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Friday, September 17, 2021

#5 FH opens ACC hosting #11 Virginia -- WSOC opens ACC at Miami: FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


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Is this thing on? Check. Check. 

*She dusts off the spot in the rotation with the gang. 

Happy Friday Readers.  Finally some weekend luster.  As summer reaches the end, I look forward to an opportunity to recharge. Fall sports in full swing in the Ville.  Some very impressive teams have emerged into the national spotlight...


The Field Hockey Cards have reached 6-0 for the third consecutive season.  The team will open conference play Friday afternoon when they welcome #11 Virginia to Trager Stadium.  It'll be the second #11 ranked squad from Virginia that UofL will have played this week as they just topped Liberty (Lynchburg, VA) on Sunday when the Flames held the eleventh spot.  The Cards are wrapping up a 4-game home-stand with two ranked opponents, #11 UVA and #2 Iowa. 

The Cavaliers have won 4 in a row beating Miami (Ohio) 2-0 a week ago.  For what its worth, Virginia topped Liberty in their exhibition on August 20th. UVA has beaten its opponents by a combined total 15-4 goals this year (I'm not including the exhibitions).  They're lead by Senior Virginia native, Peyton Tollaksen.  She has 4 goals on 10 shot attempts. The Cavs average more than 24 shots per game while holding opponents to just 7.6 per game. The Cards are also holding its opponents to just 8 shots per game while averaging almost 14 of their own. UVA leads the series 8-7 with Louisville winning the last four meetings.



Coming off a tie and a loss for the WSOC Cards, the squad is ready to get back in the win column with a victory at Miami in the ACC opener.  This will be the sixth conference opener on the road for the Cards out of the last 8 seasons.  UofL is 4-3 in ACC opening matches.  The Cardinals opened the 2020 ACC schedule with a 3-0 win at Miami.  The Hurricanes are coming off a 1-0 loss to South Florida on Sunday.   WSOC is averaging 2.5 goals per game while allowing opponents an average 1.17 goals a game. 

Miami has scored just 5 goals on the season and have gone 3-3 on the year, 2-2 at home. Louisville is 5-1-1 all-time against Miami. The Cardinals have won four straight matches and have outscored the Hurricanes a combined 8-0 in the last four. The last time the Cards lost to the Hurricanes was October 20, 2016.  Both Juniors, Maria Jakobsdottir leads the Hurricanes with three assists and Melissa Dagenais in the net at goalkeeper this season, compiling 21 saves and a .840 save percentage. Last season, Miami finished the season with a 1-11-1 record, including 0-8 in ACC play.


There are plenty of UofL athletics to occupy your time with this Friday!  Whether its on Floyd Street or the ACCN/E, cheer loud and proud for our Cards!  These squads are something to be very excited about :)

I'll be on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast this Saturday to discuss the joys and excitement of UofL womens' sports.  I look forward to discussing the VolleyCARDS huge win over the Cats at LNFCU Arena on Wednesday as well as the fun weekend events the athletics department has planned.

Case is off, and someone has to watch Jared...join us at 11 a.m. !!

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