeper, Hannah Leonard, made a few great saves.
Louisville finished with a 12-5 shot advantage after regulation.
Brooklynn Rivers came on in overtime, and booted a very close ball behind Leonard to end the game 1:35 into overtime. Following her Hat Trick, she scored her fourth. She has Louisville's last four goals.
Louisville moves to 3-0-0 overall. They head on the road to Purdue on Wednesday, September 6th. The game will be at 7pm. Louisville women’s soccer returns to Lynn Stadium Sunday, September 9th, at 7:30pm; facing the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
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