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Friday, October 20, 2017

WSOC battles to a tie against Wake Forest -- The weekend ahead -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


( If you were expecting Worldwide Jeff's Friday column...sorry to report that he was called in for an emergency meeting at work this morning . Ol' Paulie steps up to the plate today and takes his stance in the batter's box...) 

110 minutes of soccer is a long, grueling affair. Especially when neither team produces a goal. Such was the case Thursday night at Lynn Stadium...where the UofL women's soccer team and #15 Wake Forest battled to a scoreless tie in double overtime. 

Louisville had and excellent change to claim this one with three minutes remaining in the contest. In 30 seconds...Emina Ekic fired a shot that hit the crossbar. Allison Whitfield claimed the rebound and kicked a steamer that was deflected by a WFU defender.  Finally, Alison Price gathered the block and sent one toward the cage...but just a tad too high and over the net. 

Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes on the contest: 

"I wouldn't use the word "frustrated" but I think we deserved to win tonight. We created enough chances. The game turned, which I thought was in our favor and I though it was more in our favor through the overtimes. I'm going back to watch the replay. I want to see if Ekic's shot crossed the line." 

At the start of the second half, Ekic and Price both had chances to put UofL on the scoreboard but could not find net success. In the 85th. minute of action, Brooklyn Rivers saw her attempt hit the crossbar and bounce away from the goal. So close, yet no score.

Louisville had nine shots on goal. Wake Forest four. Cardinal goalie Gabby Kouzelos turned all four Wake attempts away. Credit to Deacs net-guarder Lindsay Preston with eight saves. Attacker Bayley Feist was a constant thorn in the Cards side with half of her teams eight shots. 

There were also a total of 12 offsides called in the contest. The most I've ever seen in a college soccer That I can remember. What did they do...hire college football reps to call this one? It was almost comical. 

The Cards go to 9-6-1 with the draw. They currently sit in eighth place in the conference standings with ten points and a 3-4-1 ACC record. 

Next up...the Cards travel to North Carolina to end the regular season against North Carolina on Sunday and North Carolina State for a Thursday match. If they qualify, they'd participate in ACC Women's Soccer Tournament action beginning November 3rd. 

Below: Post game interviews with Coach KFD and Gabby the Goalie. Edited by UofL SID department. We'll play the unaltered version on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR Saturday. They're a lot more entertaining at the end than these below.



(We get a train and Kim walk thru! )




Plenty of activities to follow this weekend on campus and on the road. Here's Friday and Saturday events and be sure to listen to the radio show tomorrow for upcoming action for the week ahead...flawlessly related by Worldwide from the command module! 


Volleyball -- at Miami
Swimming --  at Michigan
Men's Tennis in the Ohio Valley regional 


Men's Soccer -- vs. NC State  7 p.m. Lynn Stadium (ACC Network Extra)
Women's Golf --  CARDINAL CUP
Men's Tennis -- still in the Ohio Valley Regional
Rowing -- at The Head of the Charles invitational (Boston, MA) 
Football -- at Florida State Noon  ESPN
Field Hockey --  Virginia Noon Trager Stadium (ACC Network Extra)

Have a great weekend and we'll see you on the radio tomorrow!



  1. A draw when a win was possible is frustrating. Regardless of what Coach says. And it's frustrating not because anything was done wrong by her, but because you have to score when you put shots on goal. Hitting the frame is not something you can coach out, it's an execution issue. Louisville has just been a bit unlucky in that regard this season. Hopefully they can clean up the shots with the remainder of this season or as they mature. It's clear that this team is talented, and will be in the future, so hopefully they can get something out of this window of opportunity.

  2. I will agree with Case. A tie-breaker is needed and I like the shootout idea. I sat through 10 years of watching my daughter play soccer at every level but college and pros and know I must have seen two dozen at least ties. It does nothing for either team.

  3. Yes. Speaking of ties...I ran into a guy last night who is in agreement. True story. His daughter was on a travelling youth league team and won one game all year, had nine times and no losses.




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