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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ACC Accolades for Women's Soccer -- Softball Commits -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Women's Soccer Places Three on All-Atlantic Teams

Louisville women's soccer had three Cardinals announced to the All-Atlantic teams.  Emina Ekic, Gabrielle Vincent, and Brooklynn Rivers were named to the First, Second, and Third teams, respectively.

Ekic, a sophomore from duPont Manual, makes her second appearance in the ACC Awards history book after earning Freshman of the Year last year.  After coming off an ACL injury, Ekic finished 2018 with seven goals and five assists, including five goals in the final six matches.

Vincent earned her first ACC honors.  The senior started at centerback her entire career at UofL and has been one of the pillars for the team the past few seasons.  The Louisville defense recorded seven shutouts this year.  Vincent was a captain the past two years.

Rivers earned her first ACC honors after leading the team in scoring.  The junior scored eight goals and dished out seven assists. Her four game-winning goals were first on the team.

Softball Receives Five Commits for 2019-2020 Season

Five prospective recruits signed their letters of intent yesterday for Louisville softball.  The group
consists mainly of infielders and pitchers.

Lexi Carver is a catcher and infielder from Spencer, IN.  Carver has been one of the top hitters in the state and is also listed in Extra Inning Softball's (EIS) 2019 Elite 100 and Flo Softball's Hot (FSH) 100.

Taja Felder is a pitcher and utility player from Fresno, CA.  Felder is reigning Offensive Player of the Year for Three Rivers Athletic Association (TRAC).

Payton Hudson is a pitcher and utility player from McMinnville, OR.  Hudson is a three-time Greater Valley all-league selection and was Greater Valley Pitcher of the Year in 2017.

Elana Ornelas is an infielder and outfielder from from Oldham County High School in Lagrange, KY.  Ornelas is currently District 29 MVP and recently played in the Kentucky East-West all-star game.

Jenni Servi is an infielder from Monterey CA.  Servi is listed in EIS Topp 200 players.  Servi is also the daughter of former assistant coach Amy ReCouper-Servi.

Brohm Watch

The rest of Louisville sports media is zoned in on "Brohm Watch" This phenomena is a rare occurring state of being transfixed on following a particular entity that might be taking over a 2-10 Football team.  We realize as (mostly) literate, comprehending people, you probably have your own "take" on the phenomena.

We are a women's sports site the vast majority of the time. So, our "take" is not nearly as relevant nor controversial as many of the "experts" out there. We do, however, like to see our reader base happy about things.

 It would appear that the vast majority of you out there would like to see the Louisville Trinity grad bring his family, brothers and Honda Accord home to the "Ville" and start the reclamation project of making a now woeful pigskin program meaningful again. Such a task will take time. After all, the Allied Forces didn't make it back to France a couple of days after the retreat from Dunkirk. It took strategy, planning and rebuilding.

Make it so, then, Vince and Louisville Athletic Board. As Vito Corleone said in the movie THE GODFATHER: "Make him an offer he can't refuse". 

Other News

Congratulations to Chris Mack and the Louisville men's basketball team on defeating No. 9 Michigan
State in overtime last night.  The win secures Louisville's undefeated November record in the KFC Yum! Center. Our apologies to the Indiana and Duke MBB fans who were waiting in agony to see this thriller end so they could watch their tussle on ESPN.  Several women's basketball players were present to cheer the men on after the men had done the same for the women on Monday night.  I'll be back in action and joining Paulie at the women's game Thursday night.

 I mean, who would turn down free dinner?

Donation Month

As we draw near the end of November this is my last article talking about Donation Month 2018.

 Although I do not know the numbers I do know that this year was on the good side of the pendulum. Still time for you to jump in the Couple pool.

Thank you to all who have donated and helped keep Cardinal Couple alive and well.  We appreciate everything you do to help supply us with the resources to bring you the latest and best coverage in all Louisville women's sports.  YOU are Cardinal Couple. WE never forget that.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

- Jared -


  1. Man what a exciting men's game last night. How about Ryan!

    Brohm watch: I gotta agree with what Paulie said on the radio Tuesday. No matter who takes over, they need a great defensive coordinator and the players to buy in.

    Congrats to WSOC ON THE AWARDS and I'm already looking forward to next year. Keep building Karen Ferguson!

    Not a avid follower of softball but I think Aprile is doing some good things and hope she can make the squad into an ACC title contender each year.

    Finally, Paulie, I was talking with a guy shopping last night named Brian and he said he knew you and had worked with you in the past. Said to say "Hi!" so there you go.

    Curtis "Hey, the sun's out!. Time to go to bed" Franklin

    1. Hmmm...I probably know a dozen or so "Brian or Bryan's" from over the years, any event, "Hi!" back to this one and relay that if you ever see him again.

      How is the "life of Brian?"


  2. So, your early take on this team so far,readers and writers? Are they a Final Four squad? What about the personnel losses? How important are the freshmen?

    My take: I can't think of any coaches who look forward to having to face Nite Nite, Carter, Dana, J.J, Sammy, Shook, B.D.

    Jeff Walz develops a particular style for each of his squads depending on their strengths. This year it's speed and shooting.

    BTW, that ACCNE broadcast of the Miami (OH) game never made it down here to Naples. And that daggone David Watson brought your cold Louisville weather back with him. 44 degrees last night. Keep him next time, OK?

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

  3. STILL pissed about not being able to see that game😠😠😠

    As for this season, Final Four is not out of the question, even with the loss of Diop. Considering she didn't really play enough games with her, the early season loss isn't as harsh. Gives minutes to someone else who can take advantage.
    Looks like maybe a seven player rotation, all the vets, with the two freshmen and Duvall fitting in where they can in big games.
    Think Kylee might be the x-factor key to this season. Really like the way she has come along, playing inside more. Dana looks extremely comfortable also, makes her that much more dangerous. Asia, teams are definitely keying on her, but we have capable scorers at the other positions, just a matter of getting them all on the same page, who gets the ball where they are comfortable shooting.
    Have no doubts we'll be another good defensive team, we ALWAYS are. Gotta be to play for Walz. That's where Robinson will shine. Energizer bunny and relentless. Sam is Sam, and Arica is Arica. Solid. Still would like to see a little more from Jaz, coach has challenged her to do more, she's totally capable, imo.
    Lots of good teams out there, I don't think there is any one of about 6 or 7 that are head and shoulders above the rest, us included. Gonna be a fun season 😊


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