Wildcats Drop 2-0 Heartbreaker to No. 18 Louisville

Sept. 9, 2010

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the second straight match, the UK women’s soccer team (3-2-0) was unable to put a ball in the net, dropping a 2-0 decision to 18th-ranked Louisville.

Despite logging a season-high 21 shots, the Wildcats could not maintain a second-half rhythm, resulting in an inability to score.

“I think for the first time this season, the information that we gave them at halftime didn’t come through and I have to take the blame for that,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “This team has been tremendous at taking what we’ve talked about at halftime and making the changes and it didn’t happen today. I thought we played well in the first half; we had a nice rhythm and in the second half I thought we went totally away from what we’re good at and tried to be somebody we’re not.

“We became much more direct, which we’re not. We started to panic because we lost the rhythm and we tried to win the game on one pass over and over and it’s not who we are. We’re a team that builds a rhythm, that likes to knock the ball around and we had some really nice rhythm in the first half. In the second half we just completely forgot about passing to teammates and we became an individual show and Louisville’s too good for that.”

Louisville threatened in the fourth minute when Caitlin Rehder made a move around UK defender Laura Novikoff and fired off a shot from about 10 yards out, but Sydney Hiance was able to get her hands up in time to knock it down and corral the loose ball.

The Wildcats had their best opportunity in the 24th minute when a loose ball in front of the goal forced Louisville keeper Taylor Vancil to come off her line and try and gather in the ball. Natalie Horner got to the ball just ahead of Vancil, but her stab at the ball sent it over the goal.

Hiance kept the game tied on a diving save in the 39th minute after Angelika Uremovich turned and rifled a shot towards the upper left 90 of the goal. Hiance went airborne to her right to deflect the ball away.

Kentucky had a flurry of attempts in the 50th minute but was unable to scratch the scoreboard. Jenna Goblirsch floated a ball from the near sideline that hit off the crossbar. Caitlin Landis got the rebound and took a shot but it was deflected out by Vancil. Hunyadi collected the rebound and fired a shot but it too was knocked away by Vancil.

Louisville answered in the 55th minute. Emily Cardell split a couple UK defenders and fired a shot from just inside the top of the 18-yard, but Hiance was able to get her hands up just in time to deflect the ball away.

The Cardinals finally broke through in the 68th minute on a goal by Caitlin Rehder. Both teams fought over a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box. The ball bounced over to U of L’s Rehder, who put a shot just inside the left post for the 1-0 Louisville lead. Kentucky had another opportunity in the 86th minute off a corner kick, getting a couple shots off a scrum in the box; however, the Cats were unable to find the back of the net.

The Cardinals iced the game in the 88th minute on Uremovich’s goal off a rebound.

UK outshot Louisville 21-18, but only seven of the shots were on goal.

The Wildcats return to home action Sunday, hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET.

UK Postgame Notes

  • UK leads the all-time series with U of L 6-2-1.
  • The Wildcats and Cardinals were tied at the half. It was the first time UK has been tied at halftime.
  • Natalie Horner tallied a season high five shots.
  • Caitlin Landis attempted a career high five shots.
  • Sydney Hiance tied her career high with 10 saves.