The University of Louisville women’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaker 3-2 in double overtime to No. 4 Duke Friday night at Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals are now 7-5-0 on the season (1-3-0 ACC), while the Blue Devils move to 11-1-0, (4-1-0 ACC).

“I’m heartbroken for our kids,“ said Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “We played excellent. We went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the country. I’m super proud of our body of work. We’ve got to learn how to win these games, and I think that’s our next step.”

The first 45 minutes saw the first two goals of the series between the Blue Devils and the Cardinals scored. Duke was the first to strike, scoring 23 minutes in with a goal from Ella Stevens.

In the 35th minute, a Duke defender took Emina Ekic down in the box, rewarding the Cardinals with a penalty kick. Ekic took the kick, sending it to the left corner for the equalizer.

Louisville finished the first half with a 4-3 shot advantage, while Duke held a 2-0 corner kick advantage. Both keepers finished the half with one save.

It took the Cardinals just over a minute into the second half to strike again, this time on a corner kick. Ekic sent the corner to Gabrielle Vincent, who served it to the front of the goal for Inger Katrine Bjerke to head the ball in for a 2-1 lead.

The Cardinals defense held strong for nearly 30 more minutes, until Duke responded with the equalizer in the 74th minute. Taylor Racioppi scored the equalizer for the Blue Devils in the 74th minute.

The Cardinals’ best chance for a game-winner came in the 82nd minute off a free kick from Ekic which hit the cross bar and barely missed bouncing in.

In the first overtime period, the Cardinals struggled to get a shot off but kept the Blue Devils quiet to force a second overtime period. Two minutes into the second overtime, the Blue Devils found the back of the net with a deflection goal by Ashton Miller.

Duke held a 10-8 shot advantage and a 5-2 corner kick advantage. Gabby Kouzelos finished the match with four saves while EJ Proctor finished with two saves for Duke.

The Cardinals will now play back-to-back ACC road matches next week. The Cardinals will travel to Clemson on Friday, Oct. 5.

Kimberli Pemberton
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville

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