Oct. 28, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team will travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 1-0, on Thursday, October 27 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. The victory marks the Friars first win in a BIG EAST Tournament game since 1994 when the team fell to Boston College in the semifinals. The Friars are the No. 4 seed in the American Division of the BIG EAST and the Cardinals are the No. 1 seed in the National Division.
In a tough match plagued by cold temperatures and constant rain, the Friars were able to break a 0-0 deadlock in the 57th minute of regulation. Senior Courtney Collins (North Wales, Pa.) sent a ball down the right side to classmate Taylor Bartini(Suffield, Conn.) who dribbled past a defender and sent the ball to the far left corner of the net as Rutgers goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins came out to put pressure on her.
Defensively, the Friars denied the Scarlet Knights of any shot attempts following the goal in the second half.
Overall, the Friars outshot Rutgers, 7-6, with a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Walker had four saves in the match.
The last time Providence and Louisville met, the Cardinals defeated the Friars, 1-0, at Roger Williams University. The Cardinals got an early lead when Christine Exeter scored in the 29th minute. The Friars had three shot attempts in the match, but were unable to score the equalizer. Walker had three saves.
LOUISVILLE (10-5-3, 8-1-2 BIG EAST)... Since the Friars last met the Cardinals, Louisville has posted a 6-1 record, with the 1-0 loss coming in a matchup with No. 10 Marquette on Friday, September 30. Most recently, Louisville defeated Cincinnati, 1-0, on October 22 to secure the BIG EAST National Division title. Exeter scored what would be the game-winning goal on a breakway in the 59th minute of play.
Exeter leads the team in points (27) on 12 goals and three assists. Angelika Uremovich and Jordan Pawlik each have nine points on three goals and three assists. Chloe Keifer has been in net for every minute of play for Louisville, with six shutouts on the season.
The Friars are 0-2-1 against the Cardinals, with a 1-1 tie in 2008 in Louisville, Ky. and a 3-1 loss at home in 2005.
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