To add to the excitement of soccer season starting back up, the Louisville women's soccer team has had a strong start. After traveling up to Indiana and ending in a 1-1 draw, the Cards had their home opener versus Indiana State, where they won 4-0.
On Friday, the Cards opened the season in Bloomington. The Hoosiers scored early on a Louisville defensive miscue and led at the half. Late in the match freshman Allison Whitfield took a pass from teammate Callie McKinney and sent the ball into the back of the net with 15 minutes left in regulation.
The Cards did not score again the rest of the match, including both overtimes, but the defense stood strong to prevent any more goals by IU. The final score ended in a 1-1 draw.
On a good-weathered Sunday afternoon the Cards to the pitch at Lynn Stadium for the first time this season. Junior Kaela Dickerman led the way with two goals, one in each half, and just shy of a hat trick. Niamh Nelson scored the second goal of the match just before halftime. Late in the match Bridget Steward knocked a header into the goal to bring fans to their feet for the fourth time. A freshman was involved with each goal by either scoring or assisting.
At the end of Sunday's match fans lined the wall by the 'Boyleing Point' for post-game autographs. Each Sunday match will feature post-game autograph sessions.
The Cardinals will return to action at home on Friday, August 26, for a 5:30 p.m. match against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in hopes of improving their 1-0-1 record. The men's soccer team will face Butler immediately following the women's match.