Record-Breaking Season Closes With 2-0 Loss in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 18, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A record-setting season came to a close on Friday as Louisville (14-6-3) edged No. 5 Memphis (22-1-1) with a 2-0 victory in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
Just 30 seconds into the game, Louisville had great scoring chance that sailed just wide of the left post. Christine Exeter took the ball to the end line on the right flank and served a cross inside the box where Erin Yenney got a head on it and sent it wide of the left post. Less than two minutes later, Exeter tried a header of her own, but this header hit the right post and Memphis cleared it away.
Louisville held Memphis off the shot column until the 28th minute when Melissa Smith had a header go just right of the post. The Cardinals finished the first half with a 6-4 shots edge and forced Lady Tiger net-minder Elise Kuhar-Pitters to come up with one save.
Memphis nearly broke through in the 60th minute as Kelley Gravlin fired a shot from the right side, but Cardinals goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer made the diving save. A minute later, Lizzy Hildebrandt had a shot from the center of the box and Kiefer again came up with a big save.
Kim Sharo put Louisville on the board with a goal in the 68th minute. Jennifer Jones played the ball into the box and the ball to an awkward bounce over Kuhar-Pitters where Sharo awaited for the tap-in goal. The goal put the Lady Tigers behind for just the third time on the year. Zakiya McIntosh put the Cardinals ahead 2-0 in the 75th minute with her first goal of the season. McIntosh put in a header from the left post from five yards away for the score.
Hildebrandt led the Lady Tigers attack with four shots, two on goal. Kuhar-Pitters finished with three saves on the night and closed her career with a single-season record 0.46 goals-against average and a career record goals-against average of 0.78.
The Lady Tigers finished the best year in the history of the program, with a school-record 22 wins and their first-ever victory in the NCAA Tournament. Memphis was one of the last-two unbeaten teams in the country, as only Stanford remains without a loss.