Louisville Tops @MemphisWSoccer in Overtime
Sept. 27, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville (5-3-1, 1-0-0 American) scored two minutes into overtime to defeat Memphis (7-3-0, 0-1-0 American) 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference opener for each team.
Christine Exeter was fed a cross down the middle of the field and put away the goal from 18 yards away to give the Cardinals the victory in the 92nd minute.
Memphis grabbed the early lead in the 30th minute as Nugene Nugent put away a corner kick serve from Kaitlyn Atkins. Nugent put the header into the back left corner of the net for her second goal of the season while Atkins picked up her team-high sixth assist on the year. With her 17th career assist, Atkins is now tied with Vendula Strandova for the fifth-most assists in program history.
The Cardinals responded quickly, putting away the equalizer in the 31st minute. The goal came 59 seconds after the Lady Tigers took the lead with Erin Yenney scoring the goal. Roughly 35 seconds after the U of M goal, Louisville earned a corner and Yenney won a scramble in the box putting a shot on frame, but defender Diamond Simpson held her spot on the goal line to head it away for the team save. Moments later, Louisville earned another corner and this time Yenney scored.
After testing Memphis twice and coming away empty early in the second half, Casey Whitfield gave Louisville the 2-1 advantage. Whitfield caught up to pass on the right side and put a shot on frame as Bard-Martel left her line to chase down the ball.
Memphis answered in the 70th minute as Atkins served a cross into the six-yard box where Valerie Sanderson put away the header to tie the game at 2-2. Sanderson picks up her ninth goal on the young season while Atkins moves ahead with seven assists and solo possession of fifth all-time with 18 career helpers. Sanderson’s nine goals this season rank tied for third among freshmen in program history.
Louisville finished the match with a 17-13 edge in shots and a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal. Lady Tigers goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel came up with eight saves in the match while Cardinals goalkeeper Paige Brown had four.
Memphis will regroup and travel to Cincinnati for a 12 p.m. (CT) match on Sunday.