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Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's win, lose and draw for Cardinal Women's Sports on Friday -- Saturday Cardinal Couple

A 1-1-1 day for the UofL women's sports program Friday. Field Hockey cancelled the Apps (Appalachian State) 8-1, Women's Soccer played to a 2-2 tie at Kent State and Louisville Volleyball fell in three sets to #8 Illinois 27-25, 25-23 and 26-24 in Champaign. The recaps below:


Louisville Field Hockey used a 27-2 shot advantage to win their first regular season game of the year over the Mountaineers 8-1 at Trager Stadium Friday night.

The Cards wasted no time getting on the board...Lotta Kahlert hitting a shot from the top of the circle just 1:14 into the match. Victoria Stratton found the back of the net on a penalty corner with 12:28 elapsed in the first half. 

The action was centered around the Mountaineers goal for most of the first half. Marigrace Ragsdale tipped a pass from Kahlert pass goalie Cristina Ceppi to make it 3-0.

Tess Hannah converted on another penalty corner for a 4-0 Cardinal edge 24:31 into the action. Two minutes later Elisa Garcia drove one between the pipes and the 5-0 lead took Louisville into the half.

The Cards held a 16-0 shot advantage (or 16-1...we thought App. St. got a shot off late in the first half) after 35 minutes and held a commanding 8-0 corner kick edge. 

Coach Justine Sowry substituted liberally throughout the second half....19 of the 21 Cards on the roster saw action...and Shannon Sloss scored an unassisted goal on a nice dribble-drive and shot to up the ante to 6-0 with 47:07 played. 

Erin McCrudden was the seventh Card to score...putting back a deflection on a penalty corner with 17 minutes to play. The Mountaineers hit the scoreboard when Jordan Van Cleave (a Louisville Ballard graduate) scored on a penalty corner against UofL back-up goalie Elina Pereira. 

The Cards closed out the scoring with four minutes remaining when Stephanie Byrne took a feed from Hailey Netherton and connected from the top of the circle.

Field Hockey will face IU Sunday at 1:30 p.m. In a game at Trager that preceded the Louisville contest, IU defeated Missouri State 5-1

We'll have a full report on the Justine Sowry post-game commentary on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour on WCHQ 100.9 tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.



A hard-fought tie against Kent State Friday in Kent, Ohio in double overtime...the Golden Flashes surviving a Cardinal free kick with 25 seconds remaining in the final overtime. Louisville's Hannah Konermann getting the 18 yard attempt deflected by K.S.U goalie Katie Kingsbury.

The Cards hit the scoreboard first when Casey Whitfield connected 34 minutes into the first half. The Flashes tied a couple of minutes later and the team went into the half tied. 

Victoria Martinis scored three minutes into the final period and the lead held until K.S.U. knotted it up in the 65th minute. 

The Cards held a 22-13 shot advantage in the contest and 9-6 shots-on-goal edge to go 1-1-1 so far this season. 

Louisville will travel to Lexington next for a match against Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 4th. The contest is scheduled for a 6:30 kick. 



Anne Kordes' Wide Net Cards kept it close in all three games against #8 Illinois but lost in three consecutive sets... 27-25, 25-23, 26-24. 

Serving errors plagued the Cards in the contest...consider that the Cards had 12 of them and lost each contest by two points...two of the games going into overtime. 

Erin Fairs was impressive in her Cardinal debut and Molly Sauer had a successful intro to Louisville Volleyball as well

LOU - Leaders
KillsErin Fairs (13), Janelle Jenkins (7), Tess Clark (5)
AcesLyndsay Palmer (1), Gabbie Wiley (1), Ashley Pettibone (1)
BlocksTess Clark (4), Maya McClendon (3), Katie George (2)
AssistsKatie George (30), Molly Sauer (4), Roxanne McVey (3)
DigsKatie George (15), Molly Sauer (11), Erin Fairs (9)

The Cards will face Creighton first today, who knocked off Miami (OH) in earlier action. Louisville will complete the trip against Miami (OH) later today. 


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  1. I think the volleyball scores indicated some pretty good play. I can't imagine last years teams doing that well against the 8th ranked team.

    1. Worldwide will have much more on this on today's radio show...but once Illinois figured out they had to key on Erin Fairs...the Cards had to devise other strategies. Most were successful, except for the serving.


  2. Nice site Cardinal Couple. I was at the Field Hockey game (my daughter plays for App. State) and was very impressed with the facilities and the Cardinal team.

    Also, thanks for the post game chat Paulie and the dining recommendations. We enjoyed the Check's Cafe last night and look forward to The Cottage Inn tonight.

    Best of luck against IU and we'll try to right the ship against Missouri St. Sunday.


    1. Was great meeting you two Ruth and glad you liked Check's. Make sure and try the fried chicken at Cottage Inn. Best of luck against the Bears and remember to bring a wide brimmed hat. You don't want to be sporting that raccoon look...



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