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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WSOC and Field Hockey end regular season travelling -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Hard to believe, but we've seen the end of Field Hockey at Trager Stadium this season and Women's Soccer will spend time on the road before ending their season at Lynn on Oct 28th. 


The #10 ranked and 11-3 UofL Field Hockey squad completed the home part of their regular season at Trager on Sunday with an overtime 3-2 win over non-conference foe Miami (OH). The Cards take to the highway for their final three of the slate...making stops in Syracuse, Albany (NY) and at Kent State to close out the 2018 slate. 

Syracuse and the Cards face off on Thursday, Friday October 19th. Otto the Orange's squad is 8-5 on the season and currently ranked at #9 in the nation. The 'Cuse fell to Wake Forest 4-1 on Sunday...surrendering four straight goals after grabbing a 1-0 lead at Kentner Stadium on the WFU campus.  

After that, the Flock travels about two hours east on I-90 Sunday, Oct. 21st to face the Albany Great Danes. Albany is ranked #23 in the nation and has been whipping up on northeastern schools as of late...knocking off Vermont and New Hampshire in their last two. They are 10-3 on the season. Head Albany Field Hockey coach Phil Sykes (no relation to me that I know of) picked up his 200th. career win versus New Hampshire. 

The Louisville "stick girls" end the regular season on the Kent State campus to face a 5-10 Golden Flashes squad. KSU dropped a 4-0 decision to Ohio State last time out. 

The Cards are currently in third place in the conference standings with a 3-3 record against other ACC schools. UNC tops the league at 6-0 and Duke holds second with a 4-1 mark. The TarHeels have clinched the regular season crown already and the #1 seed in the ACC women's soccer tournament that starts on their campus beginning November 1st. 


The Kickin' Cards return to the pitch on the road Thursday night after a 1-0 win over Syracuse on Sunday in Lynn Stadium on Senior Day. Louisville isn't ranked in the top 25, as of last week, and we'll see if the two-game, shutout win streak that UofL is on can boost them into the top 25. The poll comes out later today. 

First stop for WSOC is at Duke against an #11 ranked Blue Devils squad that downed Clemson in their last with a 3-2 margin. The Cards and Duke engaged in a two-overtime thriller last year in Lynn Stadium with the Durham school emerging the victor. Duke is 11-2-2 this year. 

I reviewed this poignant and wide-ranged interview with I did with Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes after the heart-breaker against Duke last year and you can see/hear it at the link below: 


After Duke, the soccer squad travels to Raleigh, NC to take on Ms .Wuf's pack -- North Carolina St. on Sunday. The 'Pack played FSU to a 1-1 tie on Sunday and is 9-4-3 on the season. It's Senior Day for NC State WSOC on Sunday, so...the Cards will be facing an emotional and fired up Wolfpack crew. NC State is un-ranked but is #15 in the RPI listings and getting votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. 

Karen Ferguson Dayes' kickers return home to end the season against Virginia Tech on Thursday, Oct 25th. The Hokies/Gobblers of Blacksburg are 7-5-3 this season and fell to #3 in the nation North Carolina last time out 2-0. 

In the ACC race for the top spot, North Carolina tops the conference with 21 points. Boston College is tied with Duke at 16 points and the Cards are tied with Virginia at 15 points.  

Good showings so far for both the Louisville Women's Soccer and Field Hockey squads and they enter a very crucial part of the season now that will help determine where they start in conference tournaments and whether they'll get NCAA Tournament bids or not. 

We'll update you here at "The Couple" on viewing options on these as they become available. For now, we know that the Thursday 7 p.m. match against Duke for WSOC will be shown on the ACC Network Extra.  The Friday 7 p.m. Cards vs. Syracuse face off is also scheduled to be on ACC Network Extra also. 


A new conditioning technique? An event designed to further the "mad scientists" coaching strategy? 

No and no. It was UofL WBB's annual golf scramble at the Cardinal Course at Covered Bridge yesterday. 

Honestly, I had no clue it was taking place. I might have...probably would have ambled out to take a few pictures and commandeer a cart or two if we had known. (Maybe that's why we were kept in the dark about the event...and have been for the previous five years /outings).

Conspiracy theory? Nah, they know where the money is and it isn't with this non-profit. 
Would we have covered it? Yeah, sure...if we'd known about it. 

Then again, the prospect of seeing Sam Fuehring walking out of the woods with a stick in her hands just might have caused me to hide in the clubhouse. 

Cold morning for "gripping and ripping" it, for sure. A fund-raiser, for sure and we don't have any money to send WBB way. Hope it went well, haven't seen any results.



  1. Hoping for the best for both these sports. Golf? That's a good walk wasted by having to look for a little white object every 5-10 minutes, in my opinion.

    I tried the golf once, on vacation, years ago. Played with my brother-in-law, who is pretty good at it. Used his "old" clubs and shared a cart for nine holes. He decided I needed my own cart after that for the final nine.

    The beer was cold and scenery beautiful, as I recall. Never had the desire to return to the links. We let more people "play through" that drivers let cars merge on the Watterson during rush hour, if I remember right. Spent a lot of time searching the woods and rough for my shots.

    Nick O

  2. Winning out the rest of the season for field hockey would guarantee a spot in the Big Dance for field hockey no matter how they do in the ACC Tournament.

    Women’s soccer is on a roll and another win will just add to their resume. 64 teams make the NCAA Tournament for women’s soccer so another win or two would for sure put them in.

    Ran into Coach Walz for a brief moment this morning but didn’t get a chance to talk to him about how the golf scramble went. He was in a good mood and energized.

    1. Hopefully no one was injured when you ran into him

    2. Walz is a tough guy and can manage a few bumps and bruises lol

  3. Tough task ahead for women's soccer. Though the AP poll hasn't yet been released, Louisville is "also considered" by TopDrawer, as is NC State. Duke is 9th in those rankings, and the Florida State team that NC State just drew is number 18.

  4. Hey, ho! Dave O here!

    Tough tests indeed for the women's soccer and field hockey squads at UofL. Road wins are always tough to gain and, in women's soccer's case, that's a brutal way to end the season.

    Golf scrambles like the UofL one are primarily designed for the high dollar donor that plays golf. I participated in a few back at Notre Dame and didn't really get much out of them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that UofL's golf scramble is that way, I didn't play in it either, just a generality.

    As far as Kakala leaving Louisville, one has to go back and wonder what went wrong? She came in highly touted and then stuck on a red-shirt early in her career. What were the injuries? I never really heard much about any of those.

    The "Dave O." thinking on this is as follows:

    Her talent level and learning curve on the court didn't develop as much as the staff wanted it to. It's not like football, where a coach can "float a few players" for several years that aren't measuring up because of the massive scholarships available. From the brief glimpses I saw of her, weight was still an issue, she wasn't fast and probably had no future developing into a Tearia McCowan type.

    Players know better than us. They realize how they stack up and what their future looks like. In Kakala's case, she probably saw Shook and Dunham in front of her, Fuehring also, for at least this year, and Lockhart returning next year. The WBB Cards have been going after and having some success in getting "bigs" interested in the program in recent recruiting. Or, maybe she was just homesick and needed a cjange of venue closer to her family.

    Sometimes, you have to read the writing on the gym wall and make the call.

    I do hope she finds what she is looking for closer to home and with a program that possibly provides more opportunity and potential playing time. Was she over-ranked as an All-American? That's ultimately hard to say and All-Americans in high school often don't reach those abilities at the next level.

    The bottom line, as Paulie and others have mentioned, is whether a player is happy in a situation and is there somewhere else where they might be happier. We see it all the time in women's college basketball, as well in other women's sports.

    Remember that highly touted class of high school seniors that North Carolina brought in a few years back? How many of them finished their career at UNC?

    Things change. Players change. Coaches and squads adapt. It's all part of the process. I can't recall how many times my daughter, in her early collegiate years, called home in anger, in tears and depressed about where she was, how the coaches were treating her and thinking that she wanted to make a change and go elsewhere when she played DI Field Hockey. Ultimately, things changed for her, she stayed the course and was glad she did.

    Each player and each situation are different. Things and situations can and do change. Life continues.

    Dave O.

    1. Ah, the heraled 2013 UNC class....Steph Mavunga ended up as a Buckeye. Diamond DeShields a Vol, Allisha Gray a Gamecock and Jessica Washington remains at Kansas, where she sat out 2017-18 with a knee injury.

      A lot of this transition probably evolved around "the scandal" The departures came at a tumultuous time for the UNC women’s basketball program, which was staring at possible significant NCAA sanctions resulting from the paper class scheme.

      The NCAA enforcement staff alleged that Jan Boxill knowingly provided women’s basketball players with impermissible academic assistance and extra benefits during her tenure as the team’s academic counselor.

      That's the way the ball bounces. Hatchell remains as head coach. Hey, she's got Paris Key, right? Steph Watts has probably recovered from her knee injury.


    2. dont forget destinee walker back too after knee injury last year the heels are a sleeper team in acc

    3. That's a great philosophy and breakdown on things, Dave. Players come, players go. A fan base and support stays solid because of traditions and the people at the top.

      WBB has that.

      The five things that can destroy a program (or about any thing) are doubt, division, denial, defection and disillusionment. I don't see any of that at UofL WBB.

      Blue Lou


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