FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
GoOoOOoD Friday morning readers!
Let's get right into it, shall we?
The Cardinals and the Cavaliers will face off Friday afternoon at 1pm to advance to the championship match. The Cards are tied 8-8 all time against UVA, evening the series on Sept. 17 when the Cavs visited Trager Stadium when the Cards were ranked #5 and the Cavs were #11 in the polls.
Regular Season Matchup - UofL vs UVA
Mattie Tabor scored the lone goal early in the second quarter for the Cards and freshman Mila de Kuijer posted five saves en route her fourth shutout of the season. It wasn't an easy victory for the Cards with Coach Sowry giving some candid post-game thoughts on how it played out. Louisville was able to break through in the sixth minute of the second quarter when junior defender Julie Kouijzer sent a pass to sophomore Charlie van Oirschot who maneuvered her way into the circle and fired a shot toward left post where Tabor deflected the ball past Virginia goalkeeper Tyler Kennedy. UofL only had 4 shots in the match, 2 of them on goal.
Coach Sowry's thoughts following the match --
"There's definitely a lot to take away from this game. Often when you get a win you might not look at the video, but we absolutely need to look at the video and see what went wrong. I think that there were way too many turnovers that were uncharacteristic. That opened a lot of seams for Virginia to attack. I'm disappointed in the way that we played because we are so much better than that. Was that us, or was it their pressure? Probably a combination of both. But as usual, it was a gritty win, and we finished the game strong."
How Virginia got here
The 5-seeded Virginia upset the 4-seeded Boston College in their first match of the quarterfinals in the ACC tourney in Syracuse NY.
The Cavaliers got the win in the first 12 minutes of play after a random storm (is it really random though? considering it is Syracuse New York in November? i digress) showed itself at the original game time. So after a short delay, the Cavs and the Eagles squared off to advance to the next round to face our #1 seeded Cardinals.
Sophomore Laura Janssen was wide open in front of the net when she received a pass from junior Danielle Husar. Janssen took on the goalie one-on-one, knocking her shot past the keeper and into the corner of the net for the game's first goal. It was her fifth goal of the season.
Grad student Rachel Robinson netted the match's only other goal with 7:11 remaining in the first half. Senior Amber Ezechiels took a hard shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner, but her attempt was saved. Robinson picked up the ball off the rebound and worked to get it past the outstretched goalie for her second goal of the season to push the score 2-0 Cavs before the half. Virginia's freshman goalie Tyler Kennedy saved BC's best chance of scoring just a couple minutes later when Sky Caron attempted the penalty stroke. Tyler Kennedy had seven saves, picking up her second shutout of the season. Both squads had 8 shots on the day, UVA with the 7-3 advantage of shots on goal.