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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Field Hockey loses heartbreaker to Duke -- Volleyball and WSOC triumphant -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


An exciting but ultimately sad outcome for Louisville Field Hockey in cold and wet Trager Stadium...the Cards falling in a shootout after regulation and two overtime periods failed to produce a score. The match went to a shootout and after that one ended in a tie, another took place. Duke scored one more goal in the shootout and takes the win over Louisville

Defense was the name of the game in this one...after regulation and the two overtimes, the Blue Devils held a 3 to 2 advantage on shots on goal. The Cards were holding firm against Duke all-Americans Margaux Paolino and Rose Tynan but couldn't put anything together offensively. It seemed the Cards spent most of their time on defense in the overtime periods but kept the shut-out intact. 

Onto the shootout. Five players lined up for each squad to try and score, one at a time and one-on-one against the respective goalkeepers. Meghan Schneider and Taylor Stone found success for the Cards but Duke countered with two scores on Ayeshia McFerran and the contest went to a continuation of shoot outs. 

Duke's Erin Scherrer knocked in the winner in the second attempt at shootouts and two hours plus of Field Hockey had come to an end. A challenge earlier led to a video review that took a goal away from the Cards Mercedes Pastor and the officials called for a "re-do". Louisville should have used the "liar, liar, pants on fire" response but the subsequent attempt...the re-do, if you will, was scored by Taylor Stone past Duke goalie Sammie the officiating decision just wasted time.  Reports vary about what the referees saw that cause the re-do, I heard two different I'll go with the time-honored classic..."The refs tried to screw Louisville but it foiled" . 

Duke won it when Steele blocked Bethany Russ's attempt to tie it in the second shootout.

The Cards go to 10-4 on the season and 2-3 in the ACC. Duke remains in second place in the conference standings at 12-3, 4-1. 

I got a brief chance to talk with Duke head coach Pam Bustin after the match (no audio recorded though) who was grateful for the win and commented on how good the Cards were and how Louisville vs. Duke contests are always good ones. The teacher got the pupil this time. 

We caught up with Justine Sowry, too, after the defeat. Here's that clip: 


VIDEO VERSION  (with the complementary CSX visit and Carole Banda walk-thru).

Louisville faces Miami (OH) Sunday on Senior Day. 


Louisville Volleyball goes to 8-0 in the ACC with a three set sweep of Virginia Tech tonight 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 in Cardinal Arena Friday Night.. 

Three Cards reached double figures in the kills department with Megan Sloan leading the way with 12. Both Melanie McHenry and Amanda Green recorded 11 for Louisville. 

McHenry became the 19th member of the Louisville 1,000 point club in the second set of the contest. 

The Cards jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first set after Green powered one from the back row. Louisville increased that to 21-14 and went on to win by eight.

The second set proved more of the same for UofL...Wilma Rivera's service ace had Louisville enjoying an 11-8 lead. That lead increased to 20-15 as the set progressed and the Cards hit .400 in a 25-18 win. 

After the break, the Cards went up 7-4 and led 15-11 after a Molly Sauer service ace. Victory looked well-in-hand after a Piper Roe tip created a 22-16 UofL lead and the Cards went on to take game, set and match with the five-point win. 

The Pitt showdown looms ever closer...just eight days away between the top two in the ACC

Worldwide Jeff will bring a lot mote about this one on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR tomorrow at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM

Dani Busboom Kelly had this to say after the match:


Cardinal women's soccer picked up three points and improved to 11-3, 5-2 with a 2-0 shut out of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Friday night in Winston-Salem. 

Emina Ekic got the party started when beat three defenders and fired a net-finder past Wake's goalie at the 23 minute mark in the the first half. That score held up for the remainder of the first half. Gabby Kouzelos was not tried in the first half, due to the Cards stellar defense. 

Just seven minutes into second half action, the Cards found success again. This time, Gabrielle Vincent sent a long, free kick toward the goal and Callie McKinney "used her head" to knock the ball into the goal. 

The Cards maintained possession for most of the second half...Kouzelos challenged with just two shots and getting two saves in the final 45 minutes and the defense held strong. Louisville had a couple of other scoring opportunities in the second half...including a chance by Delaney Snyder that bounced off the side post and a Maisie Whitsett attempt that just barely went high over the net.

Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes was pleased with the effort and outcome, commenting: 

"Tonight was a great team win against a very talented Wake Forest squad. I'm very proud of our group, they stayed extremely focused and I thought we played well tonight." 

The Cards return to action on Thursday night when they face #11 Duke in Durham, NC. 


We'll be at half-strength Saturday Morning for The CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR...with both Case and Jared out of town, but Worldwide Jeff and I have "been there before" and went with a duo format often... back in the early days of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour.

We'll still bring you the best hour of chat about UofL women's sports around. 

We've got player and coaches clips, plus a review of Volleyball, women's soccer, field hockey and more in store for you. Plus, Paulie bumbles through the upcoming schedule of events for Louisville Athletics.

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  1. FH: Caught the shootout on watch espn app at dinner. My thoughts on the “redo” is that other sports won’t change a call on the field if the video is inconclusive. Petty call in my opinion but it is what it is. Hard fight by the Cards.

    WSoc: great way to get 3 points on the road, helping the Cards continue climbing the ACC standings. I haven’t seen this many wins since I’ve started following UofL WSoc. Congrats to the midfield on leading the offensive charge.

    Vball: what I thought might have been a trap game ended up being a near-breeze victory with the sweep. Congrats to Mel on her 1000th career kill!

    Leaving hotel in Orlando to head back to Tallahassee. Let’s hope for some electricity and AC.

  2. That FH loss was tough but you have to give a lot of love to the UofL effort in stopping a very powerful Duke attack. Let's remember, the ACC is THE CONFERENCE for Field hockey and you playn the best each time out in ACC competition.

    Do well today, FH, on Senior Day against Miami (OH). I wish the weather was cooperating better.

    I will be absent from the comments for a few days. Driving a truck load of supplies to the hard hit in the panhandle. Leaving this morning.

    Curtis "The need of the many out-weigh the needs of the one" Franklin


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