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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Women's Soccer faces Syracuse in ACC opener -- Cardinal Couple Friday


No one said it would be easy for the UofL women's soccer team this year. A young squad, a new conference and a new facility. The Cards will get their indoctrination to ACC soccer tonight against a dangerous Syracuse opponent. 

There are questions galore about the 2015 Kickin' Cards. What happened at Morehead? Where do the Cards need to improve the most...offense or defense? Can they maintain a high attendance rate at home games? The season is still relatively young. Freshmen grow up very fast...especially when they are playing the caliber of ACC opponents. 

Get out and support Karen Ferguson Dayes' crew. We will have our exclusive interview with KFD and her post-game comments on our Saturday morning radio show. Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m.

 UofL asst. SID Kim Pemberton breaks tonight's match down much better than I can. Her details are below. 

Show up. Go Cards! 

Louisville will host Syracuse in the ACC opener at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium
 on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Louisville enters the match with an overall record of
 3-4-0. The Cardinals are coming off an exciting win against Kent State last Sunday
 at Lynn Stadium. Louisville went into halftime with a two-goal deficit. Adjustments
 were made in the back line and upfront and the Cardinals came out with a 3-2 overtime win.

Freshman reserve Isabella Habuda leads Louisville in scoring with three goals
 for six points. Freshman Chatham DeProspo ranks second on the team with
one goal and one assist for three points. Sophomore keeper Paige Brown leads
 the team in goal with 12 saves and a 1.57 goals against average.

Head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes is in her 15th season with the Cardinals.
 She has guided Louisville to four NCAA Tournament appearances and a
 Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. Ferguson-Dayes has guided Louisville to
 double-digit wins in the last four consecutive seasons.

Syracuse enters the match with an overall record of 3-2-3. Last Sunday,
 freshman Jessica Vigna scored her first career goal and dished out an assist
 to help Syracuse to a 2-2 tie at Drexel. Syracuse finished with 19-13 sho
t advantage while sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Moranz recorded five saves.

Sophomore Stephanie Skilton leads Syracuse in scoring with five goals
 and one assist for 11 points. Freshman Alex Lamontagne ranks second
 on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points
. Moranz leads the team in goal with a 1.02 goals against average so far
 this season. She has also collected 34 saves. As a team, Syracuse is
 averaging 1.88 goals per game and 17 shots per game.

Phil Weddon is in his seventh season as the head coach of Syracuse
women's soccer team. Under Weddon's tutelage, the team holds an overall
 record of 39-57-16. Weddon guided the Orange to its best start in 10 years
 in 2013, which was also the school's inaugural year in the
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Cardinals lead the series 2-0-1. Louisville and Syracuse last met on
 Sept. 21, 2012 at Cardinal Park. The match ended as a 1-1 tie.

The Cardinals will hit the road as they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to
take on No. 7 Florida State on Thursday, Sept. 25. The Seminoles and
 Cardinals will hit the pitch for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Louisville will play its first ACC opener on Friday, Sept. 19 against Syracuse.
 The Cardinals are 9-8-2 in conference openers, since joining Conference USA
 during the 1995 season.

After 14 seasons at Cardinal Park, the Louisville soccer programs officially opens
 its new home in 2014 with the debut of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals played their final official match at Cardinal Park on Nov. 16, 2013
when they hosted Illinois State in a first round match in the NCAA Championship.
Playing host to some of the program's most memorable matches, Cardinal Park
 remains as the home to the Louisville track and field program. Located across
 from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium just south of Cardinal Park on Floyd Street,
 Lynn Stadium is a state-of the-art stadium featuring a capacity of more than
5,300 as well as a 15,500-square-foot training center. The Cardinals' move
 into the highly competitive ACC this season is aided by arguably the nation's
best soccer facility.

Louisville shattered the previous attendance record with 5,100 at the
 Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium debut. The record crowd witnessed
 the Cardinals defeat Ole Miss 1-0 on Aug. 29, 2014. The previous record
 was 2,643 in the Cards' win over Kentucky on Sept. 9, 2010 in Cardinal Park.
 The following weekend the second best crowd in school history
(4,166)packed Lynn Stadium to watch the Cards take on Kentucky.
 So far this season the Cardinals are averaging 3,151 fans a match.
• The Cardinals currently rank fourth in the nation in average attendance this
 season. The Cardinals are averaging 3,151 fans a match. Louisville ranks
 behind South Carolina with 3,761, North Carolina with 3, 466 and Portland
 with 3,169.
• The Cardinals record breaking crowd of 5,100 against Ole Miss ranks as
 the fifth largest crowd to see a women's soccer game this season.

Louisville has 12 freshmen on the roster. It is the biggest freshman
class that Karen Ferguson-Dayes has signed at Louisville. In the
opening weekend five of the 12 freshmen started in both matches.
 So far this season eight freshmen have seen action on the field.


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