Women's Soccer Falls at Purdue
Maisie Whitsett scored her fourth goal of the season, tying Brooklynn Rivers for most on the team, early into the first half. The freshman took a pass from Nadege L'Esperance and sent it to the upper left corner of the goal. Louisville went into the locker room at halftime with the 1-0 lead.
About 20 minutes into the second half Purdue evened the score. The Boilermakers took full advantage of a corner kick when Kylie Hase headed the ball past keeper Gabby Kouzelos for her fourth goal of the season. Nine minutes later, Ena Sabanagic took a shot from 18 yards out to take the lead.
Louisville had 15 minutes left to try and tie the game, but failed to do so. Of their 13 shots seven were on goal, but only one made its way in. Purdue took seven shots with two on goal. Both of those were scores, leaving Kouzelos with no saves on the match.
It is rough losing a game in the second half after leading at the midway point. The offense seemed to not have that burst of energy that we saw earlier in the year and the defense had a few miscues. When ACC play begins it might be wise to pull the back line of defenders towards the goal to help Kouzelos out. The ACC has some of the best teams in the country and they will gladly take a chance with a break on the pitch.
Although the GO. CARDS. BEAT. PURDUE. mantra was unsuccessful last night, the Cards are off to a great start in the 2018 campaign and had several chances last night to tie the contest late. Here's hoping they'll resume the prolific scoring we saw earlier in the season against an EKU team that joins Louisville in a win over Kentucky by the same 1-0 score their last time out.
In case you're interested, here's how the Boilermakers saw the win:
Field hockey is the first home team to play this weekend. #11 Louisville hosts #2 North Carolina today at 5:00 p.m., at Trager Stadium. I will roll in late from work to join my colleagues in the press box. They will then face an unranked California team on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The UNC game is the big one and I encourage all who are able to attend the FREE event. ACC play will be huge in RPI boosts when it comes to the selection for the NCAA Tournament.
Men's soccer is back in action Sunday at 2:00 p.m. After a shocking 3-0 defeat in Lexington on Tuesday they look to turn things around when they face #2 Duke. The Cards are 2-1 following their recent loss. Their match against St. Louis was cancelled due to weather.
The next few days will provide plenty to do up and down Floyd Street including some big matches against #2 teams in multiple sports. I will be out watching four out of the five (two games conflict at the same time Sunday) as well as other members of Cardinal Couple being present at select events. We hope to see you there!
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Today is National Beer Lovers Day, so why not come out to Trager Stadium and enjoy a hops beverage while watching a quality Field Hockey conference match up? It's also National Neither Snow or Rain Day. That motto of the U.S.P.S. mail carriers looks to be in jeopardy today, with the forecast, but there's no reason why you can't take your favorite Postal employee to Trager Stadium, hunker down in the bleachers and have a cold one while wearing your rain gear!
It's also one day before The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. Although I won't be in the studio with the rest of the knuckleheads, you can depend on Paulie, Case and Worldwide Jeff to bring you the best discussion and debate about Louisville athletics. Join them at 11 a.m.Saturday on WCHQ 100.9 FM, via Facebook Live, at the WCHQ app. or listen live at the website: www.wchqfm.com You'll be glad you did!
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
- Jared -