Christine Exeter Showed Why She’s a Big East Freshman of the Year Contender Against Cincinnati
(Note: Before getting to the recaps of last night’s action, I can’t recommend Graham Hays’ article on Indiana coach Mick Lyon and his wife’s fight against MS with enough praise. Go. Read. Now.)
Louisville 3 (Exeter 44?, 82?, Jones PK 88?) – 1 (Loggins 83?) Cincinnati
Canadian freshman Christine Exeter and Louisville kept their respective hot streaks intact as the home side scored an impressive win over Cincinnati to begin their Big East campaign. Exeter would net the match winner for the Cardinals in the eighty-second minute after powering home a header in the box from Angelika Uremovich’s sideline cross. Exeter had also opened the scoring for Louisville right before the end of the first half, taking advantage of Cincy keeper Rachel Barnette’s inability to punch a ball clear, letting the freshman finish at short range. After Exeter’s second, Cincy managed to pull one back through a great individual effort from Kendall Loggins who dribbled into the area before finishing past Cardinals keeper Taylor Vancil. Louisville would end any hopes of a miraculous comeback five minutes later though as the home side were awarded a penalty for a foul on Caitlin Rehder, duly converted by the Cardinals’ Jennifer Jones. The Cardinals keep their 100% record intact and now can look ahead to a massive game with Illinois on Sunday.
South Carolina 1 (Jacobs 6?) – 3 (Phillips 11?, Solie 33?, Strahota 36?) Minnesota
South Carolina got off to a blazing start with a sixth minute goal from Brooke Jacobs, but it was all downhill from there, as Minnesota used three goals in twenty-five minutes to bury the Gamecocks in the Graveyard. Kayla Grimsley had made Jacobs’ goal possible with a brilliant ball over and around the Minnesota defense for Jacobs who was able to hold off Marissa Price for just long enough to slam a high shot past Cat Parkhill at the near post. Allie Phillips would restore parity less than five minutes later after banging home a rebound that bounced off the post before crossing the line. Minnesota would get their second off a corner after Carolina keeper Mollie Patton came off her line but didn’t get the ball, letting Josie Solie find the ball in the mess in the box and tap in. Patton would be culpable again for Minnesota’s third goal after Tamara Strahota swooped in at the near post to volley home Kylie Kallman’s corner, the goalkeeper tellingly flatfooted. Carolina would improve after the break, but Cat Parkhill would shine in goal where Patton had faltered. A dazzling save on a 1v1 against SC forward Kayla Grimsley was to keep the two goal lead for the visitors. Parkhill would also make a leaping save on a blast from the top of the box to keep the home side out of the goal. Grimsley would beat Parkhill towards the end of the match, but saw the ball cleared off the line by the swarming Minnesota defense. It was an especially frustrating night for the Gamecocks who also had a Maria Petroni shot bounce clear after hitting the post in addition to having a goal disallowed after Petroni was ruled to have kicked the ball free from Parkhill’s arms before scoring. As for Minnesota, they’ll return home with the knowledge that they’re likely to begin Big Ten play as favorites to wrest the crown from Penn State.
-Jac Ley scored twice for Fairfield and Shannon Fey tallied two assists off the bench as the Stags topped Stony Brook, 3-0.