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Indiana women’s soccer looks to extend winning streak at Louisville

<p>Players on the Indiana women&#x27;s soccer team celebrate Feb. 25, 2021, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Indiana will face the Univeristy of Notre Dame on Sunday in Bloomington.</p>

Players on the Indiana women's soccer team celebrate Feb. 25, 2021, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Indiana will face the Univeristy of Notre Dame on Sunday in Bloomington.

The Indiana women’s soccer team travels to Louisville, Kentucky, to take on the University of Louisville Cardinals Thursday night. The Hoosiers are coming off their first win, a 3-0 shutout against Indiana State University on Sept. 1. 

Before the matchup against Indiana State, Indiana had drawn three consecutive matches without scoring a goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg was the star of the show at the outset, earning Big Ten Co-Goalkeeper of the Week honors, but the Hoosiers’ offensive players are looking to build off an impressive performance against the Sycamores.  

[Related: Indiana sophomore Jamie Gerstenberg named Big Ten Co-Goalkeeper of the Week]

Indiana senior forward Paige Webber notched the first goal of the season in the 56th minute of play, scoring the Hoosiers’ first point since Oct. 7, 2021. Junior forwards Jen Blitchok and Anna Bennett scored the second and third Hoosier goals on the night and contributed seven out of the team’s 24 shots. 

Louisville comes into the contest possessing a 3-1-1 record, including a 3-2 win over No. 23 University of Memphis. Hoosier defenders will have their work cut out for them against a Cardinal offensive attack that has scored eight total goals this season.

Graduate forward Maisie Whitsett is Louisville’s overall offensive leader with two goals, three assists and eleven total shots. Cardinal freshman defender Karsyn Cherry is the primary difference-maker for Louisville, scoring three goals including two eventual game-winning shots.  

[Related: Active offense benefits Indiana women's soccer in 3-0 win against Indiana State]

The matchup history between Indiana and Louisville is evenly split, with each team winning two matches and then drawing one. The Cardinals have won the two most recent contests in 2017 and 2019. 

The kickoff between the Hoosiers and Cardinals is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be played at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium in Louisville and will be broadcast on ACCNX. 

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