Cards Top Trees, Beat Stanford 3-0
Thanks to a scoring by committee affair, #5 Louisville field hockey topped #16 Stanford 3-0. The win was the sixth shutout of the season for the Cards.
Mercedes "Meche" Pastor scored her seventh goal of the season in the second quarter. Accompanied by fancy stick-work, Pastor flipped her stick around to send her shot into the top of the cage.
Erica Cooper was the final score of the game on a goal in the final quarter. A Louisville penalty corner was deflected and Cooper was in position to take an open shot.
Hollyn Barr played the full 60 minutes in goal and recorded two saves. Her day was pretty quiet thanks to a stellar defense that shut down Corinne Zanolli, the nation's leading scorer. Zanolli came into the game with 21 goals in 14 games and was limited to one shot on goal.
The Cards basically stuck Carter Ayars (who deserves ACC Defensive Player of the Week) on Zanolli and she responded like a magnet to metal.
UofL improves to 11-2 on the year. They wrap up their six-game home stand with a Saturday noon game against Longwood and Sunday 1:00 game against Iowa.
Without the ailing Paulie on hand to get the scenario from Coach Sowry and a player or two, here's a brief clip UofL did of Justine discussing the victory.
LINK: JUSTINE SOWRY DISCUSSES UOFL WIN OVER STANFORD
Volleyball Travels to Notre Dame
Louisville and Notre Dame have identical records- 13-3 on the year and 6-0 in conference play. The only other team perfect in the ACC is a Pitt team that's 17-1 overall.
The Irish fell early on in the Purcell Pavilion to Wright State and then later at a neutral site to Cincinnati and north up at Michigan. In their six conference matches, Notre Dame has not dropped more than one set per match and is 18-4 in sets.
Notre Dame holds a 22-15 edge in the history of the two teams. Last year, each team won in five sets on their home turf.
UofL Volleyball alum Katie George will be joining Eric Frede on the ACC Network for the 7:00 match.
WBB Adds a 2020 Commit
Ahlana Smith is the newest WBB Cardinal.
She's a 5'9" guard out of Charlotte, NC who started her career at UCLA, transferred to Gulf Coast Community College for the upcoming season and will join the Cardinals in 2020.
Word is that she's a lightning-fast guard who can nail the mid-range jumper and create havoc on defense. Another weapon in the Walz arsenal of players who want to be here. Another transfer that Walz and the staff went after because of the potential based on what they'd seen from the past.
Welcome to the "Ville", Ahlana !!
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!