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Sunday, October 23, 2011

W.Soccer downs Bearcats 1-0...Volleyball over WVU 3-1

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SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE:

-Women's Soccer, Exeter defeat Cincy in Soccer

-Volleyball romps WVU...plays in the KFC YUM! today

-Make the short run to Broad Run

Exeter's 12 goals this year are the
highest for a Card since 2004.
Congratulations to the University of Louisville women's soccer team, who clinched the National Division title last night with a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in Cincinnati last night. The match was a defensive struggle during the first half, knotted at 0-0 when the teams went to the locker room. Louisville got the only goal of the contest when Christine Exeter scored her 12th. goal of the season in the 59th. minute of play...taking a Katie McDonald pass on a breakaway and knocking a kick into the goal.

Defense held the rest of the way for Louisville. Goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer has six saves for her sixth shutout of the season. Louisville (10-5-3) and Cincy were even with shots-on-goal at six each.

For Exeter, it was her 11th. goal in the last ten games...all of them BIG EAST contests. Louisville has rebounded well from a tough start to the season, with nine wins, one loss and two ties since being 1-4-1.

It was the 100th. win for Karen Ferguson-Dayes in her coaching career. She took over the Cardinal program in 2000. She commented:

Coach hit 100 wins with
Saturday's win
"I couldn't think of a more appropriate team to celebrate 100 with. These kids are awesome."

In the BIG EAST tournament, Louisville will draw a first round bye and face the winner of the Providence-Rutgers game. The contest will be at Cardinal Park, Sunday, Oct. 30th. at 1 p.m. Winner of that one heads to Morgantown for the semifinals and finals...to be held Nov. 4th and 6th.

It is the first time a UofL women's soccer team has won a division title and the eight wins that Louisville gathered in BIG EAST play this season is also a new Cardinal record.

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Also with eight wins in the BIG EAST is the UofL Volleyball team. They recorded a 3-1 defeat over West Virginia yesterday in a rowdy and loud Cardinal Arena to stay undefeated in BIG EAST conference play. Louisville took the match 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16.

The Cards are on path to repeat their 2010
championship season.
Louisville jumped out early in game one and held leads of 7-2, 14-6 and 21-11 before retiring the Mountaineers by 11. Key was Emily Juhl's four serving aces and .379 hitting for the Cards.

Game two saw WVU lead early and Louisville rally to make it just 23-22 Mountaineers.A block on Kaitlynn James made it set point for WVU and the capitalized to even the match at 1-1.

Louisville roared out in game three and led by double digits at 18-8...coasting in with an eight point lead over WVU. The Cards hit .418 in the third game. Game four was another stroll thru the park for the Cards...leading by six late and then outscoring West Virginia 7-4 down the stretch for the game, set and match.

Lola with another big effort for UofL with 20 kills. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and the Cards are now 16-5 on the season.

They roll back into action Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against Pittsburgh in the KFC YUM Center. If you go, wear pink...since it is Dig for the Cure Day and the Cards will be in their pink unis. If you can't make the match, WHAS-TV will televise the action.

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From the places to see category. If you live in Louisville...or even if you come for a visit, make Broad Run Vineyards a place to go. We were tipped off by a friend about the small, quaint winery in rural southeastern Jefferson County and made the trip recently. They have a large selection of wines to sample from very dry whites and reds to sweet dessert and berry selections.

Gerry (left)will discuss
wine for hours.
Sonja came away very impressed with the blackberry sweet wine, Paul liked the drier Chambourcin. Tastings are very economical at just $5 to sample the entire list..and the servers are very knowledgeable and friendly.

You can get to Broad Run by taking the Billtown Road exit off I-265 and following the signs or just take Seatonville Road south to Broad Run Road and it's a short three miles from there. Beautiful scenery, especially now that the fall leaves are changing colors, and if you're lucky...you'll run in to 82 yr. old owner Gerry Kushner...who will keep you entertained with his wonderfully wacky stories of his life, the wine business and places he has travelled.
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