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Friday, October 27, 2023

WSOC downs Duke 1-0 -- FH and VB plays today -- ACC BBall Preseason Accolades -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Hello all and welcome back to the weekend!

We are flying towards the holidays it seems and the fall sports schedule is winding down.  The WSOC Cardinals finished up their season last night at Lynn Stadium.  It was kind of warm fall evening, 73 degrees at 7:30pm.   

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween weekend!  Louisville hosts Duke doubly this weekend with the WSOC squad downing the Dukies last night let's hope that momentum continues as the football program is also in town for a Saturday matchup on the gridiron.  


UofL 1 - Duke 0

It was an excellent night on the pitch as Emma Hiscock nailed her 2nd game winning goal of the season with the assist from Hayley Howard for a 1-0 win for Louisville win to close out the season. It was a cross kick to the right side of the net right past Duke's Leah Freeman.  

It was the first time in program history beating Duke and it also ended the Blue Devil's post season hopes. Heading into the match, the Cardinals were 0-4-5 all-time against Duke.

Despite finishing with 15 shots and 5 corners, the Blue Devils were not able to put one in the net behind Erynn Floyd.  Louisville finished with 6 shots, 2 on goal and zero corners.   Floyd had 2 saves and secured the victory for the Cardinals as the Dukies really pushed to find an equalizer down the stretch to salvage their season.   

Duke's Grace Watkins and Kat Rader each finished with 4 shots, Watkins had 2 on goal and as a team, they finished with just about their best opportunity to score all night when a shot crossed in front of the slashing Mia Minestrella, but she realized too late that the shot was definitely theirs to take.  I am glad they didn't  -- it allowed the Louisville squad a victory over a Top 25 squad to end the season.  

We will see what the off season brings for this program and likely discuss together this weekend.  Postseason ACC and NCAA Tournaments are out of the picture, personnel changes are a possibility. 

Field Hockey

#12 Louisville will take on #13 Boston College Friday at 2 p.m. in Newton, Mass.
It'll be available on the ACCNX

Louisville enters the weekend with a 12-5 record after a pair of losses to #13 Syracuse and Appalachian State. The Cards and the Eagles are tied for fourth in the league with 2-3 records against ACC foes. 

Louisville leads the series record 6-5  with BC winning the last meeting on Oct. 28, 2023 4-1 at Trager Stadium.  BC brings an 11-5 overall record and a four-game win streak into the weekend following a 3-2 overtime win against Wake Forest last Friday.
Margo Carlin leads the team and stands third in the ACC with 12 goals and has dished out eight assists for 32 points.  Caroline Kelly carries a 1.27 goals against average and a .765 save percentage.


#4 Cardinals host Florida State Friday at 7 p.m. at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena and it's available on the ACCNX. 

Florida State is 15-7 overall and 9-1 in the ACC this season. They registered two home wins over the weekend, with a 3-0  sweep over Boston College (25-17, 25-19, 25-18) on Friday followed by a 3-0 sweep over Syracuse (25-12, 26-24, 25-19) on Sunday. The Seminoles went to five sets but lost to #3 Florida and #11 Georgia Tech at the time. 

Outside hitter Audrey Koenig leads the team in kills with 251 on top of 187 digs, while middle blocker Kiari Robey has recorded 176 kills and 87 blocks.
Head coach Chris Poole is in his 16th season at the helm, ranking as the second-winningest active Division I coach. He has guided the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in 13 of his 15 seasons, including 11 straight from 2009-2019.


The University of Louisville softball team will conclude its fall season with a doubleheader against Miami (Ohio) Friday at 7 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. The fall finale was originally slated for Sunday, but was moved due to rain in the forecast. The event is free and open to the public.

ACC Pre-Season Accolades

Senior Olivia Cochran was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team while transfers Jayda Curry and Kiki Jefferson were both named to the Newcomer Watch List.

The Hokies finished with 45 of 61 first-place votes and 1,116 points. Notre Dame, which claimed last season’s ACC regular-season title, finished second with 14 first-place votes and 1,052 points. North Carolina and Louisville each claimed a first-place vote and finished third and fourth, respectively. 


Saturday brings another edition of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast. we know we'll be without Jared (in a wedding), Case (whereabouts sketchy) and maybe Daryl...but we'll still endeavor to bring you the joy and excitement off Louisville women's athletics.

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As Always,
Go Cards 


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