Women's Soccer Shuts Out Notre Dame
The two conference foes, who currently play every other year, have had a history of close matches. In 2016, the Irish won in double overtime at Lynn Stadium. In 2014, Notre Dame claimed a 1-0 victory in South Bend. Back tracking to 2011, the Cards defeated Notre Dame twice- 1-0 in South Bend and 2-1 in the Big East Tournament semifinals.
The Cards had a few opportunities to score in the first half and should have had a one- or two-goal lead, but the shots sailed over the crossbar. If they were kicking field goals things would have been going great.
In the 60th minute, Mollie Rouse passed off to Allison Whitfield, who set Rivers from just outside the box. Whitfield's ball crossed the box to the far side where Rivers had a height advantage over the defender to head the ball in. The goal was the sixth of the season for the junior.
Whitsett added to the lead 18 minutes later. Emina Ekic passed off to her right after drawing two
defenders her way. Whitsett was there patiently waiting and had an angle, sending the ball in for her eighth goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos had her hands full with a Notre Dame offense that was desperately trying to get onto the board Kouzelos had Sports Center worthy saves, fighting to preserve the shutout. She was credited with five saves on the night, but mixing her way into the defense a lot more than that. Niamh Nelson helped Kouzelos out on one in the first half. Kouzelous knocked the ball down on one of her saves but bounced toward a Notre Dame player. Nelson slid in to kick it away and earn a save for herself.
In the post-game interviews, we got a golf cart drive-by during the Rivers interview and a train offered its congratulations at the end of the Karen Ferguson Dayes clip.
Video Interview with Brooklynn Rivers
POST GAME KAREN FERGUSON DAYES AFTER NOTRE DAME
A Look into the Weekend
--Friday, Sept 21
Field Hockey visits Wake Forest. The Cards claimed a victory at Trager last year in shootout fashion and the Demon Deacons are looking for revenge. Wake Forest heads into the match 3-4 and unranked, but the ACC is too dominant of a conference to base things just off the record.
Volleyball visits NC State. The Wolfpack has a similar record to the Cards, but could prove to be trouble in Raleigh if Louisville doesn't pick up the pace. However, this is about where the Cards sat going into conference play last year so don't count them out.
Men's Soccer hosts Pittsburgh. On paper the Cards should win, but it depends if they play like they did versus Kentucky or if they play like they did versus Duke.
--Saturday, Sept 22
Softball hosts an inter-squad scrimmage in preparation for their upcoming fall schedule.
Football visits Virginia. This Cardinals team just looks bad and things could get ugly on the road
even against a lesser ACC team.
Women's Golf goes into the second day of the Mason Rudolph Championship.
--Sunday, Sept 23
Women's Golf wraps up play in Tennessee with hopes of another high finish.
Field Hockey visits Appalachian State. They're 4-4 and barely breaking top 50 in the rpi. On paper this should be an easy victory for UofL. Never underestimate an opponent or you will regret it.
Volleyball visits North Carolina. The Tar Heels are struggling this year, but they've owned the series against Louisville lately. The Cards got the late season 3-2 thriller at home last year but had lost four straight since joining the ACC before that.
There's not much happening on Floyd Street this weekend other than Lynn Stadium's busy weekend of Thursday, Friday, and Sunday so your best bet to catch any of the Cardinal Couple crew is the Sunday match.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
Get your weekend off to a rousing start by checking out the clip below of Groucho Marx and crew singing the praises of Lydia the Tatooted Lady.
Be warned, that song WILL stick in your head if you're not careful...the antics are hilarious as well. They don't write 'em like that anymore.
LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
- Jared -