Oct. 7, 2007
PTTSBURGH-The Pitt women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Louisville Sunday afternoon at Founders Field in a rematch of last year's Big East Tournament game. With the loss, the Panthers fall to 6-6-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the Big East, while the Cardinals improved to 8-3-1 and 3-2-0.
In an evenly-played first half, neither team was able to register a goal as both teams tallied just three shots each. Following halftime, Louisville registered the first shot of the second half when senior midfielder Laura Walker sent a line-drive shot towards the right side of the Panther net.
Pitt goalkeeper Alison Finch (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park) made a diving save to keep the score at 0-0. Finch would finish with three saves on the day.
Minutes later, Panther freshman Liz Carroll (Alexandria, Va./Bishop O'Connell) tallied one of her four shots of the day with a header that hit off the right post of the Louisville goal, coming inches to giving Pitt the lead.
Neither team was able to score in regulation as the Panthers outshot the Cardinals seven to five through 90 minutes of play. In the first seconds of overtime, Carroll once again came inches close to giving the Panthers the win when her shot was tipped just over the net by Louisville goalkeeper Joanna Haig.
The game-winning goal came in the 95th minute when Haig punted the ball downfield to waiting Shannon Smyth who drove through the Panther defense and beat Finch infront of the net. Smyth knocked the ball into the right corner of the net, giving Louisville the 1-0 win.
Pitt will travel to Connecticut for a 7 p.m. contest with the Huskies on Oct. 12, for the first of four road games, before heading to Providence on Sunday, Oct. 14, for a 1 p.m. contest.