FIELD HOCKEY RALLY FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 LOSS TO VIRGINIA
If they granted "do-overs" in Field Hockey, Justine Sowry would be at the table requesting a replay of the first 20 minutes of Friday night's Field Hockey game against #6 Virginia.
Louisville came out flat offensively and the Cavaliers put goals on the Cards in the ninth and thirteenth minutes of action in the first half to build a lead they'd never relinquish.
When Louisville finally got rolling, it was thanks to Chile Garcia...who connected on a penalty shot with 3:50 left in the first half...a one-on-one move where she drove the ball past Wahoo goalie Rebecca Holden. Garcia, who had missed the last two game because of a injury in practice, did not start the contest but when pressed into action...responded for UofL.
The Cards withstood an early Virginia second half barrage (the Cavailers outshot Louisville 13-6 in the final 35 minutes) but Tara Vittese picked up her second score of the match 10 minutes into action and Louisville was face to face with a 3-1 deficit.
UofL rallied back. Garcia got Louisville back within one on a excellent pass from Katherine Gwynne-Wood with 15 minutes to play. Unfortunately, one minute later...the Cavs pushed the advantage back to two when Bailey Fanikos picked up an unassisted goal near the net to make it 4-2.
Al Greener's Pep Band left Trager. My esteemed colleague Worldwide left. (Both headed to Volleyball down the street.) It was raining and fans were leaving but Sowry's Flock did not disappear, however...and Nicole Woods picked up her first score of the year with 1:55 left to play and Louisville had trimmed the margin to one goal again at 4-3.
Unfortunately, Virginia was able to control possession the rest of the way and Louisville didn't get another scoring opportunity as the game ended. A good effort and tough loss...
Louisville (4-1) will play Liberty next in Trager @ 1 p.m. Sunday.
I got soaked in the post-game interview with Coach Sowry.
VOLLEYBALL TAKES DOWN THE UTES IN THREE
Volleyball got strong play from Maya McClendon, Janelle Jenkins and Erin Fairs to sweep Utah in straight sets 25-19, 25-16, 25-12 in the Active Ankle Challenge in Cardinal Arena last night.
An 8-0 run gave Louisville the first set. Not a lot of great hitting was on display (or call it outstanding defense) here
in the 25-19 win. The Cards hit just .116 but Utah returned the favor with .000 hitting.
Louisville got a boost from Fairs in game two with two impressive kills to give the Cards a 10-9 lead. They would go on a 15-7 run from there to take a 25-16 win...McClendon with a resounding kill to end it.
After the break, the Cards maintained the momentum and jump out to a 13-8 lead in game three...forcing a Utah timeout. They kept the hammer down and finished with a 12-2 run to end it.
The Volleyball Cards will play two today...against Seton Hall and Ohio.
WOMENS' SOCCER PREVAILS OVER ELEMENTS, UAB IN 1-0 WIN
The Cards dominated this one statistically...jumping to a 12-0 shot advantage and a 5-0 corner kick advantage. Louisville also narrowly missed on two other opportunities to score in the final 45...shots bouncing off the cross bar.
The Cards ended with a 18-2 shot advantage and 11-1 shot on goal edge.
Paige Brown gets her second straight shutout in goal for the Cards. The win boosts UofL's season record to 3-2-1.
The Kickin' Cards head to Ole Miss next for Sunday action in Oxford. They'll kick it off at 1 p.m.
Our CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR returns to the airwaves this week after taking last week off. It's a pre-recorded show today...featuring interviews with Jeff Walz, Justine Sowry, Karen Ferguson Dayes, 2016 WBB commit Jazmine Jones, Anne Kordes, Sydney King and much, much more.
Give it a listen this morning at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 locally and on the Internet at: