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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

WSOC defeats SEMO 1-0...Men's Soccer and Cats battle tonight -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


This one was as good a defensive battle as you can get for 83 minutes late night in Cape Girardeau, MO last evening. Louisville women's soccer (5-1) denied time after time by a strong RedHawks defensive contingent and the Cards keeping the action right in front of the hime teams' net but unable to convert until  Kennadi Carbin crossed the ball over into the box to find freshman Morgan Dewey with 6:20 left in regulation. Dewey sent a steamer past SEMO goalie Kindra Lirtz into the right corner of the net and that proved to be all the Cards needed for the road win against the OVC foe. 

" I'm super proud of our gutsy performance tonight." Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes commented after the victory. "Southeastern Missouri was very organized and difficult to break down but we kept at it and it eventually paid off. I am so happy for Morgan Dewey. She played in her first collegiate game. She worked hard for her opportunity to get in this game and it certainly paid off for her." 

Louisville controlled the ball to start the contest and continued to do so in the first half. They got off eight shots in the first 45 minutes...compared to just two for the RedHawks...but only one 'on goal'. On several different occasions...just when it like the Cards would have a scoring opportunity...a RedHawks defender would come up with a deflection or stop. The half ended with no score. 

The Cards kept plugging away in the second half. A rough incident about 20 minutes into the final session when Cards sophomore forward Allison Whitfield dropped to her knees...covering her face after a SEMO elbow. No penalty was called, though, and after a brief stoppage of action Whitfield was assisted from the field and play resumed. Three minutes later, the RedHawks had their best opportunity to score but Cards goalie Gabrielle Kouzelos (shall we call her "GK"...since that is the initials for goalkeeper and that's what she does so well) came up with a big save on a SEMO shot on goal attempt. 

Sarah Feola had two tries miss in the 71st and 72nd minutes...the first stopped by Lirtz and the second just barely over the top crossbar. Nine minutes later, though, Dewey broke the ice and gave the Cards the first score of the contest. 

Louisville returns home for their next match...they'll face Purdue on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Lynn Stadium. 

Dare we say it again?  Go. Cards. Beat. Purdue. 


Lynn Stadium will be rocking tonight for you soccer affectionate fans and for boys and girls and children of all ages as the Kentucky Wildcats come to town for a contest. 

The 10th ranked Cards are 3-0 on the season, UK is 3-0 on the something has to give tonight under the Lynn lights, right? 

The Cards have allowed just one goal in 270 minutes of pitch time this season and defender Tim Kubel has tallied two of the game winning scores for Ken Lolla's squad. 

Louisville comes into the contest after a 1-0 win at Georgia State and UK took a 1-0 win over Memphis on Saturday. The Cards did defeat UK in Lynn Stadium in 2015 2-0 but fell to the Cats in 2016 in Lexington. Louisville has won five out of the last seven matchups. 

Soccer is a ticketed event...but good seats remain at the UofL box office from what I'm hearing...and the northern berm features a playground and good viewing opportunities if you want to bring the kiddies. The game is also on the ACC Network Extra feed. 

You never know just who you'll see there. Many of UofL's women's sports student-athletes attend these events. I've been wanting to join Jared Anderson and the rowdy bunch of Louligans by the east end zone and may engage in that tonight. I wonder if they'd let me toot on my vuvuzela during the match or borrow Jared's euphonium? 



  1. Great win for women's soccer last night. I have a hard time watching defensive battles like this online but this was a pretty good win.

  2. We were definitely a rowdy bunch last night. We were glad to have the Ville'ns and Louisville City Coopers join us last night.



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