Field Hockey Takes Win in Exhibition
Louisville took down Miami (OH) in yesterday's midday exhibition with a final regulation score of 6-2. After the regulation period, the teams continued to play an overtime and shootout to get in some practice for future situations. Louisville prevailed in both of those as well, scoring about halfway through the sudden victory period and taking the shootout 3-2. Prior to Louisville running away with the game, the Cards and Redhawks were locked in a battle, reaching ties at 1-1 and 2-2. The half finished at 2-2 with Louisville holding a 10-3 shot advantage. The advantage in possession and scoring opportunities came to a head for Louisville in the second half as they scored 4 unanswered in the second half. Louisville's regulation goals came from all over with Whena Munn, Jillian Shive, Marigrace Ragsdale, Taylor Stone, Minout Mink, and Sydnie Smartwood. Whena Munn added her second goal during the overtime period and Stone and Mink grabbed their second goals during the shootout. Freshman Alli Bitting rounded out the scoring with a goal during the shootout.
Louisville is still without Ayeisha McFerran as she is on international duty, but sophomore goalkeeper Hollyn Barr did well in her place. She gained one save on Miami's 6 total shots. Louisville field hockey will be back in action today when they play their annual alumnae game at 2PM today.
Women's Soccer Holds on in Tight Win
The second half was much less in favor of the Cardinals and they actually wound up losing the half 2-1. Boston University scored their first goal in the 63rd minute when Kelly Park scored on a header from a free kick. Louisville stretched their lead back to 2 after a potentially frustrating sequence for the Terriers. A clearance went awry and bounced off of the leg of the center official directly to a Louisville midfielder who passed it to Allison Whitfield. Whitfield worked around defenders at the top of the box before sending an almost identical ball to Ekic's into the goal. Louisville led 3-1 in the 74th minute. The extended lead was short lived as Boston University's Kiana Ghamarifard scored a rebound shot from a corner kick 14 seconds later. The final 16 minutes were mostly on edge as BU threatened to tie the game and Louisville did their best to hold. Arianna Ferraro was issued the only yellow card in a fairly chippy match and Louisville played the stall game in BU's corner of the field for the final two minutes, much to the dismay of the Boston fans, players, and coaches.
All in all, Louisville came away with a 3-2 victory to open the season 1-0. You can't ask for too much of a better start, and hopefully the adversity will prepare them for future games. Paulie has interviews with Coach K and a player, which you can likely hear on today's radio show.
Volleyball Opens with Red vs Black Scrimmage
Tonight is the first opportunity to see the new Cardinal Arena as the volleyball team opens its doors for the annual Red vs Black scrimmage. Jeff McAdams had a great preview of the volleyball season yesterday so be sure to check that out. The match starts at 6PM and admission is free. Be sure to stop by and check it out if you're interested in all of the new excitement surrounding this year's team.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Today
Because I am out of town and on the wrong time zone, you're probably not reading this until after the CCRH has aired today, but I promise it's going up before air time. The guys are back in the studio with guests hosts as Jared and I will leave our chairs empty this morning. Tune into WCHQ 100.9 FM or the WCHQ app or Crescent Hill Radio website to listen in. The CCRH starts at 11AM and will give you all you need to know over an hour of conversation about the joy and excitement of Louisville Women's Sports. It's great to be back in the midst of the athletic season.
Until next time, Go Cards!