Happy Thursday everyone! First, I want to express my gratitude for all of the warm birthday wishes through here, text, and social media. I am definitely feeling the love.
Despite taking a day off work I still remained busy with a rehearsal and filling in for a women's basketball event on campus. But still, it was nothing like being on the go for 21 hours straight to kick off last weekend.
Cards Head North to Face Syracuse
In a slightly-earlier-than-normal kickoff, Louisville women's soccer will square off against the Syracuse Orange at 6:00 p.m., ET at the SU Soccer Stadium.
The Orange enter the match at 4-3-1 and ride a two-match losing streak. Syracuse had a hot start to the season, winning four of their first five matches plus a pair of exhibition victories prior to that. But as September has rolled around, Syracuse has gone 0-2-1 in the their last three matches while being outscored 7-0 in that stretch.
Like Louisville, Syracuse has taken the scoring by committee approach with seven players scoring all nine goals on the year. Senior Telly Vunipola has been a key factor in the offense with two goals and two assists.
Graduate student Lysianne Proulx has played every minute in goal for the Orange. She has recorded 29 saves while allowing 12 goals for a .707 save percentage.
Louisville is 5-1-1 on the year with their last two matches going into double overtime- a 1-1 draw against #16 Michigan and a 3-2 victory against Miami (Fla.).
Nine Cards have tallied a combined 18 goals on the year with Nina Nicosia and Emma Hiscock with three goals apiece. Brooke Dardano has been a key factor with the scoring with four assists. The Cards have outscored opponents 18-9.
Gabby Kouzelos has commanded the net, logging all 664 minutes in goal. The graduate student has 24 saves with just nine goals allowed for a solid .727 save percentage.
Historically, Louisville is 7-0-1 against Syracuse. Let's make that 8-0-1 tonight, shall we?
This one is slated for ACC Network so you can catch it on TV as well as online so make sure to tune in.
Hall of Fame Inductees
Louisville Athletics announced six new inductees to the UofL Athletics Hall of Fame. The inductees represent softball, lacrosse, women's soccer, baseball, and football (2x).
Bergan Foley was a freshman on UofL's inaugural lacrosse team in 2008 and spent her entire career with the Cards. In 2011, Foley scored a UofL single-season record 78 goals, which remains intact today. Her 265 career goals still obliterates the rest of the field in the UofL rankings. She earned Big East honors three times and was Louisville Lacrosse's first All-American.
Melissa Roth spent her time behind the plate at Ulmer Stadium from 2007-2010. The catcher was apart of four NCAA Regional appearances and 157 victories. The 2009 Big East Player of the Year holds a UofL single season record, batting .444. Roth owns the UofL career records in slugging percentage, runs scored, doubles, and on-base percentage. She is the only Cardinal to earn All-American honors twice.
Joanna Haig joined UofL Women's Soccer for her final two seasons after spending the first half of her career at Iowa State. The goalkeeper owns the UofL record for goals against average of 0.48 and her 20 career shutouts is second best all-time. Haig holds a record of 26-10-5 in goal and was a part of back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2006 and 2007.
The men's players getting inducted in the Hall of Fame are Harry Douglas (football wide receiver), Elvis Dumervil (football defensive end), and Logan Johnson (baseball second baseman).
Home Weekend Preview
We haven't hit the weekend quite yet, but this weekend is a busy one. All of our fall sports are in action, but very few are at home.
#5 Louisville Volleyball has a pair of home matches against Miami (Fla.) on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer is also at home this weekend, hosting Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Field Hockey is out traveling, but is staying on the east side of the Mississippi, stopping to visit Pam Bustin and Duke first for a Friday match.
Women's Basketball Hosts Special Olympics
UofL Women's Basketball was in a tight squeeze, in need of a photographer yesterday for their event with the Special Olympics of Kentucky and my number was called. The active UofL players coached members of the Special Olympics in a mini basketball tournament at the UofL Student Recreation Center.
A little confusion between staff had varying times of 5:00 and 6:00, so I got to spend some time chilling with Nick Evans and videographer JB Allen until the team made it to the third floor to join us.
One thing you don't get to see much in person is student-athletes interacting with the public or outside of their own sport so it was cool to see the players' personalities come out and how they interacted with other people.
Here's just a few shots from the event.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!