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Field Hockey Tournament Play
It's hard to believe we're already into post-season play for fall sports, but here we are, and already the results are positive.
Louisville attacked aggressively in the 2nd half, and found the goal in the 2nd minute. Marisa Marin Pelegrina inbounded the ball from a corner, and then corralled the rebound from Katie Walsh's shot to get the goal. This was Pelegrina's 5th goal to equalize the game at 1-1. Another corner 4 minutes later gave Louisville their first lead at the 41:25 mark. Credit the assist to Taylor Stone, and the goal to Madison Walsh on the corner play.
Syracuse equalized less than 2 minutes later, and then the scoring went quiet. For 25 minutes, the teams battled back and forth, though Louisville mostly kept the upper hand in attacking, getting of 4 shots to the 'Cuse's 1.
In the last minutes of the game, though, senior Nicole Wood fired a nice pass over to Marigrace Ragsdale who was able dodge defenders, dribble into the circle and fire the shot home for the 3-2 lead with 2:07 left to play. An ensuing timeout and Syracuse pulled their Goalkeeper to bring more attacking firepower onto the field. The Cards were able to run the clock out, however to advance with the 3-2 win over Syracuse to the 2nd round of the ACC tournament.
That game will be today at around 2:30pm (again, earlier games could delay this). They will be matching wits with Duke, again, as they beat Boston College with a similar 3-2 score. On the other side of the bracket North Carolina also put a 3-2 win up over Wake Forest. They advance to play Virginia. UVA got into the 2nd round by defeating that perpetual doormat of a team, Bye.
Play starts today at noon with the Virginia vs UNC game. My guess is they won't need the water cannons during halftime and in between games with this soggy day.
Sunday sees Volleyball in Durham to match up with the Blue Devils. This one is a more typical 1pm start, and ACC Network Extra is listed.
In the 3-way tie at the top of the ACC that UofL is a part of with Pitt and NC State, Pitt will be tangling with Miami at 7pm, perhaps worthy of a view on ACC Network Extra as there is a very good chance that Miami could knock Pitt out of the tie. NC State also starts at 7 on ACC Network Extra. NC State should have an easier time of it, but they are playing in the Carrier Dome, so don't count out Leonid Yelin's team, yet.
Conference and National Attention Getters
While the Women's Soccer season at UofL is essentially over, Emina Ekic was named ACC Co-Freshman of the year. That's quite an honor for a player on a middle-of-the-pack team, and harkens well for next year.
Also, yesterday, Asia Durr was one of 6 players to head up to ESPN for Women's Basketball National Media Day. Again, quite an honor, and I'm sure a lot of fun for the Junior.
Congratulations to these Cardinals, representing the school and city so well.