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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Volleyball takes two....Soccer falls to UK


- UK scores late to down Cards in women's soccer

- Volleyball takes two in Active Ankle Challenge


The University of Louisville women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 heartbreaking loss to rival Kentucky on Sunday evening at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals fall to 2-2-0 on the season while Kentucky improves to 4-1-0.

"I think our team defending is exceptional," head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said after the game. "We turn teams over and we get ourselves in good attacking chances, but then just can't finish the final piece of it. When I go back and look at the video, I imagine there are going to be a lot of younger players in those pivotal moments because we start and play so many younger kids. It's a great experience for them but at the end of the day when we're getting that many chances, we have to convert."

The Cardinals' first scoring chance came in the seventh minute of play when senior Erin Yenney received the ball on the left side of the goal before seeing her shot soar wide right of the goal. Louisville's first corner kick happened just one minute later, but the Cardinals were unable to capitalize on the chance.

Kentucky also had chances in the first half, the most threatening coming in the tenth minute when the Wildcats took a free kick outside of the box that soared high of the goal. Louisville goalkeeper Paige Brown was then forced to make the save when Kentucky took a shot from the end line that landed right in her hands.

Louisville had its best chance of the half in the 19th minute when Yenney received the ball at midfield and fed it to freshman Alison Price, who had her shot saved by the Kentucky keeper. The Cards' final chance of the half came when freshman Inger Katrine Bjerke took a free kick from just outside of the box, which was struck directly into the Kentucky defensive wall.

The two squads finished the half with four shots apiece, while Kentucky held a 3-1 corner kick advantage. Both Brown and Kentucky keeper Taylor Braun finished with one save in the half.

Yenney had another chance in the 50th minute when she beat her defender and took a straight shot on goal, but
 the Kentucky keeper once again made the save. Both Price and Freshman Isabella Habuda also had chances but were unable to score. Louisville's defense stepped up in the second half as the Kentucky pressure rose. A Kentucky attacker beat Brown in the 70th minute of play, but sophomore Caroline Kimble was there to record the defensive save.

Kentucky finally broke the scoreless tie in the 87th minute when Michaela Dooley scored off of Danielle Fitzgerald's assist. The Wildcats scored again about two minutes later on a fast break opportunity when Zoe Swift received a pass from Dooley in the backfield and buried the ball in the goal. The Cardinals had a flurry of chances toward the end of the game, but were unable to get on the board.

Louisville finished the game with a 12-11 shot advantage, while Kentucky led 5-2 in corner kick chances. Brown finished with one save for the Cardinals, while Braun finished with five for the Wildcats.

The Cardinals will play host to Miami (OH) this Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Lynn Stadium.



Junior transfer Laura Blab had eight kills and four blocks to lead the No. 24-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-20 win over Tennessee State in the opening match of the Active Ankle Challenge presented by The Galt House.

Cardinal Janelle Jenkins added seven kills. Juniors Roxanne McVey led the Cardinals with 11 digs, and Katie George totaled 26 assists. UofL ended with eight total team blocks with Jenkins adding three , while TSU tallied only two.

In the evening match...

Junior setter Katie George and sophomore outside hitter Maya McClendon had double-doubles to lead the No. 24-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team past the Cincinnati Bearcats 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 in the final match of the first day.

George finished with 37 assists and 16 digs while McClendon tallied 11 kills and 12 digs. Janelle Jenkins added 10 kills. Louisville totaled four aces and hit .252 for the match compared to .134 for Cincinnati.



We have a lot going on at CC Radio today at 11 a.m. on Crescent Hill Radio. THE FUNNY GUY himself JOHN MAUPIN drops by to catch us up on what's going on with him and also describe life in his own, unique and funny style. JEFF MCADAMS will be providing a live update from the Active Ankle Challenge as Louisville Volleyball takes on App. State.

We've got audio from coach JUSTINE SOWRY and field hockey star ALYSSA VOELMLE. PAULIE will also look at a potential BIG TIME WBB recruit that is announcing her college choice on Tuesday. DON PAULIE also stops in to visit.

It's jolly good fun and if you aren't careful, you just might learn a thing or two about UofL women's sports.




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