5-0 Cardinal Women's Soccer Faces Purdue Tonight
One of Louisville's favorite "hometown heroes" -- Jeff Brohm -- is the head coach of the Boilermaker football team.
The 5-0 record that Karen Ferguson Dayes and the kickin' Cards have compiled is their best start since 2012. Against Purdue, Louisville faces a squad with a 3-1-1 record that has only fallen to #15 South Carolina, on the road, in their last match.
Purdue is led in scoring by Kylie Hase, a sophomore midfielder/forward out of Orland Park, Illinois. Orland Park is a Chicago suburb. Hase has three goals on the season. Another threat when the Boilermakers have the ball is Sarah Clark, another sophomore, who is listed as a defender and hails from Brighton, Michigan...which is a Detroit suburb.
The Cards lead the all-time series against Purdue 2-1-1 but fell to the Boilermakers last year on Sept. 8th. in Lynn Stadium.
Purdue goalkeeper Katie Luce has been stingy between the pipes, allowing just four goals in five contests. The Boilermakers have scored eight goals so far this season...a season high of three at home against Eastern Michigan to start the season.
On the Cards side, scoring hasn't been much of a problem so far. Louisville has 15 goals on the season...Kentucky holding them to just one in the Louisville win last Friday. Brooklynn Rivers, a junior, leads Louisville in scoring with four goals. The Fort Thomas, KY native has actually scored the Cards last four goals....three against Michigan and the lone goal against Kentucky. Freshman Maisie Whitsett has three goals so far this season and fellow freshman Delaney Snyder has also found net success twice...along with Louisville Manual graduate Emina Ekic.
It's a 7 p.m. start tonight and that's Eastern Time...so clear your schedule and, hey, what the heck...it's rumored you can "do" West Lafayette in three hours outta Louisville (two hours maximum if Daryl Foust is driving)...so, all Cardinal fans are encouraged to make the journey
Tonight's contest is on the BTN2Go Network, which means you have to cough up the credit card to view it. It's rumored, though, if you order BTN2Go...you get free fries and a $1 milk-shake if you choose the drive-thru option.
Other options involve a radio link (are you listening UofL...Purdue broadcasts women's soccer on the radio) which is:
https://portal.stretchinternet.com/purdue/ or you can check out live stats at:
Go. Cards. Beat. Purdue.
THE GO. CARDS. BEAT. PURDUE. CHANT EXPLAINED
It was December 10th., 1985 and the Louisville men's basketball team was playing Iona in Freedom Hall. Three days earlier, Louisville had knocked off Purdue University at the same venue and the Cards were having an easy time with the Gaels.
A popular cheer, which is still around in several of the UofL sporting events involves the cheerleaders rushing to half-court or mid-field armed with four poster-boards. They raise the first one to the crowd behind the benches and it says "GO". The crowd is encouraged to respond by shouting "Go!" Next, the end zone to the right of the benches -- the non-student end zone. They see the poster board reading "CARDS" and hopefully respond by shouting "Cards!"
This continues to the fans sitting across from the benches..."BEAT" is the option and the litany continues to the student-section end zone...where the opponent's name is on the poster-board.
On Dec 10th., though, the cheerleaders forgot to replace the "Purdue" placard from three nights earlier with a "Iona" placard. So, during a time-out, the cheerleaders started the cheer but the students were seeing PURDUE instead of IONA on the placard. They responded to what they saw. "PURDUE" was shouted.
This had to confuse the rest of the 16,000 plus in Freedom Hall. It probably confused the Gaels, who were in their time-out huddle. I was at the game, way up in section 334, and nudged by a buddy, who was laughing. His response was classic:
"I don't think reading is a part of the requirement to be a cheerleader."
Or, words to that effect. After all, it was almost 35 years ago. (No offense intended to the current group of cheerleaders, who have won 18 National Cheer-leading Association Championships and are led by James Speed, Misty Hodges and Todd Sharp).
|"They think we're Purdue!"|
Louisville defeated Duke (not Purdue) for the 1986 NCAA Championship...Denny Crum's second title at Louisville. I did not get to Reunion Arena in Dallas for that Final Four, so I don't know if the chant made its way to Texas or not but it was part of the wild celebration on the UofL campus that night after the game...I vaguely remember we started it on campus that night outside the fraternity complex. Allegedly.
Pressure from the administration (gee, UofL has never seen that, right?) on the student-groups led to them eventually dropping the "Purdue" insistence. The cheer still surfaces from time-to-time, though...including when Cards WBB hosted Purdue early in the 2015-16 season.
We probably won't hear the cheer tonight at the away soccer game, nor at Volleyball's visit to West Lafayette for the Purdue Invitational this weekend...but, now you know the story behind the legend.
Go. Cards. Beat. Purdue.