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Friday, September 6, 2019

Ekic's Goal Lifts Cards -- Weekend Scheduling -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Ekic's Goal Lifts Cards

Emina Ekic is a star, no doubt about it.  She once again proved why her name is on the All-American list as her penalty kick goal in the second half was the difference in a defensive battle against Indiana.  The Cards won the Battle of the Border 1-0.

Indiana came out attacking early on in hopes to put Louisville into a defensive game plan and keep the Cards from pressing.  It worked for a good 15 minutes before Louisville was able to break through and take control of the half, owning possession the rest of the match. The Cards had a 61% to 39% possession edge in the first half and that number held true for the second half also.


The first half saw little offensive action as the teams ping-ponged for a while.  Once Louisville seemed to have control of the ball they struggled in the final quadrant of the field as the Hoosiers played a lock down defense.  The Cards finished with three shots with none on goal in the first half.

Louisville put the pressure on early in the second half but the IU goalkeeper stood strong.  The officials called a pretty tight game with the minor fouls getting whistles.  It eventually led to the Cards being awarded a PK in the 77th minute.  Ekic made quick work of it and buried it in the right side of the net for the game winner.


Louisville finished with nine shots on the night with Ekic recording seven of them.  She also finished with all three shots on goal.  When asked about her goal she just responded the she had 29 players relying on her but did not feel any pressure.

On the defensive side, Louisville limited IU's shots.  They had one in the first half and two in the second.  Both shots on target were saved by Gabby Kouzelos, who earned her fourth straight clean sheet.  Louisville has not surrendered a goal at Lynn Stadium this season.

They said it: 

Emina Ekic Postgame

Coach KFD Postgame


Weekend Scheduling


Friday

Volleyball has a pair of home games.  They'll take on Tennessee Tech at 12:30 pm and in-state rival Western Kentucky at 7:30 pm.  Classes are in session during the day so plan for possible parking troubles.  WKU always puts up a good fight and this has the potential for a sold out crowd.

Saturday

Softball begins their fall schedule with a double header against EKU at 12:30 p.m..  Admission is free and there are no marketing promos like free peanuts, but this will be a good chance to see the new team for the first time. Start your tailgating early with a trip to Ulmer to cheer on Holly Aprille's squad.

Right across the street from Softball's Ulmer Stadium, Volleyball has a regular season game at 3:30 p.m..  They'll face Arizona State as they wrap up the Fleur de Lis tournament. Plenty of time to catch the #24 Cards in what looks to be a very tough task against a strong Pac 12 squad.

Heading south on Floyd Street, Louisville has their second football game of the season.  Scott Satterfield has a good chance to earn his first victory as head coach at 7:00 against EKU. Let's hope that entering Cardinal Stadium will be easier this week for the fans and that "Security Theatre" takes it down a notch. .


Sunday

It's a quiet day on campus- no home games for any teams for the first time in 11 days.  Field hockey will still be in action, though, as they travel up north for a game against Michigan State at 11:00 am.  Make note of the early start time.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

Jared


1 comment:

  1. 5-0 for WSOC now. Even without Brooklynn Rivers, who is the heart and soul of this squad, Louisville grinded out a defensive struggle with Ekic's penalty kick. I would watch IU in Big 10 play. No disgrace in losing to us, UNC and Murray St...who is picked to win their conference.

    Paulie

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