Playing in their third game in five games, Louisville field hockey took down Indiana 1-0 in the Battle of the Border. Julie Kouijzer's goal midway through the fourth quarter was all the Cards needed to come away with the win.
After struggling with penalty corners in their last few games, Louisville was able to capitalize on their fifth of the game. Emilia Kaczmarcyzk's shot was rejected, but Kouijzer followed with a rebound shot into an open goal for her second goal this season. UofL finished 1-for-5 on the day.
Merlijn van der Vegt saw her first true action in regulation for the first time in this three-game stretch. The Cards limited Wake Forest and Central Michigan to no corners and no shots on goal. The Hoosiers had one corner, arguably their best scoring opportunity of the game. IU got a clean look from the top of the circle on the corner, but a diving van der Vegt sent the ball away. She recorded three goals on the game.
Louisville outshot Indiana 10-5 with a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Cards also cleaned up their touch fouls, getting called for no fouls and no green cards.
The win moves Louisville to 11-1 on the season, extending their best start in program history. #5 Louisville returns to action later this week when they visit #2 Duke on Friday.
Mia Duchars Earns ACC Honors
For the second straight week, Mia Duchars was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week. The recognition did not include Louisville's game against Indiana yesterday.
Duchars played a major role in Louisville allowing no corners and no shots on goal over the weekend against Wake Forest and Central Michigan. The Cards registered back-to-back shutouts and have shut out five straight opponents.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!