After a season right at .500 last year with a record of 8-8-2, the Louisville women's soccer team looks to propel upward. Although the Cards found moderate sucess in the season, they found themselves in the southern half of the conference standings.
Last season's biggest highlight was a Thursday night upset over #1 North Carolina at Lynn Stadium. Caroline Kimble scored the go ahead goal with eight seconds remaining in overtime to earn the team their biggest victory in school history. A couple ACC road victories also shined well on their schedule.
-Rachel Avant, MF/D Avant was a force to be reckoned with on the pitch. The German native was a leader through both her support and hard hard-fought attitude against opponents.
-Hannah Konermann, D Teams rely heavily on their back line of defense to assist the goalkeeper and Konermann did just that. Coming off on an ACL injury, the Louisville native and Mercy graduate was a brick wall when the ball came her direction.
-Casey Whitfield, F Another Louisville native, a Manual graduate, was a star on the offensive side of the ball. If Whitfield had possession of the ball it was guaranteed to cause panic for the opposing team. Unafraid to take shots, she was a leader on the team multiple seasons with goals scored.
-Callie McKinney, MF McKinney joins the Cards as a freshman from Franklin, Tenn, and has recorded numerous titles with her club and school teams. She will be an asset all across the pitch.
-Brooklynn Rivers, F Hailing from Fort Thomas, Kent., Rivers has shown signs of aggressiveness on offense and has been unafraid to take the ball to the goal. She has led the team in goals during the preseason.
-Arianna Ferraro, MF/D It looks as if the New Jersey native is replacing Konermann on the back line. Ferraro's agility should help her prevent opposing players from getting by her.
-Allison Whitfield, F Much like her older sister, the younger Whitfield brings a great deal of energy with her to every match, which her teammates are able to feed off of. Between her and Rivers, the offense should be aggressive this season.
Last season the Cards only allowed more than two goals one time. In fact, nearly half of their matches the defense recorded shutouts, much to the strong goalkeeping by rising senior, Taylor Bucklin. Look for her leadership between the goalposts this season.
Shelby Cohen, Caroline Kimble, and Alison Price are returners who saw plenty of action last season and will be on the pitch a majority of the 90 minutes each match.
This season's schedule is highlighted with a home match against Kentucky, an away match at Florida State, and a senior day at Lynn Stadium against reigning ACC champion Virginia. Look for the Cardinals to finish in the upper half of the ACC, as well as finishing a couple of games above .500 this season.
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