LOUISVILLE FIELD HOCKEY 2022 SCHEDULE
Maybe we'll have to rename the final week in June "schedule week" for Louisville women's athletics. Jared discussed the Cards 2022 Volleyball schedule yesterday and today, I'll review the Field Hockey slate. Women's soccer should be out by Friday, too.
18 regular season games, a couple of exhibitions and the ACC Tournament and, hopefully, another NCAA appearance for Justine Sowry's "flock"...who went 16-4 last year and a perfect 6-0 in ACC regular season competition. We'll try to forget that UofL ended the season on a two-game losing streak -- falling to Virginia in the ACC Championships and Harvard in their opening NCAA match.
The season begins with a couple of exhibition matches --- at Miami (OH) on Friday, Aug 19th and at Trager hosting Bellarmine on Sunday Aug 21st. The Cards faced both in 2021, although Miami (OH) was a regular season contest, and beat the Knights 10-2 and Miami 4-1. Then, it's off tp the Keystone State to face Bucknell (Fri 8/26) and Penn State (Sun 8/28)...both matches on the Penn State turf.
Next up, in an interesting move, The Cards travel to Chapel Hill, NC to open September, but won't face the TarHeels -- playing Penn ( Fri 9.2) and Princeton (Sun 9/4).in the ACC-Ivy League Challenge. The Cards defeated both squads last year, downing Penn 3-1 and Princeton 3-2 in overtime.
The Cards get the home slate of regular season matches started on Sept 9th when JMU comes to town for a Friday night contest and Michigan visits on Sun 9/11. Louisville remains home for the following weekend with UNC coming in on Fri 9/16 for the Cards first ACC Conference tilt and Fairfield stops by Sunday 9/18. The home streak concludes with Indiana crossing the river to play Cards -- Louisville won that 2021 match 1-0 at Trager.
The Cards end September at Virginia on Fri 30th and jump from Charlottesville to Richmond to face VCU on Sun Oct 2nd. Louisville was 1-1 against the Cavs in 2021 and did not face VCU. The Cards remain on the road game sequence with visits to Wake Forest on Fri Oct 7th and then it's back to Virginia for a Sunday, Oct 9 contest against Liberty. Louisville beat both last year -- 2-1 over Wake in overtime and 3-1 over the Lynchburg Flames.
Pam Bustin brings Duke in for a visit to Trager on Fri Oct 14th and UofL will have a quick turn-around with Ball State coming to Trager on Saturday Oct 15th
Louisville ends the season on a northeastern swing with trips to Syracuse on Fri Oct 21st, Cornell (Sun Oct 23rd) and the regular season finale vs Boston College on Friday Oct 28th.
The ACC Tournament begins Nov 1st and will be held in Duke in 2022.
The Cards lost both goalkeepers from last year, in Mila de Kuijer and Sam Minrath, so that's a position we'll be watching closely for developments.
Key returners for Sowry's squad include Sofia Pendolino, Aimee Plumb, Mia Duchars, Emily Kaczmarczyk. India Reed, Minna Tremonti, Katie Schneider, Mattie Tabor and Julie Kouijzer.
Now that the schedule is out, the next step for this intrepid, elderly reporter is to venture to campus and interview Coach Sowry. It'll be the first in a while for me doing this with her, with COVID precautions and my own particular health issues preventing me from being active, but, it should be a fun one -- it always is with Justine.