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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Soccer beats Irish in semis...Field Hockey falls to UConn...Saturday Breeders Cup picks

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SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE:

-Women's Soccer reaches finals with win over Notre Dame

-Field Hockey gives UConn a battle but loses

-Saturday Breeders Cup Picks

The University of Louisville women's soccer team will play for the BIG EAST Tournament title Sunday. A huge win yesterday over rival Notre Dame...the Cards taking down the Irish 2-1.

The Cards opened the scoring when Christine Exeter took a pass from Jordan Pawlik and drove one into the net after just three minutes of play in the first half. Louisville would strike again just eight minutes later...Kaitie McDonald using her head - literally - to knock in a kick from Jennifer Jones.

Kiefer had seven saves
against Notre Dame
That 2-0 lead held for the first half and the Cards defense proved up to the task in the second half...holding the Irish to just one goal and getting the win.

Chloe Kiefer performed well in the net for UofL...getting seven saves. The Irish outshot Louisville 19-11 and held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks. Louisville led in the category that mattered most, though...with two goals.

The Cards advance to the championship game and will play West Virginia at noon Sunday. The Mountaineers drubbed Georgetown 5-1 in the other semifinal game yesterday. It'll be the first meeting of the year for the two. Louisville lost to WVU in 2010 in Morgantown 2-1. The Cards are 0-4-1 all-time against West Virginia. Louisville is on a eight game win streak currently and will give the Mountaineers all they want Sunday.

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Field Hockey jumped out to a early 2-0 lead against Connecticut yesterday in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championships but couldn't make it stand...losing 3-2 to the Huskies in Syracuse. The Cards fired early against UConn...Hayley Turner taking a Mallory Mason pass to the net just 2 minutes into the contest. UofL would find pay dirt again just eight minutes later when Erin Schneidtmiller fed Elizabeth Vance by the left post...Vance scoring and giving the Cards a surprising two goal advantage over the #4 Huskies.

Erin Conrad will be
back next year to
tend goal for UofL
UConn regrouped, though, and came back quickly to cut it to 2-1 just two minutes later. That's the way they went into the half...Erin Conrad making several key saves as the clock neared zero.

The Huskies tied it up seven minutes into the second half and the game evolved into a defensive struggle until Cara Silverman smacked home the game winner for Connecticut with just ten minutes left in the action. Louisville was outshot 14-2 in the game...Conrad with nine saves for the Cards. 

Louisville ends the regular season with a 10-9 record and will now wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

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We had an excellent day with the six Breeders Cup races at Churchill Downs...having winners in five of the races. Sonja correctly predicted that PERFECT SHIRL would shock the field and she did...at 27-1 odds. Perhaps the most impressive race of the day was MY MISS AUERLIA just destroying the field when the Juvenile Fillies hit the stretch. Look out for her as a 3 year old...the Oaks or even the Kentucky Derby not out of reach for this Steve Asmussen trained gal. OK, enough bragging...there are nine Breeders Cup races for this Saturday and we're going to try and give you some good winners.

Remember, our selections are for entertainment purposes only. If you followed along with Sonja yesterday...you were massively entertained. We put $2 across the board on all three of our picks per race yesterday. $18 a race wagered and for the six races, we each bet a total of $108 for the day. Here's how we did:

Sonja...four winners and total money returned $134 Profit: $26
Paul.....four winners and total money returned $89   Loss: $19

Paul: "Don't wear the crown too tightly, girl...because I'm gonna snatch it right off your head on Saturday."

Sonja: "It's lonely here at the top...prom wave to poor, pitiful Paul below."

Here's today's offerings:

BREEDERS CUP MARATHON

Paul                                                   Sonja

Baryshnikov                                        Bird Run
Bird Run                                             Giant Oak
Au Miner                                             Cease

JUVENILE TURF

Paul                                                   Sonja

Majestic City                                       Finale
Casper Nets                                        Majestic City
Finale                                                Lucky Chappy

SPRINT

Paul                                                   Sonja

Big Drama                                           Big Drama
Aikenite                                              Giant Ryan
Jackson Bend                                       Force Freeze

TURF SPRINT

Paul                                                   Sonja

Caracortado                                         Regally Ready
Chamberlain Bridge                               Country Day
Hoofit                                                 Perfect Officer

DIRT MILE

Paul                                                    Sonja

Shackelford                                           Trappe Shot (best bet of the day)
Trappe Shot                                          Wilburn
Wilburn                                                Caleb's Posse

TURF

Paul                                                    Sonja

Sarafina                                               Sarafina
Stately Victor                                        Await the Dawn
Await the Dawn                                     Sea Moon

JUVENILE

Paul                                                     Sonja

Hansen (best bet of the day)                   Union Rags
Union Rags                                            Hansen
Dullahan                                               Drill

MILE

Paul                                                     Sonja

Goldikova                                              Gio Ponti
Court Vision                                           Goldikova
Gio Ponti                                               Courageous Cat

CLASSIC

Paul                                                     Sonja

Uncle Mo                                               Ice Box
Drosselmeyer                                         Harve de Grace 
Game on Dude                                       Uncle Mo


(For what it's worth, we both also like Buckleupbuttercup, Freedom Star and May Day Rose in the 12th. and final race of the day...the Chiulkki Stakes.)   

Good luck everybody!!

nochoiceisachoice

                   

2 comments:

  1. Paul. Just want to say THANKS! I played your and Sonja's selections today while attending the races at Aqueduct. I had the pick 3 in races 9,10,11 on a $2 Pick three.

    I can definitely use that $10278 payout. You guys are the best!

    Don

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