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Thursday, October 1, 2015


Thursday, October 1, 2015


The Louisville women's soccer squad takes a brief break from ACC play this evening with a 7 p.m. start against Morehead State in Lynn Stadium.

For the Cards (4-5-1, 1-2-0) it's a chance to work on a few items that might be beneficial when they return to ACC play and also a revenge game. Louisville traveled to the Morehead campus last year and suffered a surprising 2-0 loss to the Eagles. 

The Cards do lead the series 11-1 and hold a 6-0 record against MSU in home competition.  

Louisville will look for a way to ramp up the scoring output in tonight's contest. Through ten games, the Cards have scored just 10 goals...while averaging 6.3 shots on goal per contest. Casey Whitfield and Alison Price lead the eight Cardinals who have scored this season with two goals each. 

The defense has been solid for UofL...allowing just 11 goals this season and limiting opponents to 5.5 shots on goal per contest.Taylor Bucklin and Paige Brownhave been splitting time in between the pipes...Bucklin defending the net in the Cards latest match...a 1-0 loss to Pitt on Sunday.

Morehead (4-6-1) is led by freshman Dani Wilson and her five goals and four assists this year. Goalie Katilynn Murphy has been solid in front of the net with a 1.59 goals against average stat and a .811 save percentage. 

Tickets on sale at the Lynn Stadium box office. The first 200 fans to enter will receive a UofL seat cushion. 

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For those of you unable to attend UofL WBB home games...there is good news about more on-line chances to watch the Cards.

ESPN has announced that they'll show the home games against California (11/15), Virginia Tech (1/7), Clemson (1/20) and Virginia (2/18) on ESPN3.

This bumps the total to 15 games that will be airing to a national audience for the 2015-16 UofL WBB season. It also means that all of UofL's home games will be available either on TV or on line. 

46 days until the Cal game. 


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kelsi Worrell nominated for USA Swimming Award -- Wednesday Cardinal Coupe

Louisville junior Kelsi Worrell has been nominated for Breakout Performer of the Year as USA Swimming announces the 2015 Golden Goggles Awards, which are presented by the USA Swimming Foundation every year to celebrate the top swimmers and coaches' achievements over the last year.
There are eight categories: Breakout Performer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Perseverance Award, Relay Performance of the Year, Male Performance of the Year, Female Performance of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, and Female Athlete of the Year.
Worrell is up for the 2015 Breakout Performer Of The Year award which is given to the athlete whose performance(s) stand out in relation to other years, with special emphasis given to the 2015 FINA World Championships.
The three nominees for the Breakout Performer of the Year award are Katie Meili, Jordan Wilimovsky, and Kelsi Worrell.  
Worrell's signature race, the 100-butterfly has put her atop

the podium at the NCAA, Pan American Games and Phillips 66 National Championships. Worrell won an NCAA title and set an American record in the 100y fly for the University of Louisville in March, becoming the first woman to break the 50-second mark. In her first international meet at Pan American Games in Toronto, she set a Games record and notched the third-fastest time in the world in 2015 with a 57.24 effort in the 100-meter fly prelims. She went on to win gold in the event and added two relay medals. At the National Championships, Worrell carried her momentum with a victory in the 100m fly at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 13. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot. Beginning later this week USA Swimming will highlight Golden Goggle Awards categories weekly on and across its social media channels in the lead-up to the Nov. 22 event.

 Vote here:

( A special thanks to Nancy Worley for the information on this!) 



Louisville Softball begins fall schedule with (2) wins...Beat the Paulie...Radio Today-- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Sandy Pearsall's Louisville softball squad is getting in a few fall exhibition games before they start their season in the spring of 2016. 

On Sunday, the Cards entertained Bellarmine in "The Battle of Eastern Parkway" and took a double-header against the Knights 8-5, 6-2. Red-shirt sophomoreNicole Pufahl provided the big hit in the first game...her three run homer in the seventh inning proved the distance. In the Cards second win, Pearsall turned freshmen pitchers Kaylea Horn(Richland, KY) and Jordan Hensley (Ashland, KY) loose on the Knights to get the win. 

Cardinal "pitch and hit" fans will remember about half the current roster from last season and there are some big names back to play in Ulmer.

Maryssa Becker would have to top that list of stars back on Floyd Street. The junior pitcher from Oregon was the Cards ace last season and we don't see that changing. Pufahl hit for power at times for UofL last season and should provide the same "boom factor" this year. Senior infielder Brittany Sims is also very capable of parking Spaldings out on Brandeis Street and can cover several infield positions as needed. 

Madi Norman was a very effective pitcher at times for the 2015 Cards and returns to fill that role again. Everyone's favorite "slap" hitter...the speedy Jordan McNary will be a familiar site sprinting down the first base line again for Louisville. Senior 3rd baseman Hailey Smith proved to be a steady performer and the "hot corner" and also provided the Cards with an offensive punch in 2015. 

Tierra Sanabria saw plenty of action at first base for UofL last year and Alison "Mike" Szydlowski handled catching duties with aplomb last year. Add letter-winners Ashley Nikolao, Morgan Meyer, Morgan Hart and Sidney Melton into the mix and Pearsall has a solid nucleus of experience to work with.

The Cards graduated shortstop Whitney Arion, outfielder Kelsi Jones, DH Brittany Duncan and the pride of New Egypt, New Jersey...Kayla Soles. ( Kayla has sent "new pride" the form of her little sister Jamie Soles...who joins the Louisville roster this year).

Names missing from last year's roster are Shelby McCombs, Kristina Dillard, Bridgette Flaherty, Paige Alford, Hannah Tow, Sydney Benz and Autumn McDuffie. Maybe I missed something here...did selected players in the Classes of 2013 and 2014 go on some sort of strike or something? McCombs is at Ohio State now, Flaherty enrolled at Georgia State, Dillard to Maryland and Tow at Missouri. Not sure about Benz, McDuffie or Alford. 

Five freshmen and six transfers also join the roster...and they played significant roles in the double-header sweep of the Knights Sunday. 

All in all, a roster comprised of 12 girls from in-state, three seniors, six juniors, eight sophomores and five freshman. The contingent looks to better last year's 30-19 overall record and 16-7 fourth place ACC finish. The Cards went to the Columbia, MO regional in NCAA Tournament play in 2015. 



The question is...can you? 

Each week, Paulie will try to successfully predict the outcome of four or five UofL women's athletic contests. If you can "beat the Paulie" on his picks...we'll enter you for the chance to win a $25 gift card for Panera or Cracker Barrel (your choice!) . Last week's inaugural run found Paulie going 3-1 and no one could top him.

You can leave your picks in the comments section or send them to via e-mail.

Why not beat Paulie each week and get several entries to win the gift card? Here's the Paulie Picks for week ending Sunday Oct 4th.


1) Louisville vs. Syracuse (Volleyball). I'll go with the Cards here in a tough match. Former UofL coach Yelin returns.

2) Louisville @ DUKE  (Field Hockey) . Taking the Dookies here in another battle of present and past Lou FH skippers.

3) Louisville @ UMASS (Field Hockey). Cards win at Justine Sowry's former head coaching gig. 

4) Louisville  vs. Morehe (Women's Soccer). Cards get revenge in Lynn for last year's loss

5) Louisville @ Syracuse  (Women's Soccer). tough call here but I'll pick Syracuse on their home turf. 




  1. I pick Syracuse women's soccer to defeat Louisville and Duke Field Hockey to win also. The Cards win the other three in Beat The Paulie.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

  2. for Beat the Paulie give me Morehead, both Syracuse games and Louisville wins the other two.

    Nick O


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