Smith hands team a pair, still loses to the Cards 4-2

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SMU's Courtney Smith had two goals in Thursday loss to Luisville. (Courtesy of Douglas Fejer)

Despite the effort from senior Courtney Smith, the SMU Mustangs women’s soccer team (6-5-0 overall, 1-2-0 in American Athletic Conference) fell to the Louisville Cardinals, 4-2.

The Mustangs started out quickly with Smith’s first of two goals in the sixth minute of play with a spectacular free kick from nearly 30 yards away.

Although the lead was shortly lived, thanks to a ninth minute goal by the Cardinals’ Erin Yenney, and another two by Charlyn Corral later in the contest.

Goalie Lauryn Bodden had a tough outing, seeing six shots come towards her net and had four get by. Those scores were the most allowed by the team this season, and resulted in the Mustangs’ second home loss of the year.

The scoring came to a close on Smith’s second goal from a set piece in the 81st minute, when the Plano-native snuck her free kick just away from the Louisville goalkeeper.

Smith now has three goals on the season and a team-high eight assists for the second best point total on the team with 14, trailing Shelby Redman by two.

While the Mustangs played Cincinnati at home on Sunday, they’ll be gearing up for their last road trip of the season before the beginning of the American Athletic Conference Championship.

They’ll take on Memphis on Thursday before heading up to Piscataway, N.J. Sunday.

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