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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Women's Soccer Draws; Volleyball and FH in Action -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Score Late to Draw BC 1-1

Louisville WSOC entered last night coming off of their second win of the conference season. They were set to face an opponent that had yet to pick up a point in conference play. And they were doing so with a win being critical to keep their chances of making the ACC tournament alive. Unfortunately, Louisville was unable to take advantage of BC's woes, and the Cards were only able to pick up a draw in the match. While a win would have been much better, Louisville isn't completely out of the hunt just yet. Some other results went their way this week, and Louisville is just one point back of the sixth spot in the tournament, as they've moved to 8 points. Louisville fans will be rooting for Virginia in their cross-state rivalry when the Cavaliers take on the Hokies tomorrow. A Virginia Tech win would move them to 12 points and put them just about out of Louisville's reach.

For all of the talk about Boston College being a doormat in ACC play, Louisville had to fight to pick up a draw in this one. The teams entered the half tied at zero. Both teams had taken five shots with one on frame, earned four corners, and Louisville had committed seven fouls to BC's six. One of those fouls earned Lizzie Sexton a yellow card. The second half saw BC with a fair amount more chances, as the Eagles took six shots to Louisville's two. They put three shots on goal in the second half, netting the first goal in the 56th minute. Louisville was under siege, with BC putting up three shots in five minutes. The first was over the goal, while the second forced a save from Erynn Floyd. The third was a well played ball that beat the defense for the go-ahead goal. 

Louisville fought back, holding possession for the majority of the remaining 35 minutes. The Cards weren't able to do much with that possession, though. They earned a total of five corners in the half, but they were only able to turn those into two shots. They also drew eight fouls out of BC, while committing only four of their own. One of those corners was productive, as Addie Chester's ball in found Lucy Roberts in the box. Roberts knocked it home for her second goal as a Cardinal to pull the Cards level in the 84th minute. BC would attempt to find a later winner, but despite three successive corners, they couldn't get a shot. Their last effort came in the final minute, as a shot went wide of the goal. 

In addition to Roberts' goal, Louisville's other two shots on goal came from Addie Chester and Hayley Howard. Fiona Gai├čer, Emersen Jennings, and Lizzie Sexton took the other shots for the Cards, with Sexton being the only Cardinal to attempt two shots. Last night's game also saw the return of Viktoria Wik, who had been out with an injury for quite a few games. The freshman played 15 minutes in relief. Interestingly, Autumn Weeks didn't appear in this game.

Louisville next heads to Clemson on Thursday night. That game will be available on ACC Network Extra at 7PM. The Tigers are tied for second in the ACC with Pitt and Notre Dame, with all three teams at 5-1-1, trailing FSU by a win. The Cards handed Pittsburgh their only ACC loss of the year (and one of only two overall losses), so never say never about their match Thursday. With Louisville unable to take care of business against BC, they must average at least a point over the last three matches to make the tournament, and they'll probably need more than that. We'll see how the rest of the season shakes out.

Sunday's Matchups

Floyd Street will feature two big matches today that are important for different reasons. 

Louisville field hockey hosts the sixth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. The Cards are coming off their second conference loss of the year and need to bounce back as they head down the stretch. Iowa is 11-2 on the year, even in losses with Louisville and just one win back. Like the Cards, both of their losses came against tough conference foes. Unlike the Cards, both of their losses came at home. Louisville beat both Northwestern and Ohio State this season, and the Cards are 7-0 at Trager Stadium. The Hawkeyes won the last matchup against Louisville within the friendly confines of Trager, though. Louisville will look to extend their series lead to 9-5 at noon on ACCNX.

Volleyball is facing Virginia. While it doesn't sound like a major matchup, Louisville will need to avoid coming down off of a high after their sweep of Pittsburgh in a return to L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. The Cavaliers are just 8-9 this season, and they're a woeful 1-6 in conference, but Louisville gets every team's best shot. After the Cards took care of business against Pitt and GT took down FSU, it's a whole new conference season with all to play for at the top. Louisville can't afford to slip now. The match will get underway at 1PM on ACCNX.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

We were on yesterday, and our shorthanded staff for the show became more shortened when Paulie's internet decided to go kablooey. Jeff and I talked about women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and women's basketball. You know, the works. You can hear it all on this week's episode at the links below.

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Apple Podcasts: Link
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RadioPublic: Link
Spotify: Link

Until next time, Go Cards!

All photos by Jared Anderson

1 comment:

  1. Hello Friends!
    Arthur Here !

    In this ACC women's soccer, why in the blue blazes do they just have six teams qualify for the post season conference tournament? Eight makes a lot more sense. Although I think my Tiger are in, I think your Cards are in a battle to qualify. Surely that has to change when the conference expands, right?

    I am seeing that your Cards are coming down to play us on Thursday. Although Bea doesn't travel much at night anymore, my son might take me and his kids to go watch it. He's got a couple of little soccer players in one of his sons and his daughter.

    Paulie, it was good to chat with you the other night. Hang in there, buddy...I had a couple of stints put in a few years back and I feel much better.

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC


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