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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Soccer wins, Field Hockey falls on Sunday


- Soccer defeats DePaul

-Field Hockey loses in East Lansing to MSU

-Who's seeing who? 

Chalk up a win and a loss for UofL women's sports on the soccer team completed their weekend road trip with a 2-0 win at DePaul and field hockey loses in overtime to #19 Michigan State. We'll also look at some WBB visitors in today's edition of CARDINAL COUPLE. 

Holtz, Corral lead women's soccer to shutout

Louisville scored two first half goals against the DePaul Blue Demons and that was all they needed in a 2-0 win in Chicago against the BIG EAST foe on Sunday.

Courtney Holtz got the Cards on the board early in the contest, taking a feed from Charlyn Corral and finding the net just six minutes into the contest. It was her first goal of the season and the team-leading sixth assist of the year for Corral. 

UofL added an insurance goal in the 31st. minute of action when Corral was fed by Erin Yenney and hit paydirt. It was Corral's first score of the regular season and second assist of the year for Yenney. 

Goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer earned her fourth shutout of the easy day for her with no shots-on-goal for the Blue Demons. 

"We played a much more complete game today and it allowed us to get a difficult win on the road. Our backs were much better and were more involved in our attack, which is why Courtney was able to score our first goal." -- Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. 

The Cards improve to 6-2-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in the BIG EAST. They return home for two this weekend...Syracuse on Friday at 7 p.m. and St. John's on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Michigan State pulls out 2-1 win over Field Hockey

Louisville battled the Spartans gallantly for two periods and a sudden death overtime but MSU's Abby Barker scored her second goal of the afternoon with just five minutes remaining to give Michigan State a 2-1 win in the finals of the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational Sunday on the MSU campus.

Twenty minutes into the first half before either team scored in this match...Barker getting her first score of the day. The teams went into halftime with MSU holding that 1-0 advantage. 

Louisville tied the contest early in the second half when Haley Jurich provided Alyssa Voelme with a feed and she capitalized to tie the match. 

Senior Erin Conrad had five stops in the loss. Louisvlle drops to 5-3 on the year. 

"We had an opportunity to press Michigan State in overtime when we were a player up but we were unable to recognize and take advantage of the situation. We must now shift our focus to special situations and set plays as we prepare ourselves for our opening BIG EAST game on Friday." -- Louisville head coach Justine Sowry. 

The Cards face Georgetown at 6 p.m. in Trager Stadium on Friday. A great double header for Louisville fans on campus. Field Hockey followed by soccer. 

Visitor, visitor

The University of Louisville women's basketball team getting visits in with some pretty powerful 2013 recruits. Emmonie Henderson, Saniya Chong and Mercedes Russell all being courted by Jeff Walz and the UofL coaches, players and staff on campus or home visits. 

Three girls who will make an impact on any program they decide to align with. Three girls who have pared their lists down to include Louisville. 

Angel McCoughtry was also in Louisville on Saturday. No college eligibility left for the Olympian and WNBA star but a 2nd quarter apperance and introduction at the Louisville football game. Wearing her gold medal. 

She may have got the biggest cheer of the day from the 55,000 appreciative Cardinal fans in attendance. 

Think about that...Emmonie, Saniya and Mercedes. Coming back to Louisville after four fruitful years here.

Maybe with solid gold around your neck. Maybe making headlines in the WNBA. Getting love from 55,000 CARDINAL fans and making an apperance on national television. 

Cardinal fans appreciate, honor and love their women's athletes and Cardinal coaches are among the best, if not the best in college athletics. 

The best college sports town in America. Right here. 


  1. Wow. Four program changers. What are the realistic chances UofL can land all four?


    1. Look at it this way. 14 current players on scholarship. 3 seniors. Four spots open for 2013.
      And, other girls besides the four you list are interested. Imani Wright is one I can think of right now. I say that Walz needs three out of the five in order for it to be considered a successful recruiting class. He could get all five, obviously and that would create a delightful dilemma.

    2. You sure? I thought we had 5 spots.

  2. Don't forget Brianna Ruiz who was also on campus with Wright. With official visits and home visits in the works, the early signing period in early November, we will start to see the Class of 2013 falling in to place in the next 6-8 weeks.
    This class(on the whole) has been diligent and has been taking their time and following the process through. Kudos to them for following the process through, though it makes for anxious fans waiting on commitments.

  3. Pretty usre Chong is headed to UCONN. We better hope we get an elite PG to replace Shoni in 2014.

  4. I think we get Henderson & Mercedes for sure. It is always a good sign when you are the last visited school. Henderson would be a role player at best at Tennessee and Mercedes would struggle in their system. If you watched Tennessee last year they had the most insane size advantage on most teams they faced and never threw it to their bigs inside. Warlick has yet to prove herself as a HC and the Lady Vols are going to struggle big time this year.

  5. We have a point in monny so mercedes,imani,henderson,would be prfect,xtra would be alexandria

  6. Each of these women have the opportunity to become impact players for the 2013 team. Primarily depends on how bad they want it and whether they want to go down in history as folks who followed the path others already blazed or whether they want to be know as a trail blazer who lead others to the victories and championships.

  7. I am sorry, but I think Russell will end of at Tennessee. Tennessee has history, tough schedules, and is always in the spotlight. Warlick basically coached the Tennessee team last season. Compare our schedule to Tennessee's this year. We play a lot of cupcake non-conference games, whereas Tennessee play a lot of primetime games that will be nationally telivised. Tennessee also has a young and great recruiting coordinator in Kyra Elzy that I think will be the key to getting Russell to Knoxville. I am clueless about Henderson, but some are saying she is a Purdue lean. You never know in these recruiting battles. We shall see in the next few months.


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