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Monday, October 5, 2015

Cards hit Sunday trifecta with Volleyball, Field Hockey and Soccer wins -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

The locations ranged from downtown Louisville to Floyd Street to Syracuse, NY...but Louisville women's sports recorded three wins in the space of a frentic 150 minutes on Sunday afternoon. 


The Kickin' Cards get their second 1-0 win of the week and Isabella Habuda got her second game-winner of the week as Louisville capitalized on a 12th minute goal and made it stick to improve to 6-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.

Taylor Bucklin finished with five saves for the Cards. Syracuse had a crazy 8-1 corner kick advantage over Louisville and outshot the Cards 7-6...including a nervous final 16 minutes where the Orange had scoring opportunities in the 74th, 76th, 87th and 89th minutes but Louisville's defense held. 

Karen Ferguson Dayes was happy with what she saw:

"A win on the road is huge in this conference. I'm really proud of this group. It was a great team win today. We will enjoy it the rest of the day and then get ready for our next opponent."

That would be #1 North Carolina, who will visit Lynn Stadium on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match

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About an hour after soccer got started, the action began in Trager Stadium on the UofL campus where a fatigued UofL Field Hockey team was facing Massachusetts. The Cards were returning from a tough match in Durham, NC against Duke in horrible weather conditions on Friday...but held it together to take a 1-0 win over UMass.

Defenses ruled through a scoreless first half and it wasn't until a mere seven minutes remained in the contest that Shannon Sloss found Nicole Woods in front of the UMass goal and got a pass to her that Woods slid past the UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino for the only score of the game. 

Perhaps apropos for Woods to get the game-winner...the sophomore forward is from Beverly, MA....

Louisville goalie Ayeisha McFerran recorded two saves in her fifth shutout of the season. Louisville outshot the Minutewomen 10-6 and had a 9-3 edge in corners.

Justine Sowry challenged the team before the contest: 

"I talked at the very beginning of the game that you have to choose between one of two's either discipline or regret. Today we had to dig in deeper and be a very disciplined unit. We were fatigued, you could tell that, but we stayed together and we were able to get it done. It was not pretty but I'm just really proud of the effort that our team put forward and that we got it done." 

The Stick Cards will try to get it done again on Friday when #2 Syracuse visits Trager Stadium for a 6 p.m. game. 

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Anne Kordes had a chance to use the entire roster in a straight set 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 sweep of the Boston College Eagles in a match that started right about the same time Field Hockey was doing battle on campus. 

Janelle Jenkins and Aniah Philo led a balanced Cardinal scoring attack with 12 kills each and the Cards hit .282 for the match while improving to 4-0 in the ACC and 9-4 overall.

Kordes reflected on the opponent, the team and the future after the contest: 

"I think Boston College is better than they played. There's no doubt about that. I watched them play on Friday Night against a good (Notre Dame) team. We have a big week this week playing on the road. We haven't been on the road in a little while. We use these opportunities to polish what we have been working on and we've got to stay focused." 

Louisville Volleyball heads to Georgia Tech Friday and then Clemson Sunday. 

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