LOUISVILLE -- Two second half goals made the difference on Friday night as the Butler women's soccer team fell 2-0 at Louisville in the 2013 regular season opener. The Cardinals scored the first goal of the game in the 46th minute of action and added an insurance goal at the 84:30 mark.
"I thought the score line and stats were indicative of the game," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "Louisville was well organized defensively and they have a couple of special players offensively whom were the difference makers tonight."
Charlyn Corral was the player of the game for Louisville as her corner kick set up the first goal of the season for the Cardinals. The preseason all-conference selection came back to ice the game with a late goal off an assist from Hannah Konermann.
Corral sent a corner kick into the box where Christine Exeter was waiting with good position. Exeter scored a header goal to give the Cardinals the lead and the gamed ended with Corral scoring a goal off a cross from Konermann.
Julie Burton was active in goal for the Bulldogs, ending the game with seven saves. Louisville out shot the Bulldogs 20-9 and they also won the corner kick battle 10-2.
Butler's best chance to score on Friday came quickly after Louisville's second goal as Sophia Maccagnone shot high of the goal at 84:51. Moments later the Bulldogs came back with a corner kick from Stephanie Kaylor but the shot from Elise Kotsakis was saved by Paige Brown.
Brown ended the game with four saves as Maccagnone had two shots on goal (23', 58') and McKenzie Muchow delievered the first shot at Brown at the 11 minute mark.
"I was proud of the way we battled despite going down a goal," St. John added. "If we can maintain that kind of fight and grit, we will see positive results."
Butler will stay active this weekend with another road contest as the team travels to Terre Haute to take on the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday at 1 p.m.