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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Interview with Karen Ferguson Dayes -- Field Hockey Signees -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The chance on Tuesday to interview Louisville women's soccer coach Karen Ferguson Dayes was a great opportunity to catch up with her and the team. In these COVID-19 days, we are all going through changes from what we used to consider the "normal" and Coach had been adjusting as well. 

We discussed the past season, the future and quite a few individual addition to quite a few other relevant subjects. I really think you'll enjoy her words and thoughts on Louisville women's soccer and, like many of us, "Coach KFD" is ready to transition from the Zoom and other type meeting with student-athletes and return to "the pitch". 

As we all wait to see how and when we can accomplish this safely, we all must put the safety of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans as our prime objective...and Coach puts that as "Job #1" in what she sees her responsibilities entailing. 

Louisville WSOC had a 13-5-2 season in 2019, was 5-3 in the ACC and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Enjoy the discussion. LINK below: 


I appreciate Karen spending the time with me and thanks to Nick Evans, Louisville women's soccer S.I.D., for setting the interview up. 

In coach's final words, she summed up our situation these days perfectly. Make adjustments, not excuses. Great words to live by as we continue to chart our course in the uncertainty of today's world. 

Our writer Jared Anderson suggested Coach Karen and I do the interview after a couple of Margaritas, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We didn't do that, but Coach probably could have used a few after being on the phone with me...


Louisville Field Hockey head coach Justine Sowry has announced the addition of eight prospective student-athletes to the 2020 squad. 

In the group are five midfielders, two forwards and a back. Three of the players are from England or Europe and one is a Louisville (Sacred Heart Academy) product.

The Louisville Field Hockey team was 16-6 in 2019, 3-3 in the ACC and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

The new Field Hockey players: 

Maitland Demand -- midfielder -- Waretown, N.J. 

Mia Duchars -- midfielder -- St. Louis, MO

Embry Jane Imorde -- forward -- Louisville, KY

Brigid Lowry -- midfielder -- Wayne, PA

Paulina Mayer -- back -- Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany 

Sofia Pendolino -- midfielder --  Hummelstown, PA

Aimee Plumb -- midfielder -- Canterbury, Kent, England 

Charlotte Van Dirschot -- midfielder -- Haarlem, The Netherlands

We welcome these eight to the "Ville" and can't wait to see them in action at Trager Stadium! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday! 



  1. Wow.

    I'm blown away by Karen Ferguson Dayes comments. She gets it, she understands it. Make adjustments, not excuses. I love it.

    Nick O

  2. Ferguson Dayes is one of those veteran coaches who has some very good connections out there and can get the good players. The thing is, and she's right, there is reason to be concerned about the disappearance of time for the players to work together because of COVID-19.

    But, all schools are in the same boat, at least in the ACC, in regards to this. We're all waiting until it can be a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff.

    A rough night last night in trying to refill the meat section. People going after that like they go after sanitizing items now.

    Curtis "Willing to wait when lives are at stake" Franklin


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