Thursday, October 8, 2015
LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S SOCCER UPSETS #1 NORTH CAROLINA 2-1 IN OVERTIME --FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
SHOCKING THE NCAA IN WOMEN'S SPORTS...IT'S WHAT THEY DO AT UOFL
Louisville Women's Soccer recorded the biggest win in program history Thursday night with a 2-1 overtime win over #1 ranked and previously unbeaten UNC in front of 1800 screaming fans in Lynn Stadium.
An improbable but thrilling end to the overtime session when Louisville was awarded a free kick with 45 seconds to go in the extra session. Hannah Konermann coolly surveyed the situation from about 30 yards out while the clock ran, sent a precise kick into a crowded mass of players in front of the UNC goal and Hannah Harris got the ball to Caroline Kimble...who placed a header past outstretched UNC goalie Lindsey Harris for the game-ender with nine ticks left on the clock.
Then pandemonium took over the Lynn Stadium turf as the Cardinals flocked to a wild victory celebration in front of the net where the contest was decided.
Cards WBB over Baylor. Louisville Field Hockey over UNC and Duke. Add Louisville Women's Soccer to the list of big-time upsets accomplished by these Louisville ladies...
" I just had to keep pushing through. I was getting tired but I knew we could do it and we kept pushing and we did it." - Caroline Kimble
The Cards battled UNC for almost 35 minutes in the first half before the TarHeels connected off a cross inside the box to take a 1-0 lead. The first half ended that way...a half where UNC outshot the Cards 16-4 and seemed to be on the offensive attack the entire 45 minutes.
" I didn't do anything (at halftime). I didn't have to day anything to them that they didn't already believe. It starts with the belief. I told them that any given team could win on any given day...so why couldn't it be us today?"
- Karen Ferguson Dayes
The Cards evened the score just 3 1/2 minutes into second half play when Konermann found Gabrielle Vincent on a free kick and despite numerous UNC attempts to score...the Cardinal defense held firm and regulation ended at 1-1.
Some things defy description. Seeing this hard-working, never-say-quit squad take the shots, the bumps, the no-calls and the pressure...and then burst onto the field in joyous celebrations is a sight this old reporter won't forget for a very long time. I'm not sure words can fully capture it.
Another entry into the Louisville women's sports journal of knocking off #1. The beating of Baylor in WBB. Field Hockey wins over Duke and North Carolina last year. Belief. It runs strong on the Belknap Campus and within the student-athletes that don the colors and perform the miracles.
The Paulie 5% success rate of predicting games is safe. I had teased Coach KFD on Tuesday about picking against them at Syracuse. They, of course, won. After some gentle chiding from her...I told her I'd have to pick against Louisville again on Thursday night to assure the Cards would win.
And it was the first thing she pointed out to me when she came bounding over to the reporters after the win. The rainbow appeared, Coach Karen. You said it would.
Glad to oblige...Kickin' Cards. I won't pick you to win another match this year.
Hear Paulie's post-game interviews with Karen Ferguson-Dayes, Caroline Kimble and goalie Taylor Bucklin at the link below:
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM COACH AND PLAYERS
Watch the winning goal by Caroline Kimble at the link below:
KIMBLE SCORES THE WINNING GOAL
FIELD HOCKEY VS #1 SYRACUSE TONIGHT
Louisville Field Hockey will try and duplicate the knocking off of a #1 ranked team when Syracuse visits Trager Stadium tonight for a 6 p.m. game.
The Cards (7-4, 0-4) will be looking for their first ACC win of the season and might be dealing with the elements if the forecast for today produces the rain and cooler temperatures being predicted.
Admission is free at Trager. Come out and support the team!
VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO CONTINUE THE WINS
The wide-net Cards take to the road for their next two...starting tonight in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.
The Cards are on a 4 game win streak and undefeated in ACC play so far. Anne Kordes has found success with the revolving front line quartet of Erin Fairs, Aniah Philo, Janelle Jenkins and Maya McClendon.
Add in freshman libero Molly Sauer and everyone's favorite setter Katie George and the Cards look to be formidable force in the ACC.
Louisville will travel to Clemson for a Sunday match after they dissect the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech tonight.