September 8, 2012 By Bez Saciri
Paige Monsen’s game-winning goal with fifteen minutes to play gave the Louisville Cardinals a 2-1 victory in Bloomington, Indiana.
Despite the score, the Bobcats outshot the Cardinals 8-2 in the second half and 12-9 for the entire game. Ohio had ten shots on target, eight of which came from Taylor Brown while Louisville had seven of their nine shots on target. Louisville goalkeeper Erin Conrad made nine saves in the contest, compared to Brittany Walker’s five saves for Ohio.
Louisville had the first opportunity of the game, in the first minute of action. Victoria Stratton took the pass off a Elise Garcia’s penalty corner but the shot was saved by Walker.
Ohio quickly responded in the third minute, as Jessica Jue found Taylor Brown via yet another penalty corner but the prolific finisher’s shot was saved by Conrad.
Ohio (2-2) kept coming at Louisville and in the 18th minute, the Jue-to-Brown connection was thwarted again, as Brown’s shot off of a penalty corner was saved by Conrad.
Five minutes later, Garcia’s penalty corner found the stick of Lou Voelmle and Walker was called upon to make another save for the Bobcats.
Right before half-time, Louisville (4-2) broke the deadlock. Garcia dribbled through the Ohio defense to score just outside of the cage to give the Cardinals a huge boost going into half-time.
Even though the Bobcats were trailing, they were far from done. Just as they did against Colgate and Radford, the Bobcats started out the stronger of the two teams in the second half.
In the 37th minute, British youngster Adele Sammons found Brown on a penalty corner, and Conrad made another big save to preserve the lead for Louisville.
Ohio kept coming at Louisville and in the 46th minute, Conrad was called upon again, as Brown’s shot found the glove of the Louisville stopper.
Ohio finally tied the game in the 53rd minute, as Caelyn Hartley scored her third goal of the season off of a rebound. Ohio had the momentum, but that quickly changed sides.
Two minutes later, Louisville took the lead through Lou Monsen, as she dribbled her way past the Bobcat defenders to score, and put Ohio on the brink of their second loss on the young season.
Ohio made many substitutions late on, bringing in Brown and five-goal hero from last week, Luli Gomez Teruel to try and tie the game. Even though they made sure their best attackers were on the field, the last chance fell to Sammons off of a penalty corner from Jue, and once again, Conrad made the save to give the Cardinals their fourth win of the season.
The Bobcats will have to put this defeat quickly behind them, as they will be in action tomorrow, in Bloomington, against the Indiana Hoosiers. Start time is set for 1 p.m. A loss will put Ohio under the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Player of the Game: Erin Conrad. The hero for the Cardinals on this day, as her nine saves led the charge for her team. Taylor Brown peppered her goal with eight shots on target, but Conrad stood up to the challenge and saved them all. More performances like this will sure give Louisville many chances to get more wins for the rest of the season.
Louisville Verdict: They did just enough offensively to get past a tough Ohio squad. Even though they were dominated in the first part of the second half, they regrouped after Hartley’s goal, and got the decisive second goal. Conrad kept them in the game, and they were well-organized. Lou Garcia will be one to watch the rest of the season for this squad.
Ohio Verdict: What a difference a week makes. After totally dismantling Radford last week, they found Louisville much harder to break down. On another day, Taylor Brown would have had three or four goals, but she will have to settle for zero. Brittany Walker made some key saves, but Ohio just lost a little bit of focus after they equalized through Caelyn Hartley. It will be interesting to see how they react after such a gut-wrenching defeat.