Louisville women's soccer is teaming up with Louisville men's soccer for a Louisville soccer double header. The men will take on rival Saint Louis at 5:00 p.m. with the women set to take on Xavier immediately after, approximately 7:30 p.m.
In past years, the two programs have teamed up to help draw a larger crowd as well as to support each other. It's also a time when Louisville soccer has a special event in Noche de Familia y Amigos (Family and Friends Night) to honor and support the hispanic soccer community in the area.
For the Cards, this is their second match of the season. Win number one was a 3-0 victory against UIC last week that saw Karsyn Cherry, Maisie Whitsett, and Autumn Weeks find the back of the net.
Xavier is a much more developed program than last week's opponent and should prove to be a bit of a challenge for Louisville. The Musketeers went 16-3-1 in 2021 and their 9-1-0 conference record was good enough to win the Big East title.
Xavier started their season with a 1-0 win against Western Kentucky before drawing with Ohio 0-0 a few days later. Junior Simone Rivard-Roberts scored the lone goal on a straight shot from about 20 yards out.
Dating back to 1986, Xavier has owned the series against Louisville 13-3, but it was the Cards who took the 2-1 win in the most recent match-up in 2018. Current WSOC student-athlete Maisie Whitsett was on that Louisville team and scored the winning goal in the 100th minute off a pass from Allson Whitfield.
Due to the double header and the big promotion, please plan accordingly for possible parking and crowd issues. Don't forget the Kentucky State Fair is still going on and may cause traffic backups in the area.
Field Hockey and Volleyball Prepare to Start Their Season
We are just one day away from Louisville field hockey and Louisville volleyball starting their respective regular seasons.
Justine Sowry's #9 ranked Cards travel to University Park, Pa., to take on Belmont. Louisville field hockey won their pair of preseason scrimmages 2-1 against Miami (OH) and Bellarmine.
Bucknell went 8-10 last season with a 4-2 record in the Patriot League. They went 0-5 against ranked opponents.
Louisville went 16-4 with a program-best 6-0 record in the ACC last season. Their four losses came against teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
This match will be streamed on Big Ten Plus, so you'll have to dish out some money to see this one.
For Louisville volleyball, the #4 ranked Cards travel to the northern midwest to square off against Northern Kentucky (season opener), South Dakota, and Missouri all in the span of about 30 hours. This is the same group of four that competed in the Cardinal Classic in Louisville last year. Take a wild guess who came out on top in those.
The NKU match will be at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. local CT). The Norse went 20-8 last year and had a 15-2 mark in the Horizon League, but fell in the championship match of their conference tournament.
Louisville will then turn around and play host South Dakota at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. CT). The Coyotes boasted a 20-10 overall record and a 15-3 record in the Summit League last season. They won their conference tournament before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri is the final leg of the event for Louisville, set for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT). Mizzou had a rough 2021, going 5-26 and a 2-16 mark in the SEC. Two of their five wins came in the Cardinal Classic.
It appears all the matches can be viewed on South Dakota's website (goyotes.com), but we will provide updates if and when we hear any.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!