Virginia Tech used a late first half goal off a corner kick to score the only goal of the match. Jordan Hemmen found space off the set piece by Emily Gray to knock the shot in and put the Hokies on top.
The Hokies controlled the pace of the game for the full 90 minutes. They used a speedy attack that swarmed to the ball to force the Cards into turnovers galore. Louisville's offense relies on the sidelines to help move the ball up the field before passing into or near the box for a shot. The Hokies hovered near the sidelines to disrupt the Cards.
Louisville outshot Virginia Tech 8-3 although it seems those numbers are flipped after witnessing the game unfold. Virginia Tech's keeper recorded saves on all three of Louisville's shots on goal, with one of them nearly touching the line as the goalkeeper backpedaled near the goal line. Virginia Tech's lone shot on goal went in, leaving Gabby Kouzelos with a goose egg in the saves column.
Emina Ekic had one of Louisville's better chances at scoring on a free kick a few yards outside of the box. Her shot sailed mere inches to the outside of the right post. Taylor Kerwin also had a shot dead center on the goal but a backpedaling goalkeeper kept the ball out of the goal by little more than a hair.
Louisville looked to have an opportunity for the equalizer on what was an obvious handball in the box. A no-call by the official brought fans to their feet in an uproar. However, you can't put the blame of a loss on the officials when Louisville was just outplayed.
Louisville falls to 12-5-0 overall and finishes with a conference mark of 6-4-0. The Cards finish tied for fifth with Clemson. A win, however, would've put Louisville in the top four and in position to host the first round. The Cards will be seeded #6 in the ACC Tournament because of the points differential scored during the regular season. Clemson's was higher, the Tigers get the #5 seed.
The Cards will begin play against #3 Virginia on Sunday in Charlottesville at 1 p.m. Viewing options to be announced later, although we assume it will be ACC Network Extra. Our post-game with Karen Ferguson Dayes is below:
LINK: KAREN FERGUSON DAYES AFTER 1-0 LOSS TO VIRGINIA TECH 10/25/18
FINAL REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE STANDINGS
1) North Carolina
4) Boston College
7) Florida State
8) Virginia Tech
(WSOC photos courtesy of River City Cards. Check out their fine work at:
Friday, October 26
WBB Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon. Noon today, At Downtown Marriott. It is a sold out event
Women's Golf begins the first day of the Alexa Stirling Women's Intercollegiate in Johns Creek, Ga. They've had a great start to the season and are on pace to land back in the NCAA Championships in the spring.
Cross Country will begin the ACC Championships in Boston starting at 10:00 a.m. Maybe they'll catch a World Series game while there.
Men's Soccer will conclude their regular season at No. 1 Wake Forest at 7:00 p.m. The Cards dropped to 17th after a home loss to an unranked Lipscomb last week. Louisville needs a win to be set to host through the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
Volleyball hosts Boston College at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles are in the bottom of the ACC standings. Louisville is hoping to bounce back after a loss at Pittsburgh last weekend.
Saturday, October 27
Women's Golf continues the Alexa Stirling Women's Intercollegiate in the second day of the event.
Football hosts Wake Forest at noon for their homecoming game. ESPN has the Cards favored but the approximate 20,000 fans that will be in attendance will probably think otherwise.
Women's Golf wraps up their three-day event in Georgia.
Men's Golf competes in a one-day event in Kauai, Hawaii in the Princeville Makai Invitational. Anybody up for a mini vacation?
Field Hockey concludes their regular season at Kent State at noon. Louisville needs to get a victory stay in good shape for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Volleyball hosts Syracuse at 1:00. The Orange are 8-2 in the ACC and tied for third. This will be a tough match-up and a must-win.
Men's Basketball hosts Bellarmine at the KFC Yum! Center in a scrimmage at 2:00. This will be the first time fans can see Chris Mack's squad in action.
Women's Soccer will travel to Charlottesville to face the Wahoos in the first round of the ACC Tournament. As mentioned earlier in the article they'll Virginia sometime around 1:00 p.m.
WBB TIPOFF LUNCHEON TODAY
|Bruce and Bill from last year's tipoff luncheon. GO CARDS!|
These events are always fun and gives Sonya and I a chance to mingle with friends and die-hard Cardinal WBB fans. Coach Walz always gives a great preview and the public address duties are always handled with skill and finesse by the inimitable Sean Moth. A good media turnout always accompanies the event, as well.
Good times today downtown. The event is sold out, just in case you were thinking of dropping by for a quick salad.
HEAR JEFF WALZ ADDRESS THE MEDIA BEFORE THE LUNCHEON BELOW:
JEFF WALZ -- PRE-WBB TIPOFF LUNCHEON 10/26/18
There will be no Cardinal Couple Radio Hour tomorrow on WCHQ 100.9 FM or Facebook Live. Paulie will be at the football game, Case is unavailable following his recent marriage, and I will be working and footballing.
We decided not to leave Worldwide alone in the studio since our regular stand-ins Mike Gilpatrick and Daryl Foust will also be at Cardinal Stadium. The daily activities of the Cardinal Couple website will remain the same.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
- Jared -