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Friday, August 30, 2019

Cards Edge Saint Louis -- Weekend Scheduling -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Take Down Saint Louis

For the second straight match women's soccer shut out their opponent, this time taking down Saint Louis 1-0.  Brooklynn Rivers' goal in the second half was the only difference.

The two teams played through a defensive battle for most of the match.  Despite Louisville's ferocious attack that featured shot after shot and ample opportunities to score the Billikens stood there ground and sent the Cards heading back the other direction empty handed.

The best chance to score was when the Saint Louis goalkeeper found herself on the ground and Arianna Ferraro's shot went high and to the right.  Emina Ekic saw a couple good looks too, but Saint Louis turned her away.

Early in the second half Niamh Nelson sent a ball downfield to Rivers.  Rivers passed the ball to Ekic, who turned around to feed the senior as she dodged the Saint Louis goalkeeper.  It was the second goal of the season for Rivers.

Officially, Saint Louis had two shots on goal, which Gabby Kouzelos managed with ease.  Kouzelos was crucial in disrupting the Billikens' offense and intercepted several passes.  She had plenty of help from an experienced back line in Ferraro, Nelson, Sarah Hernandez, and Ravin Alexander.

Louisville has outscored opponents 6-1 through the first three matches.  Most noticeably, UofL shows signs of extreme aggressiveness and speed.  The Cards have enough scorers that they can shift momentum of any match in a heartbeat.

The 3-0 Cards host Eastern Michigan on Sunday evening for their third straight home match and part of a seven game home stand. This one starts at 7:30 p.m.

EMU traveled to East Lansing last night and dropped a lightning-shortened game to Michigan State last night 2-0. The Eagles head to Louisville with a 1-1-1 record. 

They Said It: 

Postgame with Gabby Kouzelos and Brooklynn Rivers

Postgame with Karen Ferguson Dayes

CSX RAILROAD decided to celebrate the Cards win with a drive-by during the interviews and UPS chimed in, as well, with a fly over. Planes, trains but no emergency vehicles last night. Sorry if the audio is a bit blocked out during these. Only two trains during the actual game...Paulie and I set the over/under at, if you had the "under", head to the window and get paid.

Weekend Scheduling

There's plenty happening on campus over the weekend.  In fact, just go ahead and set up a tent on Floyd Street for a few days.


Field hockey kicks off their regular season against cross-river rival Indiana at 3:00.  Admission is free.  Just be wary of the water cannons at halftime.

Head across the street after that to go watch volleyball kick off their regular season against a ranked Florida team at 7:00.  The Cardinal Classic features several teams so seating inside the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena may be a bit scarce.



Volleyball continues their run in the Cardinal Classic.  The Cards will face their second straight SEC squad in Texas A&M at 7:00.


Field hockey continues their home stint and will square off against Massachusetts at noon.

Volleyball wraps up the Cardinal Classic when they face Dayton at 1:00.

Women's soccer will play their third straight home game at 7:30 against Eastern Michigan.


With the extended holiday weekend UofL sports football also kicks off their season by hosting a Top 10 Notre Dame team at 8:00 pm.  Take your midday nap for this one!

I will be taking the weekend off outside of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour and the football game to enjoy some time with Katy.  Through rescheduled flights and enough flight delays to field an entire soccer team she finally made it in town shortly after 1 a.m...  Stay tuned into Paulie, Worldwide, and Case for all your coverage this weekend.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!



  1. The latest on GT transfers "E" and "Liz"

    Coach Jeff Walz confirmed yesterday that the school has filed paperwork with the NCAA about two the transfers from Georgia Tech waivers for eligiblity this season.

    Walz said U of L filed the paperwork last week for Georgia Tech transfers Elizabeth Balogun and Liz Dixon for eligibility this season.

    Balogun and Dixon were among the players that left Georgia Tech after the firing of coach MaChelle Joseph. Joseph was fired after 16 seasons following an investigation after players said that Joseph was mentally, emotionally and verbally abusive. She has denied the charges.

    Both left GT to join U of L WBB in April.


  2. Thanks for the update on the situation, though the result is still uncertain. WSOC looking good. The way I see it, they could be 7-0 before they face UNC.

    Nick O.

  3. I'm netural on whether Balogun or Dixon play this year or not. We get three years from them, regardless.

    I was talking to "one in the know" and heard that Konno is really putting on a show in the WBB scrimmages. I didn't see it, bot the story is she went 11-11 from three-point range in an extended in-squad scrimmage.


  4. I am interested in hearing your takes on the VB squad last night against Volleyball. 0-3? Sold out crowd?

    Shade me if you want but if you are #25 in the nation, you should, IMHO at least win one on your court against #12.

    Congratulations to WSOC and FH, Maybe this Fall is about the women's outdoor sports and not the indoor ones.

    Curtis "Fall back, March Forward" Franklin


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