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Monday, October 26, 2015

Field Hockey, WSOC record shutouts on Sunday -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Sunday women's sports for UofL produced two shutouts...the Field Hockey team downing the Chippewas from Central Michigan 3-0 and Women's Soccer taking to the road to get a 1-0 blanking of North Carolina State. 

DEFENSE RULES THE DAY IN TRAGER

The Cards couldn't have been too anxious about 1-15 Central Michigan coming for a Sunday visit...but the guests gave Louisville a tough battle in the first half of this non-conference contest...keeping Louisville off the board in a scoreless first half.

Not that the Cards didn't have a wealth of opportunities to put numbers in place of zeros on the scoreboard....Louisville outshot CMU 13-0 and had a 8-1 edge on corners in the first 35 minutes...but the Chippewa defense was holding.


Whatever Coach Justine Sowry said or stratagized during the break had an effect. Louisville scored just five minutes into final half action when Tess Hannah took a Chile Garcia inbounds on a penalty corner and the freshman connected to give UofL a 1-0 lead. 

Louisville kept the offense pressure up and it paid off again with 18 minutes remaining in play. Another penalty corner that had Hannah providing the inbounds set to sophomore Nicole Woods...who placed her seventh goal of the year into the net to put Louisville up by two.


The UofL defense continued to stymie the visitors. Louisville added a third score with 2:07 left on another penalty corner...Erin McCrudden knocking home a feed from Garcia. 

UofL (11-5) had 26 shots in the contest, compared to CMU's two. Goalie Ayeisha McFerran gets her eight shutout of the season while recording two saves. The Cards had 21 corner opportunities...the Chippewas two. 

Next up is Spartie...Michigan State comes to town for a Friday, Oct 30th. match that'll begin at 1 p.m.

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KICKIN' CARDS SHUT OUT THE WOLFPACK

Faced with the prospect of being on the road, being mathematically eliminated from the ACC Tournament and needing two wins to end the season to keep any NCAA Tournament hopes alive...Louisville women's soccer responded with a 1-0 win over North Carolina State Sunday in Raleigh, NC. 

Freshman Jill Vetere provided the lone score in the ACC contest...following up on a Rachel Avant shot attempt and sending in into the net from about 20 yards out in the 26th. minute of the first half. 


Louisville kept the offensive pressure up to start the second half and had several shot attempts go wide...the defense kept NC State at bay the final 45 minutes and the Cards take a hard-fought win on the road to improve to 8-7-2 and 4-4-1 in the ACC. 

Taylor Bucklin picked up five saves in the match and gets her fifth shutout of the season. The Cards won the statistics battle with 12 shots to NC State's 10 and a 4-2 corner kick advantage. 

Karen Ferguson-Dayes squad finishes the regular season on Halloween night in Winston-Salem, NC for a 7 p.m. match against Wake Forest. Louisville is in eighth place in the ACC...which is considered the strongest conference in women's soccer...and a win against cellar-dweller Wake Forest might be the difference between getting an NCAA at-large bid or ending their season. 

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GOLF TIED FOR FOURTH AFTER DAY ONE


The University of Louisville women's golf team is tied for fourth in the standings after the first day of competition at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C.


The Cardinals compiled a 2-over-par 290 through 18 holes of play despite a slow start on the front nine and trail the overall leader Campbell by four strokes. All teams return to the Turtle Point Golf Course for the second round today at 8:30 a.m. ET, teeing off on hole No. 1.


Seniors Laura Restrepo and Katie Mitchell carried Louisville on Sunday, and both are tied for 11th on the individual leaderboard after carding a 1-under-par 71. Both finished their first nine holes at 1-under-par and capped the day with three birdies apiece. It is Restrepo's third round even or below par this year and the fourth for Mitchell.


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3 comments:

  1. Just to add closure to the 2016 WBB recruiting, I saw on ESPN that Lauren Cox committed to Baylor yesterday. She chose the Fighting Mulkeys over UConn, Tennessee and Notre Dame (Cards were her fifth team but stopped recruiting her after the Ciera Johnson commitment). Accepted wisdom on ESPN and other message boards is that she was never going to leave the state of Texas - Baylor is two-hour drive from her home.

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  2. Linnae Harper leaving Kentucky program. We have a shot at beating KY this year. Still not betting on it.

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  3. We'll be at Media Day for Louisville WBB Tuesday and will have a full report on the sights and sounds of CARDS WBB

    Paulie

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