Another Trip Around the Sun
Another year older and wiser. The older part I can certainly believe, but the wiser part seems farfetched. I celebrated an enjoyable 28th birthday yesterday that was capped off by a visit to Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse, a first for me. I won't say no to red meat! The food coma afterwards was a different story.
Sorry, no selfies. I was too busy practicing folk and knife execution.
Jimmy Buffet and Martina McBride sang a little ditty about birthdays. Here it is for you:
Women's Soccer Falls at Florida State
Louisville women's soccer began a three-match road slate by visiting #7 Florida State last night. Unfortunately, for Louisville, it was not a pretty match, with the Seminoles claiming a 5-1 victory.
Just 88 seconds into the match, FSU found the back of the net. The Seminoles were awarded a penalty kick and they would not be denied. 11 minutes later, Florida State would add a second goal.
Louisville would not be shut out thanks to a Maisie Whitsett goal in the 32nd minute. The Cards were awarded a penalty kick with the super-senior chosen to take the kick. Whitsett aimed to her left. The FSU keeper dove the same way, but was too slow to stop Whitsett's rocket, her fourth score this year.
The Cards went into the half down 2-1, but it was all Florida State the second half. Another quick score less than five minutes into the match helped the Noles build a 3-1 cushion. Another Florida State goal eight minutes later extended their lead. Barely a minute after their fourth goal, FSU added a fifth.
Jenna Nighswonger scored twice and assisted on two others for Florida State, who outshot the Cards 17-4.
Louisville falls to 4-2-2 on the year with a 1-1-0 record in the ACC. They return to action on Sunday when they visit #2 Virginia at 2:00 p.m.
Field Hockey Hosts Indiana
A few fall sports are on campus this weekend, but the only women's sport playing at home is Louisville field hockey. #4 Louisville stays at Trager for the second straight weekend and hosts Indiana today at 6:00 p.m. This one will be on ACC Network Extra.
The Cards come into the match with a 7-1 record after falling to North Carolina and whooping Fairfield recently. The loss to UNC did not knock the Cards down in the rankings.
Indiana brings a 6-3 record into the match. They're 0-2 against ranked opponents with losses to Liberty and Iowa. The 6-3 start is similar to the 2021 season, where the Hoosiers had a decent non-conference record before getting chewed apart in conference play to finish 10-10.
IU is fresh off a 2-0 victory against Longwood at home. Sydney Keld logged both scores to give her three goals on the year, a mark that is tied for second on the team with Anna Mozeleski. Jemima Cookson has been their top scorer with six goals and 13 total points.
Indiana has limited opponents to 15 goals this year, much to the credit of keeper Arabella Loveridge. The sophomore keeper has 32 saves for a .681 save percentage while logging every minute in goal this season.
I plan to be in attendance to catch this one.
Volleyball Visits Miami
Riding a hot streak and now up to #2 in the country, Louisville volleyball begins ACC play on the road in the Sunshine State. The first stop on the tour is in Coral Gables, where Miami awaits them.
Miami had a hot start to the year by winning their first six matches. Since then, they've gone 1-4 with losses to UIC, #25 UCF, South Carolina, and #21 Oregon. The Hurricanes went from being just outside the top-25 do dropping way down.
Anglea Grieve has been the go-to outside hitter this year with 126 total kills (3.23 kills/set). Peyman Yardimici and Flormarie Heredia Colon has also been strong on the outside with 113 and 111 kills, respectively. Miami is a strong serving team with 66 aces and four players in the double-digits.
Savannah Vach has been one of the star players as their setter. With 430 total assists, the senior is averaging more than 10 per set. Blocking has been a committee approach for the Canes. Six players have been involved with anywhere from 14-26 blocks and a as a team Miami is out-blocking opponents 96-81
This 7:00 p.m. start time is slated for ACC Network Extra.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!