Following a 1-0 win at Saint Louis on Thursday, University of Louisville women’s soccer returns to Lynn Stadium to host Western Kentucky on Sunday night. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Both teams enter Sunday’s match undefeated as the Cardinals are 4-0, while the Hilltoppers are 3-0.
UofL opens the season with a 4-0 record for the third time in the past four years. In 2019, they opened with a 7-0 record and they opened 5-0 in 2018. Last season, the Cardinals were 3-1 through four games.
With a 3-0 win over Northern Kentucky followed by a 1-0 win at Saint Louis, Louisville has recorded back-to-back shutouts. They are looking to record three straight shutouts for the first time since they recorded four straight from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5, 2019 with wins over Morehead State (W, 3-0), Saint Louis (W, 1-0), Eastern Michigan (W, 5-0) and Indiana (W, 1-0).
Gabby Kouzelos has back-to-back shutouts for the sixth time in her career. She did it last year in a 3-0 win vs. Syracuse on Oct. 1, 2020 and a 2-0 win over Boston College on Oct. 4, 2020. She has recorded three straight shutouts just once in her career. From Sept. 15 to Sept. 23, 2018, she shut out Pitt (W, 2-0), Notre Dame (W, 2-0) and Syracuse (W, 1-0).
Morgan Bentley recorded her second career game-winner in the 1-0 win at Saint Louis on Thursday. The goal came in the 60th minute and was assisted by Nina Nicosia. She also had the game-winner last season in the 1-0 win at Virginia Tech on Oct. 18, 2020.
Julia Simon ranks third in the ACC with 2.0 shots on goal per game and sixth with 3.75 shots per game.
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Western Kentucky enters Sunday night’s matchup with a perfect 3-0 record after recording home wins over Austin Peay (W, 2-0), Union (Tenn.) (W, 3-0) and Vanderbilt (W, 3-2 OT). WKU was picked second in the C-USA preseason poll, while Avery Jacobsen was named to the preseason All-C-USA team after being named All-C-USA first team a season ago. Jacobsen is part of a WKU backline that held opponents to 13 goals last season, the second fewest by a WKU team in school history. Through three games this season, that backline has limited opponents to just two goals. The Hilltoppers went 8-2-2 last season and fell 2-0 to Charlotte in the C-USA Tournament.
Series History – Louisville is 2-1-0 all-time against Western Kentucky with the lone defeat a 1-0 loss at WKU last March. The Cardinals won 2-1 in Bowling Green on Sept. 17, 2006 and won 5-0 at home on Sept. 11, 2005.
Last Meeting – Despite having nine shots in the second half, Louisville fell 1-0 at Western Kentucky. In the last three minutes, the Cardinals had several chances to tie it, but Bentley and Sarah Hernandez’s shots were saved and Ravin Alexander and Kerwin’s shots were off target. After getting just one shot in the first half, Louisville finished with 10 shots to WKU’s nine. The Cards had four shots on goal to the Hilltoppers’ six. Kouzelos finished with five saves.
Date: Sunday, September 5
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Louisville, Ky. | Lynn Stadium
Video: ACCNX (Jeff Greer, play-by-play; Casey Whitfield, analyst)
Series History: 2-1-0 (L1, 1-0-0 home, 1-1-0 away, 0-0-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: L, 1-0 (March 27, 2021 at Lynn Stadium)
Next UofL Game: Friday, Sept. 10 vs. Michigan
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Asst. Sports Information DirectorWomen’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer
University of Louisville Athletics