Louisville Nips RedHawks in Season Opener

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Aug. 21, 2009

Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Miami women’s soccer team had its 2009 season opener spoiled by the Louisville Cardinals of the BIG EAST, 1-0, Friday night at Cardinal Park. Louisville (1-0) handed the RedHawks (0-1) their first season-opening loss since 2005, which also came at the hands of the Cardinals. Miami is now 7-6 all-time in season openers, while Louisville evened the all-time series with the ’Hawks at 4-4.

Junior Brooke Livingston (Lisle, Ill.) fired the first shot of the game (and the season) for Miami in the fifth minute off a corner kick, but the Cardinals answered with four shots in the next 15 minutes and took advantage of a slow start by the Red and White to score the game’s lone goal.

“I thought it was an evenly played game, but I wasn’t very happy with how we came out,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “I didn’t think we played a very good first 20 minutes, but once we got the jitters out, I thought we played pretty well and created some opportunities. But we can’t win a game playing only 70 minutes.”

Louisville senior Lindsay Boling notched the lone tally in the 19th minute off an assist from freshman midfielder Courtney Holtz. The RedHawks picked up the pace following the score, playing even with Louisville the remainder of the first frame, as neither side managed another shot over the final 25 minutes of the half.

Miami earned four corner kicks in the second stanza, including three in the final three minutes, but were unable to even the match, despite putting some pressure on the Cardinals’ defense. Louisville managed seven shots over the final 45 minutes, but the ’Hawks hung tough preventing the hosts from adding to their lead.

“Our back line started out a little rocky, but once we got things sorted out we played pretty well. I thought Brooke (Livingston) and Haley (Clark) were outstanding and I thought Courtney Clarke had a good game back there,” Kramig said.

Senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) made seven saves for Miami, six in the second half, adding to her school record for career saves (now at 289). Dating back to last season, Pace has recorded seven stops in each of her last five contests.

The RedHawks were out-shot 11-1, but some of UL’s shots came from distance and were not a threat. Miami did earn five corners to the Cardinals’ three.

Miami returns to action Sunday, Aug. 23, for its home opener when the RedHawks welcome Eastern Kentucky (0-1), who fell to Kent State in its season opener, in a 1 p.m. ET match at Miami Soccer Field. The meeting will mark the first ever between the two schools. Miami is 7-4-1 all-time in home openers, all under Kramig.

“We need to come out and have a good start and play a full 90-minute game,” Kramig said of the home opener. “It’s something we haven’t done yet (in the preseason) and we didn’t do it tonight. Louisville punished us for it the first 20 minutes and after that we were okay. We can play with most of the teams on our schedule, but we’re not going to do that unless we can come out of the gates a little quicker and put together a complete game.”