Friday, August 16, 2019
Louisville Soccer Media day -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
WOMEN'S SOCCER READY FOR REPEAT OF NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
The University of Louisville soccer teams held a combined team media day yesterday at the Lynn Stadium soccer complex. Both head coaches addressed the media and fielded question along with selected players.
For our purposes here at CARDINAL COUPLE, we focused on the women's Soccer team. Joining Karen Ferguson Dayes were senior defender and team captain Arianna Ferraro, goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos, forward Brooklynn Rivers and mid-fielder Emina Ekic. Sonya accompanied me to the media day and we both agreed that we learned a lot from Coach's and the student-athletes responses to the media questions.
Some listening points for the linked up interview below:
-- Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes opening remarks.
-- The selection process for team captain
-- The squad's strength in senior leadership
-- The balance between offense and defense
-- Notable freshmen
-- discussion on graduated senior and professional Gabi Vincent
-- Arianna Ferraro on being the team captain
-- Emina Ekic's status
-- Coach Ferguson-Dayes discusses ACC Network
-- the motivation carried forward from last year's NCAA Tournament appearance.
LINK TO AUDIO: WOMEN'S SOCCER MEDIA DAY
I skipped the men's soccer portion of the media day, primarily because I had the opportunity to have an exclusive "breakout" interview with Ekic and Kouzelos after they addresses the main group of media attendees.
That interview was also quite informative and we had a bit of fun with it as well. You can hear the audio to that below:
LINK TO AUDIO: INTERVIEW WITH EMINA EKIC AND GABBY KOUZELOS
I've also attached the video of both the women's and men's Media Day comments. It is long (about 45 minutes) and, unfortunately, you can't hear the questions being asked from the media to the players and coaches: The start also features my expanding "bald spot" on the back of my head. Avert your eyes...
LINK TO VIDEO: https://gocards.com/news/2019/8/15/womens-soccer-hosts-annual-media-day.aspx?path=wsoc
(A special thank you to Louisville women's soccer SID Kim Pemberton for her work on the Soccer Media Day and to Coach Karen, Gabby, Emina, Brooklynn and Arianna for the great comments and observations.)