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Saturday, September 7, 2013


It was a busy day for Louisville women's athletics on Friday...Volleyball, Field Hockey and Women's Soccer all in action! Hey, two out of three ain't Volleyball and Field Hockey recorded wins. We'd also like to remind you that CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO SHOW will be broadcast today at 11 a.m. on CRESCENT HILL RADIO. GIve us a listen, won't you?

Now, to the recaps. A special thanks to the SID staff for the recaps on all three events. Softball has also announced a fall exhibition schedule and we've got information on that as well in today's rather long but informative readings.

If you're headed to Louisville Football today, stop by and say Hi! to Paulie and Sonja, who will be in and around the 80 Under 80 building at the corner of Boxley and Floyd Or out in the lot tailgating. Or chasing chimps out of the kitchen. We never really know. That's what makes it fun...


Randi Ewing
Sep 6, 2013Emily Juhl and Janelle Jenkins each had 13 kills to lead the No. 17-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-11 sweep of host North Dakota State in the first match of the Fargo Doublewood Inn Classic."We got thrown for a bit of a loop early one with the heat in the gym," said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. " I thought we did a good job of composing ourselves and powered through it. Our middles were steady and that really opened up the outside hitters because their blockers could not ignore the middle."U of L (2-1) hit a season-high .370 with Maya McClendon joining Juhl and Jenkins in double digit kills. Caitlin Welch had a match-high 18 digs and Randi Ewing had two blocks and eight kills.

Randi Ewing
NDSU, 0-4, was led by Emily Miron's 13 kills. Hannah Kvitle had a pair of aces and 27 assists."I thought Hannah Kvitle had a great night from the service line," said Kordes. "NDSU is a scrappy hard-playing team and I expect a very successful year for them in their league."U of L got off to a sluggish start in the sweltering, un-air conditioned gym and had to call an early timeout trailing 8-4. The Cards finally tied at 13 but NDSU took the lead back until a kill by Janelle Jenkins tied the score at 23. Emily Juhl had a point from an off-speed changeup for set point and then Welch scored the winning point on an overpass that fell for a kill. U of L hit .256 to the Bison's .143 but neither team registered a block.

An 8-1 run in the second set put U of L up 14-8 and then held off a persistent Bison team. Hitting .351 helped the Cards keep the momentum. Maya McClendon had seven kills in the set with Juhl adding five.U of L used .571 hitting in the third set and added a 10-1 run late for the 25-11 win in the third.U of L plays Northern Iowa at 10 a.m. CT back in the Buntsen Bunker in Fargo.



Women's Soccer Falls 2-0 to Kentucky

Sep 6, 2013 Final Stats LEXINGTON, KY -- The University of Louisville women's soccer team fell to Kentucky 2-0 on Friday evening at the UK Soccer Stadium. Louisville falls to 1-2-1 on the season while UK improves to 3-1-1. "I thought that we played really well in the first 25 minutes," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "We had some chances but just couldn't put one away. I think they took some of our rhythm away in the last 20 minutes of the first half. I thought the difference in the game was Stuart Pope, I thought she was exceptional in the midfield. She got that half chance and was able to score it. We had similar chances but couldn't finish them. I am proud of the way we played, I thought it was a good soccer game. I thought it was a high level game for the state to see. We just need to keep pushing forward and put together more significant minutes ultimately win games."

The Cardinals were able to hold the majority of possession in the first half. Senior Charlyn Corral had a shot on goal in the first minute but UK keeper Kayla King made the save. Corral had another shot blocked in the box during the eighth minute. Senior Christine Exeter took a corner kick and headed the ball, but the keeper collected it for the save in the 10th minute. Coral had another shot go just wide in the 18th minute. UK had its best shot of the half when Caitlin Landis shot the ball just inside the box but Cardinal keeper Paige Brown made the save. In the 36th minute Kari Weinland had a chance as well but was collected by the keeper. UK had a series of corner kicks in the 37th minute, but were unable to finish. In the final minute of the first period, UK also had a shot go just wide. Corral had a chance early in the first minute of the second period but the keeper was able to deflect the ball out. In the 51st minute the Wildcats' Stuart Pope sent a shot into the top right of the net off a cross from Courtney Raetzman to put UK up 1-0.

Kentucky continued to put pressure on the Cardinal defense in the second half. Brown made a diving save in the 56th minute. She also made saves in the 64th and 67th minute. In the 77th minute Corral had a free kick on the far left side of the field, she bent it into the left corner of the goal, but the keeper punched it out. Louisville then had three straight possessions, two corners and a throw in, but couldn't connect. In the 80th minute Exeter took a header just inside the penalty box but the UK keeper grabbed the shot. Exeter got free inside the box for a shot, but it was blocked by a Kentucky defender. The Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick in the 84th minute and Arin Gilliand took the shot and Brown got a hand on it, but was unable to stop it, giving UK a 2-0 lead. Exeter had a header that was knocked out of the goal by a UK defender in the 87th minute of play. Louisville finished the game with a 13-11 shot advantage. Both teams had seven corner kicks in the game. Brown finished with four saves while King also had four saves. The Cardinals will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Miami (OH) for a 1:00 p.m. match

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Shannon Sloss scored two goals while fellow freshman Jennifer
Pels had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Louisville to a 4-1 win over William & Mary in the Cards’ home opener Friday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
“We are always excited to play at home,” said head coach Justine Sowry. “William & Mary was a really tough opponent and we certainly learned a lot of lessons from today’s game. We’ve started to combine really well now. Our connections are working, which is fabulous and we got a lot of opportunities and I think everyone is contributing in that sense.”
The Cardinals (2-1) jumped to an early lead when they were awarded a penalty corner. Junior Mallory Mason inserted the ball and junior Paige Monsen provided the stop for Voelme who registered her second goal of the season.
William & Mary (2-1) answered less than two minutes later on a penalty corner of their own. Taylor Hodge delivered a shot into the cage with assists from Pippen Saunders and Chaney Manganello to even the score at 1-1.
Louisville pulled back ahead at the 23:01 mark when freshman Hailey Netherton dribbled down the end line to the right side of the cage and dished a pass to Pels who connected on her second career goal to make the score 2-1.
The Cards took the 2-1 lead into halftime after outshooting the Tribe 7-4 and holding a 5-2 advantage in corners.
The start of the second half featured a midfield battle before Sloss broke through with her first goal of the game. Pels sent the ball in from the right side of the field into the circle where Sloss slammed a shot past Tribe goalkeeper Cate Johnson to give the Cards an insurance goal in the 43rd minute of play.
Four minutes later, Pels and Sloss combined again with Pels delivering a feed from outside the circle to Sloss who was posted in front of Johnson to notch her team-best third goal of the season for the 4-1 final.
The Cards finished the game with a 10-8 lead in shots and a 6-5 edge in corners. Louisville sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King recorded five saves in the game while William &Mary starting goalkeeper Meredith Savage had four stops in 58:11 minutes in the cage.
“From a defensive standpoint, we can definitely get better,” said Sowry. “We were learning lessons from William & Mary, they were a really good opponent. They were made it difficult for us, they defend well, they reverse pressure well and they stayed in the contest well. Those are all things we want to do, so we can take a lot of lessons from this but overall I’m happy to get a win like this against a really well-coached unit – and we move on.”
Louisville freshmen have now scored six of the Cards eight goals this season.
Louisville is back in action Sunday when Ohio University visits Trager Stadium for a 1 p.m. matchup.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head softball coach Sandy Pearsall has released the 2013 fall schedule. The Cardinals will play six games over two weekends – all games will be played at Bellarmine University due to construction on the Ulmer Stadium expansion.

The Cards will open the fall season on Sept. 28 when they face host Bellarmine at 11 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. UofL will play Bellarmine again on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. and Tennessee State at 1 p.m.

The Cardinals are back in action the following Saturday when they face Ball State on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. UofL will wrap up fall play on Oct. 6 against Wallace State at 1 p.m.

Louisville finished the 2013 season with a 47-13 overall record after earning its tenth consecutive NCAA appearance and being selected the overall No. 15 seed for the second straight year. The Cardinals were No. 19 in the final Softball Collegiate poll and No. 23 in the final USA Today/NFCA coaches' poll.

The Cardinals return eight letterwinners from that team, including 2013 All-America selection Katie Keller, All-BIG EAST team members: Whitney Arion, Caralisa Connell, Hannah Kiyohara, Rachel LeCoq and Maggie Ruckenbrod; and 2012 All-American selection Taner Fowler.




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