BUSY DAY ON FLOYD STREET RESULTS IN THREE WINS
If today is the men's football program's day to shine on Floyd Street, Sunday belonged to the UofL women's sports squads.
Three events, three different locales and three wins ! (Wait, did I just here Sean Moth yell "Threeee!" in the background?). Anyway, to the recaps...
We'll start the recap and analysis over at Trager Stadium, where the Cards Field Hockey flock avoids the water cannons and began the day's action against UMass at noon.
LOUISVILLE FH 1 - UMASS 0
Senior Carter Ayars delivered her first goal of the season and her career with 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a penalty stroke in the fourth quarter to give the Stick Girls the lead and the lead held against a resilient UMASS squad.
She talks about that score and the team below:
Carter AYARS on the 1-0 win
A defensive battle, yes...but Louisville had a 11-4 advantage on shots and 6-0 edge on penalty corners. In all probability, the should have been a 3-0 or 4-0 win, but credit UMass goalkeeper Megan Davies for excellent net work. She had five saves.
In an attempt to even the score, the Minutewomen pulled their goalkeeper with about five minutes to play to add another attack player. Sometimes, this can backfire and allow a goal. In this case, though, Louisville simply played "keep-away" with the ball from the UMASS attack and neither team mounted a serious attack or managed a shot in the final five.
We caught up with Coach Sowry after the contest and she shared her thoughts on the win:
COACH SOWRY DISCUSSES WIN OVER UMASS
Hollyn Barr saw all 60 in goalkeep for the Cards and a rather interesting occurrence happened in the second half when UMass head coach Barb Weinberg left the sidelines and walked to the other side of the field to view the action from the east side bleachers. The change in viewing tactics failed, though, as the Cards go to 2-0 and next face Kent State in Trager on Wednesday.
LET'S ALL GO TO THE CREDIT UNION BUILDING!
Next stop on the Sunday tour of Floyd Street took fans northward to the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena for Louisville Volleyball. The Serve and Kill Cards were facing Dayton in a 1 p.m. contest and things went quite well for Coach Dani Busboom Kelly's leapers.
Louisville won the match in straight sets 25-17, 25-14, 25-19...led by by eight kills each from Melanie McHenry, Claire Chaussee and Aiko Jones.
The Cards were never seriously challenged in the first set, jumping out to an early 8-1 lead, seeing Dayton cut that back to 17-11 but pulling away to hold a commanding 23-12 edge late in the set.
Impressive that the Cards had four aces in the first. Chaussee led the attack with four kills.
|Red-shirt freshman phenom Aiko Jones|
Game three looked like it might lead to a fourth game, with Dayton in control late at 18-14. Louisville regrouped after a timeout, though, and went on an impressive 11-1 run to seal the deal and end the match.
UofL had an impressive 10 blocks against the Flyers and redshirt freshman Aiko Jones was named to the All-Tournament team.
Coach Busboom Kelly rarely does post-game interviews, so we have no post-game remarks for you.
Louisville (2-1) hosts the Fleur de Lis tournament next week and will start it off on Friday, Sept. 6th against Tenn. Tech at 12:30 p.m.
THE DAY ENDS AT LYNN (HOMETOWN GALS DO GOOD)!
A southward saunter to the home of Louisville Soccer, majestic Lynn Stadium for the final of the three events. The Kickin' Cards hosted Eastern Michigan for a 7:30 p.m. tussle on the turf...and it turned out quite well for Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes' squad with a 5-0 whitewash of the Eagles.
Emina Ekic (from Louisville Manual High School) got things off to a good start by delivering the Cards first two goals. A line drive from the front of the box from her in the 17th. minute and a tally on a penalty kick in the 37th minutes had the Cards well-in-command as the fist half ended. Louisville had a 13-1 edge in shot.
Here's post-game epic Ekic with her thoughts. Note that Cardinal Couple's Case Hoskins (from Butler High School) was conducting the interview, as Paulie was at a Labor Day function (that wasn't at Manual or Butler). Good interview here, and he managed not to antagonize her. (That would come later in the interview process)
JARED'S LINK ( a BIT BETTER quality): Jared's LINK
UofL continued to pile on the pain in the final 45 minutes. Redshirt freshman, Louisville Sacred Heart grad Cassie Amshoff scored her first collegiate goal 19 minutes into the action on a nice feed from Taylor Kerwin
The Louisville High School players = GOAL equation continued 11 minutes later when Jolene Ballard (Louisville Manual) found net success to increase the Cardinal advantage to 4-0. Jessica De Filippo (Quebec, Canada) also got her first career goal with seven minutes left in the contest to set the final at 5-0.
In the contest, the Cards took an obscenely high 27 shots and limited the Eagles to just two shots on goal on UofL goalie Gabby Kouzelos.
In the post game chat/video between Case and Coach KFD, we had no trains, planes, sirens or noisy golf carts..but we got the complimentary S.I.D . on-camera walk-thru and some noisy boys in Cards shirt. "Queso" also managed to ask a question that had Coach in full disagreement with her response. You just gotta love it...
Cards are now 4-0 and bring in the Hoosiers Sept 5th for a Thursday 7:30 p.m. tilt.
LINK: KAREN FERGUSON DAYES POSTGAME
JARED'S LINK JARED'S LINK
HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY!
Labor Day evolved as a public holiday of festivities and picnics held in honor (or "honour" if you're in Canada) of working people in the USA and the "Great White North".
And all these years, I thought it was a step in the process of childbirth....
Traditionally held on the first Monday of September, the Canadians refer to it as "Labour Day".
Enjoy and if you're headed to UofL Football tonight, in the words of the late, great John Belushi:
"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily." (Not bourbon, though...WATER).
STAY HYDRATED IN THE HEAT. HEATSTROKE IS NO JOKE. DEHYDRATION IS NO FUN.
If you're contemplating "the other" form of drinking:
Just make sure you have a sober driver to get you home and you are of legal age...and that alcohol dehydrates, not re-hydrates...