A busy day of UofL women's sports action yesterday, with the Louisville Women's Soccer squad starting it out by hosting Notre Dame and then the Louisville Volleyball team at Pitt. Here's the results...in the order they happened.
IRISH EDGE CARDS 1-0
If there is one thing we can count on when the Cards and Fighting Irish get together in a soccer match, it is that it'll be a low scoring affair. A total of two goals have been scored in the last three matches between the two and yesterday was no exception, Notre Dame leaving Lynn Stadium with a 1-0 win.
Louisville (4-3) definitely had their chances to score. The Cards had a 9-7 shot advantage and drew seven corner kicks against the Fighting Irish were held to just three. Despite the edge, neither team could get the ball past the respective goalkeepers and defenses and the first half ended in a 0-0 tie.
Despite a Louisville possession edge in the contest but the Irish got the lone score in the contest when the Cards were called for a "hand ball" during an Irish attempt to take a shot with 21 minutes left in the second half. It occurred in the small box in front of the goal when the Cardinals Nadage L'Esperance went for a sliding block of a shot but the ball bounced off her hand. In soccer rules, that calls for a penalty kick and it was Notre Dame forward Carmyn Dyke one-on-one against UofL goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos.
Penalty kicks that are that close to the goal usually go in favor of the kicker, not the defender and...unfortunately for the Cards...Dyke slid one to the lower right of the net that barely got past the diving Kouzelos and landed in the net.
Louisville thought they had the tying goal with just eight minutes remaining when L'Esperance took a corner kick from Emina Ekic and sent it to the net. The attempt was stopped. Seconds later, Cardinal Cassie Amshoff got off another attempt but was stopped. The Cardinal staff (and most of the press box) thought there was a goal scored. A review was requested and the officials huddled around the on-field monitor but no goal was granted. Our Cardinal Couple photographer Jared Anderson was in position and got a great shot of the controversial call on the attempt (pictured below). Apparently, in soccer, no goal is scored, if the ball doesn't cross the line...even if the defender is standing behind the line.
A judgemental call, in my opinion. That ball looks to be on the line, maybe over it and could have been counted as a goal. You make your own determination... (Great work by Jared with the shot...by the way).
A tough loss for the Cards on Senior Day....where seniors Lana Batson, Amari Hopkins, Taylor Kerwin and Emina Ekic were honored pre-match.
It doesn't get any easier for them when #1 in the ACC and college women's soccer North Carolina comes to town for a match Thursday night.
VOLLEYBALL DOWNS PITT 3-1
If you haven't come to the conclusion so far...you're going to like Louisville freshman outside hitter Anna DeBeer a lot, Cardinal Volleyball fans.
Yesterday the freshman from Louisville Assumption went ballistic on the home-standing Pitt Panthers and had 22 kills in Louisville's 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 win over Pitt.
The Cardinal win snapped Pittsburgh's 37-match home winning streak.
Four close sets in the Sunday action...Louisville and Pitt battling to a 24-24 tie in the first set, before Tori Dilfer served an "ace" to give the Cards a 0ne-point lead and a hitting error by Pitt won it for UofL.
The Cards took an early six-point lead in set two at 11-5 but Pitt rallied to tie the match up at 21-21. After trading points, two straight Panther hitting errors gav UofL the win.
Pitt wasn't quite ready to concede the match, though, and jumped out to an early 12-4 third set advantage. The Cards battled back to draw within one at 21-20, but the Panthers got some key stops and scores out of their strong middle blockers to out-point the Cards 4-1 to close out the third set and force a fourth.
Louisville broke open a close fourth set when Aiko Jones helped lead UofL to a 5-0 run that put the Cards on top 17-13. Pitt rallied, though, to grab a 21-20 lead behind last year's ACC MVP Kayla Lund. After DeBeer tied the match at 21-21, the Cards went on a three-point run to get to match point at 24-21. Pitt would reciprocate with two points, but DeBeer gave the Cards the 25-23 win with a final kill. Set and match.....CARDINALS !!
Anna Stevenson also had a big afternoon for Louisville with 13 kills and six blocks and steady Tori Dilfer had 47 assists for the Cardinals.
Louisville ends the fall portion of the season with a 5-2 record (assuming that a cancelled game against Notre Dame won't be made up) and when we get a clear idea of a spring schedule being worked out by the NCAA and ACC, we'll give you the update here at Cardinal Couple!
Have a Meaningful Monday!