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Monday, October 26, 2020



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 the order they happened.


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 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. 


If you haven't come to the conclusion so'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! 



  1. I'm not up on soccer rules, but, I did see this on a Google search:

    As with other cases of the ball travelling out of the field of play, all of the ball must cross all of the line, otherwise play continues. A goal is credited to the team attacking the goal scored upon, regardless of which team actually caused the ball to enter the goal.

    Still, that's a great photo and maybe the Cards got robbed?

    I'm proud of Louisville Volleyball! Can't wait to see how DeBeer develops!

    Nick O.

  2. Funny because I wondered the same thing Nick. My search revealed this --

    A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no offence has been committed by the team scoring the goal.

    From the angle, it looks like the ball didn't quite get completely over the line, so...


  3. Daggone shame that a game has to be decided by that call. If it had been American football, that's a score, no doubt.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  4. I pulled up the most recent copy of the rules that I could find- NCAA Soccer 2018 and 2019 Rules.

    10.1 Method of Scoring
    10.1.1 A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been intentionally thrown, carried or propelled by hand or arm by a player of the attacking side, except as otherwise provided by these rules.

    So since the entirety of the ball doesn’t seem to have crossed the line it wouldn’t be a goal. Whew, it really was a game of inches. Had the defender knocked the goalkeeper back a hair more that would’ve been the equalizer.


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