In what should have been a fairly easy victory for the Louisville women's soccer team, the Cards held onto a 3-2 victory over Boston University in the season opener. Louisville led the entire way.
Three different players, two sophomores and one freshmen, scored goals for UofL. All three played high school ball in the state of Kentucky- a first for the Louisville women's soccer program.
18 minutes in to the first half Gabby Vincent found Highlands High School product Brooklynn Rivers on a cross for the first goal of the season. Rivers is the leading scorer from last season. Four minutes later Kaela Dickerman found Emina Ekic, a DuPont Manual graduate, for her first career goal.
The Cards went into halftime with a 2-0 lead, but the Terriers fought back. Kelly Park knocked a header into the back of the net to cut the Cards' lead in half 18 minutes into the second half. In the 74th minute Allison Whitfield, also out of DuPont Manual, took a defender one-on-one for the goal. However, Boston responded just seconds later off of a corner that found its way past the Cardinal defense to bring the score to 3-2.
Louisville dominated a majority of the game and maintained possession well for the full 90 minutes. They had ample opportunities to score, but only managed three goals on 11 shots on goal.
On the defensive end Gabrielle Kouzelos recorded one save and her first career win.
The victory starts Louisville off undefeated at 1-0. They have a quick turnaround when they host Miami (OH) Sunday at 1:00.