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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Three wins on Sunday for UofL Women's Athletics


( Louisville pulled off the trifecta Sunday...with Soccer winning 1-0 in Houston, Volleyball winning in three games against the Cougars and Field Hockey downing IU at Trager Stadium. The details are below.)


At first glance of the stats for the Louisville vs. Houston soccer game without knowing the final would think the Cards probably ran up 5 or 6 goals on the hapless Houston Soccer team. Louisville outshot the Coogs 24-8 and had 10 shots on goal...compared to just three by Houston.

Final score? 1-0 Louisville.

Casey Whitfield found the back of the net with 19 minutes remaining in the game to provide Louisville with the only point needed to secure the win.

After a scoreless first half...where Louisville held the opponent to just one shot...while getting 15...Houston goalie Cami Koski had put in the work of three games. It took Louisville 26 minutes of the final period to finally push one over the goal line. With the win, UofL goes to 8-3-1 on the season and 4-0 in the AAC. Houston is 0 for AAC and has one win on the year.

Koski had nine saves in the loss and Cardinal goalie Paige Brown tallied three. Louisville has a four game win streak that they'll put on the line against USF and UCF next weekend in Cardinal Park.



On the other end of the University of Houston campus...Louisville Volleyball got a big performance from senior Randi Ewing in the Cards straight set sweep of UH...25-19, 26-24, 25-16. She had 10 kills on 11 attempts to lead the Cards to a 4-0 start in the AAC.

The Cards trailed Houston after a 5-0 run in the first set 13-10 but battled back to tie at 15-15 and closed out with a 10-4 run to take the first set. Ewing and Maya McClendon had five kills each in game one.

The Cards couldn't pull away from Houston in game two...going through eight ties before UofL prevailed 26-24. McClendon wreaked havoc on the Cougar defensive set...getting seven kills in the second game.

The teams battled back and forth in the early stages of the final game...Louisville holding a 13-11 lead before going on a 10-2 run to lead by ten before winning 25-16.

The Cards also bring in the Florida schools next weekend...USF visits the YUM! Friday night and UCF enters on Sunday afternoon.

UofL is now 8-6 on the season...riding a six-game win streak.


Field Hockey braved the elements again to pick up a 3-0 win over IU Sunday afternoon in Trager Stadium. With the victory, Louisville goes to 10-2...tying their best start since 2001.

The teams actually started this one a half-hour early and played the first half in a steady rain. Elisa Garcia benefited from assists from Mallory Mason and Paige Monson on a penalty corner to go up 1-0 midway through the first stanza. That lead held as the first half ended...the Cards holding a 8-3 shot advantage and 4-1 edge in corners.

Louisville struck early in the final half...Shannon Sloss getting an unassisted goal just 29 seconds into play. The cards finished the scoring with less than four minutes left in the contest when Alyssa Voelmle took advantage of a missed Garcia shot and re-fired safely into the net.

The Cards hit the road next weekend...visiting the team they share the top of the conference honors with...UConn...on Friday night and a non-conference trip to Brown on Sunday.

Coach Sowry's comments on the win below:



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