Counting Down the Days
No, I'm not counting down the days 'til I say "I do", but that is scheduled for summer of 2023 so it'll be on the countdown eventually. Today, we're counting down how many days until some of our favorite fall sports start up.
In just four short days, the 2021-2022 season begins with women's soccer hosting Ball State. Although the media situation and the COVID-19 protocol remain unclear for the new season we do hope to be there Saturday night. With free admission, we hope to get the entire Cardinal Couple Crew out to a match together for a group photo this season.
Louisville is 0-1 all-time against Ball State. The Ball State Cardinals topped the Louisville Cardinals 1-0 in overtime back on Sept. 9, 2016.
Officially, field hockey is 17 days away but they have their Alumnae Game on Aug. 21 and a scrimmage against Bellarmine on Aug. 22. You could say the Cards are .500 in their Alumnae Game. Louisville and Bellarmine will square off for the first time ever, even if it's just a scrimmage.
The true first game of the season is when Ohio visits on Aug. 27, at 3:00 p.m. Despite a six-game win streak for the Cards, it's the Bobcats owning the all-time series 12-28 dating back to 1982.
Volleyball is also officially 17 days away but their intra-squad Red and Black Scrimmage is the night of Aug. 21. Besides all of the players getting a chance to play and multiple players rotating in the libero position, Coach Dan Meske and Coach Todd Chamberlain will probably step on the court for a few points.
Louisville's first match will be against Cal Poly at a neutral location in Tempe, Ariz., on Aug. 27. This one is set for 10:00 a.m., which is assumed to be Tempe time and 1:00 p.m., ET. Cal Poly won the only match between the two foes in a five set thriller (30-20, 20-30, 30-22, 26-30, 15-13) on Sept. 10, 2006. That's back in the days when volleyball played to 30 before shortening the sets to 25. Worldwide was still rocking buzz cuts back then.
Cross Country is a little further out, with their first meet being Sept. 3. The Cards will head down to Knoxville for the Tennessee Dual Meets to kick off Labor Day Weekend. The entire lineup for schools has not been announced.
Women's golf has over a month to go before they head up to the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor beginning Sept. 13. By the time women's golf starts their season fall sports will be in the full swing of things when you include football, men's soccer, men's cross country, and men's golf in the mix.
Case has been just a wee bit excited for women's soccer to start as he has hinted on our podcast the last couple of weeks. You'll have to wait until Saturday to get his preview of the match against Ball State.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!