The Cavaliers took advantage of an early offensive attack. Meghan McCool received a pass off a cross into the box from the far side six minutes into the match and knocked it into the back of the net.
Defensively, Louisville looked strong despite the early goal. Virginia was held to one other shot on goal, which Gabby Kouzelos handled with ease. They were limited to only five shots total.
Even the midfield seemed to hold their own for most of the match. It was a battle for possession in the middle of the pitch between the two teams and Louisville never backed down. Sadly, anything past the midfield was poor.
The offensive front could not get anything going. At times, Louisville looked lost up front and appeared to have no game plan. They struggled to penetrate the box against the Virginia defensive line. Turnovers were common as frustration overcame the Cards. The Cards managed one shot on goal from Taylor Kerwin in a late first half push, but it was to no avail. Passing effectively just wasn't in the cards.
Overall, the match wasn't too bad for Louisville. Virginia (10-2-0, 3-2-0) was held to one goal or less
for the fourth time this season. The Wahoos were averaging a little over 2.6 goals per match going into the night.
Louisville falls to 9-3-0 and 3-2-0 in the ACC after losing their second straight conference match. As in past years this is about the time of the season for a hopeful season falls into another average year. This team plays together better and has more talent than any other women's soccer team to play at Lynn and could potentially break the curse. The Cards host Miami for Senior Day at noon on Sunday.
Still, in retrospect, I have to believe that very few Cardinal fans expected Louisville to be 9-3 at this point of the season. The losses have come to two top 10 teams in college women's soccer and to Purdue, who is 6-3-4. Two of the losses are just by one goal. Two of the losses have been on the road. The Cards have five matches left in the season and two are at home.
Yes, I'm serious!
In the post-game interview, you'll easily notice that the railroad industry makes a cameo appearance several times. They also prevented Case from getting to the stadium earlier than he and Lindsay would have liked.
You'll also hear Coach KFD defend her team's performance, which is what a good coach does in close affairs. Paulie did not address a rumor that surfaced before the game started. An item that we'll wait for official confirmation on. More as it develops.
LINK: Postgame with Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes
Looking Ahead at the Weekend
Friday, October 5
Men's Tennis is split in half with some of the crew at the All-American Championships in Tulsa and the rest in South Bend for the Notre Dame Invitational.
Volleyball hosts Duke at 5:00 p.m., for their first home ACC match of the year. The Cards are
currently 4-0 in the conference and went undefeated at home in conference play last year. Worldwide will be present for this event.
Football hosts Georgia Tech in a Black Out at 7:00 p.m. The slumping Cards will have their hands full against a triple option offense (who do they think they are, Army?). Plan for some rough traffic on your way home from work if you pass through the area.
Saturday, October 6
Rowing hosts their Red and Black Regatta beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will last for two- to- two and a half hours. This is their only home event of the season.
Men's tennis continues both of their events in Tulsa and South Bend.
Men's soccer will also be up in Irish territory for a Top 15 showdown and another big ACC match-up. The Cards hope to remain undefeated in conference play. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7
Women's soccer will help kick off the busiest day of the weekend with their Senior Day at noon. Miami will visit town and the Cards will hope to halt the losing streak. You can catch Paulie and maybe Case at the event.
Field hockey also starts at noon and will host Duke. The Cards are hoping to get their third conference win. The last time these two teams played featured at penalty shootout victory in the ACC Tournament semifinals last year. This is a Pink Out.
Men's tennis continues their split time in Tulsa and South Bend.
Mens's golf heads down to Tennessee for the FAMC Intercollegiate for an all day affair.
Volleyball will host Wake Forest at 1:00 p.m. If all goes well the Cards will be 6-0 in the ACC following this match and will continue to climb the rankings. Worldwide will be present.
Softball will host a double header against Morehead State for their first home event this fall starting at 1:00 p.m. This is an opportune time to go see what Coach Holly Aprile has to offer and a chance to meet her.
This is another jam-packed weekend for Louisville sports and the Cardinal Couple crew. I will attempt to make it to WSoc, FH, VBall, and softball all on Sunday, but four games in about 3-4 hours is a lot easier said than done so we'll see.
Make sure to catch us on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.!
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
MORE PICTURES FROM JARED FROM LAST NIGHT'S WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME BELOW: