Monday, November 4, 2013
Monday Cardinal Couple -- Soccer falls in double overtime to Memphis
MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Soccer loses in quarterfinals of AAC to Tigers
- Field Hockey conquers Kent State 6-0
- Volleyball takes broom to Memphis
CARDS DROP DOUBLE OVERTIME MATCH
Memphis made it a successful weekend stay in Louisville by downing the University of Louisville women's soccer team 2-1 in double overtime at Cardinal Park Sunday afternoon.
Memphis (13-7-0) advances to the semifinals out of the #7 seed while UofL (12-5-1) awaits the NCAA Tournament Selections show on Monday, Nov 11th. at 4:30 p.m.
Louisville opened the scoring in the contest in the first half when Charlyn Corral sent a penalty kick into the box that Devyn Ciotti headed into the goal at the 20 minute mark.
The Tigers tied it two minutes later and the 1-1 score took both teams to halftime...Louisville holding a 8-5 shot advantage.
Louisville tried time after time to take the lead in the final 45 minutes of regulation and held a 16-2 shot advantage...but could not get the ball into the net. The same malady held true in the first overtime.
Six minutes into the second extra session, Kaityn Atkins got her second assist of the game...setting up Kelly Sanderson at the far post and she booted home the game winner. Despite an overwhelming 26-9 shot advantage...Louisville could not produce points when needed.
A tough end to a potentially great situation where the Cards could haven strengthened a bid to make the tournament at a higher seed. Being ranked in the top 25 prior to the tournament virtually guarantees the Cards a slot in the NCAA tournament but losing in the early stages of conference play will undoubtedly drop Louisville back out of the top 25 and probably set them up as a #7 or #8 seed in one of the regional brackets.
Time for the Cards to regroup, re-focus and roll through the NCAA tournament. A good season so far and a NCAA bid awaits....but holding a +17 shot advantage and falling to a #7 seed that had played just 48 hours earlier raises some eyebrows about the accuracy of the Cardinal attack and questions about the preparedness this team had for a team they defeated earlier in the season.
FIELD HOCKEY CELEBRATES SENIOR DAY WITH 6-0 WIN
The sendoff for three Louisville field hockey seniors was spectacular Sunday...the Cards rolling past Kent State 6-0 to end the regular season.
Louisville got their first goal 17 minutes into first half play when Alyssa Voelmle sent a penalty corner set into the net. Four minutes before half, Voelmle got an assist by passing to Victoria Stratton to put the Cards up by two.
The second half was a productive one for the 15-4 Cards. Becca Maddock got the first of four UofL goals when she rebounded a missed shot attempt off the Golden Flashes goalie and sent it back through. Voelmle made it 4-0 on a penalty corner set three minutes later. Elisa Garcia increased the lead to 5-0 on a rebound attempt from a missed penalty corner and Jennifer Pels ended the UofL onslaught with a couple minutes left.
Next for the Cards is a trip to Storrs, CT for the BIG EAST Field Hockey conference tournament. Despite a three-way tie for the regular season title with a 6-1 record...along with UConn and ODU...the tiebreaker rules gave Louisville the #3 seed in the four team tournament.
They'll face #2 seed ODU on November 8th....a team that has improved dramatically since their early in the season 3-2 loss to the Cards.
VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS THE TIGERS
Louisville Volleyball goes to 11-0 in the AAC with a three game pummelling of Memphis 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 Sunday afternoon in Memphis.
Good performances from Emily Juhl (11 kills) and an awesome defensive show that held Memphis to just .064 hitting improve the Cards to 16-7 overall for the season.
Louisville had no trouble with the Tigers in the first set and Katie George's two serving aces were highlights in the nine point triumph.
The Cards did fall behind early in game two...not getting the lead until 18-17. A 7-3 run closed out the set in Louisville's favor.
An 8-0 run highlighted a Cardinal offensive display that gave them a 20-7 advantage in the final set. Acting coach Lee Maes emptied the bench after that and Carly Sahagian delivered the final kill to give Louisville the 14 point win.
The Cards are finally back home after seven straight on the road and will hit the KFC YUM! Center for action Friday night to host Houston.
CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
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