Friday, November 6, 2015
Louisville Field Hockey falls to UNC 2-1 in ACC Tournament...Words with Walz...Volleyball tonight! -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
49 SECONDS COSTLY FOR CARDS
For 69:11 for yesterday's ACC Field Hockey Tournament game between #9 Louisville and #3 UNC, the Cards were as good as, if not better than the TarHeels.
Unfortunately...there was a 49 second stretch where the wheels fell off for Louisville and UNC tallied two goals to knock the Stick Cards out of the event in Charlottesville, VA. After thirteen minutes of scoreless play, UNC was awarded a penalty stroke for a Cardinal infringement and Nina Notman faced off against Cardinal goalkeeper Ayeshia McFerran. The shot got by Louisville's freshman and it was 1-0 TarHeels.
UNC got the ball back about 30 seconds later and went straight to the net. EmIly Wold tracked down an errant shot on goal and knocked it past McFerran to give the TarHeels their second score in under a minute.
It was enough. The TarHeels would not score again. They didn't have to.
Louisville got on the board with about eight minutes remaining the the second half when Stephanie Byrne connected and the Cards kept the attack up the rest of the way...but could not score again.
A strong effort by Louisville, where they were able to keep UNC out of their fast-faced tempo and congest the middle of the field...but the Cards must now wait until Sunday to see if they'll be added as an at-large to the NCAA Tournament.
A lot may depend on how the selection committee decides to reward the ACC for being the best conference in Field Hockey. There are 10 automatic bids awarded for winning your conference tournament. Eight teams are added as at large. There are seven teams in the ACC...so six of them will be in competition for those eight spots.
Louisville's chances may have been hurt a bit when #11 Boston College knocked off #6 Wake Forest earlier in the day in a two-overtime 4-3 sudden victory shocker.
The Cards did defeat B.C. in regular season play and yesterday's effort against a team that had previously beat them 5-0 in Chapel Hill showed that the Cards definitely are one of the best 18 teams in the nation.
We'll find out Sunday if the selection committee agrees.
MAN IN THE YELLOW HAT
We got a chance to get down to the Belknap Campus yesterday to interview Louisville head Women's basketball coach Jeff Walz. With Walz, there are always about five things going on simultaneously...so it was a short and concise type of interview...conducted with about ten people in his office but we have some great soundbyte from him for you to hear on our Saturday show...THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR.
-- Why was Walz spotted on the streets wearing a Man In The Yellow Hat costume? (Thank God it wasn't a Mexican sombrero....those are no bueno for UofL employees these days.)
-- What does Walz think the team is doing well these days and what needs work?
-- How does Coach plan on preparing the team for 6'7" Cal freshman Chen Yuh?
-- How can you score a free ticket for the Cal game?
-- How many freshman does Walz plan on using against Cal?
Be sure to join Worldwide in the studio and Paulie via live remote Saturday at 11 a.m. for another stirring radio broadcast on 100.9 FM WCHQ...or on the internet at CrescentHillRadio.com
PANTHERS READY TO POUNCE ON CARDS?
Louisville Volleyball defends the KFC YUM! Center tonight against a dangerous Pitt Panther squad (19-5, 9-3) who has the distinction of being the only team to defeat co-conference leader FSU this season in conference play. A straight set sweep at that.
The Cards will be on the lookout for Pitt stars Amanda Orchard, Kadi Kullerkan, Angela Seman, Jenna Potts, Jenna Jacobson, Kamalani Akeo and Mariah Bell tonight at 7 p.m. and trying to avenge last year's 5 game match win by Pitt.
For Louisville, Aniah Philo, Janelle Jenkins and Erin Fairs have had the hot hands on the front line of attack and Molly Sauer, Katie George, Tess Clark and Maggie DeJong handling passing, digging, setting and blocking duties for the 17-5, 11-1 Cards.
A tough match tonight that has crucial implications in regards to the top of the ACC standings. It'll be on CARDS TV if you can't get there to see it live...and I'll probably be able to talk my esteemed colleague Worldwide into doing the write-up for Saturday's edition of Cardinal Couple.