Women's Golf Finishes Seventh
Louisville Women's Golf wrapped up their final day of play at The Blessings Intercollegiate in Arkansas yesterday. The Cards finished the invitational tied for sixth overall.
A pair of Cards had high finishes in the event. Hana Ryskova finished tied for 9th with a final score of 218 (+2). The junior shot a 71-74-73. Kendall Griffin finished tied for 20th. The graduate transfer had a final score of 224 (+8) by shooting a 77-72-75.
Lauren Thibodeau and Carmen Griffiths went back-to-back at 32nd and 41st with scores of 230 (+14) and 235 (+15), respectively. The last Cardinal to participate in the event was Mairead Martin. The senior finished 47th with a score of 240 (+24).
The Cards head to Champaign, Ill., next weekend for the Illinois Invitational.
WSOC Cards Travel to Notre Dame
Louisville Women's Soccer looks to ride off the momentum of an overtime victory against Wake Forest as they face #24 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Cards and Irish are set to kick off at 8:00 p.m., on Bally Sports South, the same channel Louisville Volleyball and Louisville Football were on last weekend.
The Cards are 7-2-1 on the year with a 3-1 record in conference play. The nine points in the ACC puts the Cards fourth behind Florida State (12), Notre Dame (12), and Virginia (10).
Notre Dame enters the match 10-1-1 on the year and a perfect 4-0 mark in the ACC. Offense has been the 'Name of the Game' for the Irish, who have scored 34 goals on the year. Notre Dame has outscored opponents 15-2 in their four ACC matches.
Missouri took down the Irish 3-2 in overtime earlier this year and Indiana was able to force a 0-0 draw. The ACC victories came against Syracuse (4-0), Miami (5-0), Boston College (4-1), and NC State (2-1).
Grad student Sammi Fisher leads the team with eight goals, which ranked eighth in the country. Ashley Naylor has been part of a three person rotation, but has logged the most minutes at 518. She has five saves and a .625 save percentage. Her partners in goal have logged a combined 588 minutes with 21 saves.
Louisville hasn't been great over the years against Notre Dame, sitting at 4-12-1 all-time. However, the Cards are 3-4-1 in the last eight outings with two of those going into overtime and none of them having a goal differential of more than two.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see Louisville revert to the five-person back line again in hopes to slow the Notre Dame offense. However, unlike the match against Florida State, I hope the Cards will be more aggressive with a counter attack.
The 'Park the Bus' style gameplay is great -- in trying and preventing a team from scoring several goals, but hasn't provided any chances for a counter offensive. Usually, this strategy will most likely end in a clean sheet for the opponent. If Louisville can keep a couple of attackers forward and get Notre Dame on their heels, the Cards can pull off the upset.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!