Louisville Falls to UNC 2-0
All that said, common opponents don't mean that much when two teams are going to take the field against each other. That's what they did yesterday, with Louisville entering Karen Shelton Stadium to play UNC for the first time (in the modern era) without Karen Shelton at the helm. Before joining the ACC, Louisville had played UNC twice: once in 2002 and for the first time in 1977. The Cards are 5-11 against UNC since 2014, and Louisville has never won back-to-back matchups. To make matters worse, Louisville was 3-3 against UNC in their first six meetings as conference foes.
Louisville held an advantage in penalty corners, but while they went 0-5, UNC capitalized on their chances, as their second goal came from one of their three attempts. Louisville's best chance came at the very end of the match, when an empty net gave them a player advantage on a penalty corner. However, even if they had scored, they would have had under a minute to find an equalizer. Aimee Plumb's shot was blocked away, though, and that was the end of that. Plumb took two of Louisville's shots, matching Julie Kouijzer, while Emilia Kaczmarczyk put her only shot attempt on frame. Izzy Bianco had Louisville's other shot, and it was one of the shots that was blocked.
The Cards have the second segment of the weekend off this week, and they're back in action on Friday. Louisville returns home on the 22nd to take on JMU, one of two non-conference games they'll get to build confidence before reentering conference play. With a 5PM start, Louder than Life will be well underway by the time the whistle blows, so you may be able to hear some residual music traveling over from the fairgrounds. For some reason, the match is not currently listed as ACC Network Extra, and JMU's schedule identifies it as an ESPN+ game. We'll be sure to keep you updated closer to next week.
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Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Jared is on the road for the Louisville football game in Indianapolis, but we'll have at least three in the chair for this week's episode of the show. Daryl is always a wild card, so you'll just have to tune in to find out if you get to learn about her latest golf outing with a Louisville legend. We'll have plenty to talk about on the show, with the big one being Louisville volleyball's win over UK on Wednesday night. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!
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Until next time, Go Cards!