Field Hockey Continues Undefeated Start
Soccer Gets Back on Track with Win at Miami
For the second match in a row, Louisville found themselves tied with the opponent after 90 minutes. Unlike the last match, the Cards were able to find the net in the overtime period, scoring three unanswered goals after half time to overcome a 2-0 deficit at Miami. While Louisville probably would have gladly left Cobb Stadium with a point after the first half, they're sure to be thrilled to have earned all three to open the conference season on the road.
It took about 50 minutes extra to start the game, due to weather in the area, but the teams kicked off to what appeared to be a pretty average night in Miami. Like many of the recent matchups between the Cards and Hurricanes, Louisville owned this one offensively. The Cards put up 12 shots, with six on frame, compared to eight and two for the Hurricanes. Unfortunately for Louisville, they gathered no saves in the first half while Miami picked up six. While both of Miami's goals were pretty flukey, flukey goals still count.
The first came in the 25th minute, when a crossing ball headed to the side of the goal on Gabby Kouzelos's right. A header flicked it high in the air and farther away from goal, and everyone relaxed for a moment as they anticipated it going out of bounds. The relaxation was brief, though, as a Miami player made for the endline to keep it in play. Kouzelos reacted by moving all the way to her goal post, cutting off the short side opportunity for a goal. However, the ball didn't come to the ground. Instead, Jackie Koerwitz headed it back up and across the goal, where it drifted just over Sarah Hernandez and found Maria Jakobsdottir, who slotted it home. Perhaps the most frustrating part about the goal is that it came on a Miami possession immediately following what was pretty clearly an uncalled handball in the box that would have awarded a penalty to Louisville. So it goes.
Down 2-0, the Cards didn't look to be giving up, but I was beginning to wonder if it just wasn't to be their night. Perhaps I had jinxed them with the prewriting I had done. A couple of more opportunities presented themselves as the half wound down, but they couldn't find any goals before heading to the locker room. Whatever the halftime speech was, it had an impact. Louisville came out in the second half and finished with nine shots to Miami's three. They had more shots on goal, more corners, and more possession. Basically, they did what I expected in the whole game. The newfound effort was rewarded right away, when Louisville scored off of a corner kick in the first minute of the second half. Hayley Howard picked up the goal, her second of the year, with Maisie Whitsett and Hernandez grabbing assist credits.
The first overtime wasn't terribly eventful. Miami had an off target shot and Louisville earned a corner that went to nothing, but both teams were still trying to feel each other out. In college OT, both teams want to win, but neither wants to be the aggressor that makes a mistake and gives up a countering goal. The most exciting part about the first OT period was that Miami's on site scoreboard randomly malfunctioned prior to kickoff, leading the referee to start the period while keeping time on his own. Since the on site scoreboard didn't work, the ACC Network feed was blind as well, so we had no idea how much time was left for the first five or so minutes. The SIDs were saved the statistical hassle of trying to figure out when the game ended by no one scoring during that time.
After back-to-back exciting overtime matches, I'm sure Louisville is ready to play a normal game. They'll get six days of rest either way, as they will travel to Syracuse on Thursday for their next match. The Cards have never lost to the Orange, winning seven of the eight matchups, with a draw coming in 2012. The two didn't meet in 2016 or 2017 but Louisville has won every other year since joining the ACC. Thursday's edition of the multi-conference spanning rivalry will get underway at 6PM and should be covered on the ACCNX, though it isn't listed yet.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
I'm out this week as I have a morning wedding to attend, but Daryl finally returns to the booth, so the streak of four hosts continues. The gang will talk about the strong results over the past week for fall sports, particularly the big win over Kentucky. They'll also cover the next big test for the VolleyCards as they take on Nebraska tonight in another top-15 matchup. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!