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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Field Hockey wins...Football loses...Sandy Walker reviews...

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SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

-Strong second half leads Field Hockey to win.

-Football falls to NC.

-Sandy Walker on the Dream



The University of Louisville finished strong on the road at Piscataway yesterday and defeated Rutgers in Field Hockey 4-2. Four different Cardinals scored in the win.

"This was a really great win for our program. The last couple of weeks have been really tough, but we've fought through it and this game was no exception. We played a quality opponent who gave it everything they had. I was happy we stuck with the game plan. We kept fighting and working hard for each other." -Head coach Justine Sowry.

The Cards scored first, five minutes into the contest when Amber Thomas knocked one in from short range. Rutgers responded halfway through the half to tie it and took the lead shortly before the half ended.

The second stanza belonged to Louisville. Hayley Turner struck first on a Caitlin Collins feed to tie it. Then, Kelsey Rosenmeier converted an Erin Schneidtmiller pass to put Louisville up 3-2. Heather Stevens tacked on an insurance goal with ten minutes remaining to make it 4-2 Cards.

Louisville out shot the Scarlet Knights 12-8 and Erin Conrad had four saves as Louisville improves to 8-5 and 2-2 in BIG EAST play. 

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Great defensive effort from the football Cards yesterday but they were on the wrong end of a 14-7 final against North Carolina. The Cards recorded four sacks and gave UNC quarterback Bryn Renner fits all day...but couldn't score until 42 seconds remaining in the game. Louisville missed two first half field goal attempts.

UC next week, who will probably have 14 points in the first 14 minutes against Louisville. The Bearcats know how to score. The Cards need lessons.

Victories come with offensive production. The Cards have been rocked with injuries and coaching controversies in this area and the free-wheeling scoring juggernaut we saw in Lexington versus UK is just a fading, fond memory now. Points on the board creates "W"'s. Defensive plays are great and always welcome...but if the offense can't create and capitalize from them..."L"'s are the end result.

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(Sandy Walker on the Atlanta Dream...second best in the WNBA again)

Being up close and personal at Friday night's Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx WNBA Championship finals game did not make the outcome any easier to take. The atmosphere was electric in a sold out Philips Arena...where the fans were primed to motivate their team.

Once again, for three quarters...there was hope for a Dream win. But, as it was all series long, the fourth quarter saw the wheels fall off the Dreamobile. Forced offensive choices and a tenacious Lynx defense created the 73-67 loss for Atlanta. 

For the second straight year, the Dream have fought their way to the finals and then been swept out the door. Look for a return in season four if the Dream can maintain their current roster. And, hopefully a crown.


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