--By Jared Anderson
--File Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville women's soccer team was off to their best start since 2012 after starting the season 5-0-0. A trip to Purdue on Thursday night put the first blemish on the record as the Cards fell 2-1.
Louisville scored in the 15th minute of the first half when Maisie Whitsett received a pass from Nadege L'Esperance. Whitsett launched her fourth goal of the season into the top left corner of the goal, tying Brooklynn Rivers for best on the team. They went into the half with the 1-0 lead.
Purdue found an answer. The Boilermakers took advantage of a set piece in the 65th minute. Sarah Clark took the corner and sent it into the box where Kylie Hase headed the ball past goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos.
In the 74th minute, Ena Sabanagic found space near the 18 yard line and found the left side of the goal for a 2-1 lead.
Louisville had opportunities to even the score in the final minutes, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The Cards took 13 shots with seven being on goal. Just one of those managed to find its way for a score. Purdue took seven shots with two on goal. Both of those went in, leaving Kouzelos with a zero in the saves column.
The Cards drop to 5-1-0 on the year. They return home to Lynn Stadium to wrap up their non-conference schedule against Eastern Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The men's soccer team will play earlier that day at Lynn at 2:00 p.m. As of right now tickets will not be a two-for-one deal.
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