Freshmen Paige Larkin (5) makes a play on the ball against the University of Louisville in last Friday’s 5-0 loss to the Cardinals.

By Ryan Alves

Eastern’s women’s soccer team fell to in-state foes Louisville, 5-0 on Friday, and Kentucky, 2-1 on Tuesday evening, to start their 2011 campaign with two losses.

Against the Lady Cardinals, Eastern was outshot 15-1 in the first half, but in the second half, attacked the Louisville defense with four shots on goal.  

“I told the team, you don’t put a team like this on your schedule if you’re worried about the stats and you’re worried about the score,” head coach Lindsay Basalyga said in a press release. “You put a team like this on your schedule to see where you’re at. And that’s what it’s all about: let’s expose ourselves early, and now we have great film to work from.”

Against Kentucky, Eastern proved to be ready for a  fight, as freshman Sydney Montgomery gave the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute of the first half.

The Lady Wildcats responded though with two late goals — 80th and 87th minutes — to take the final lead.

Eastern returns to action at 5 p.m. Friday when they travel to Wright State University at.