U of L routs Syracuse 30-0 in home victory Monday, Nov 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team defeated Syracuse 30-0 on Nov. 20 at Cardinal Stadium.

U of L improves their record to 3-6, while the Orange has their record fall to 1-8 on the season.

Friday’s win was a much-needed victory for the Cardinals, who improve to 2-6 in ACC conference play. U of L now sits at 12th place in the ACC standings.

Sophomore James Turner kicked off the scoring outburst for the Cardinals after completing a booming 50-yard field goal. Turner’s field goal was the lone scoring mark in the opening quarter for both teams.

Turner fired again in the second quarter at the 6:25 mark, splashing a 40-yard field goal. Freshman Jalen Mitchell tallied up his first career carry for the Cardinals in the second quarter. Mitchell hustled into the endzone for a 2-yard touchdown with only 3:36 left in the half. With 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Junior Malik Cunningham danced into the endzone for a 4-yard rushing touchdown.

U of L was firmly in the driver’s seat heading into halftime, leading the Orange 20-0.

The first nine minutes of the third quarter was quiet for both the Cardinals and Syracuse. At the 6:45 mark, Cunningham completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Tutu Atwell. Then, in the fourth quarter, Turner struck again with a 33-yard field goal.

Louisville took home the victory with ease 30-0.

Cunningham completed 19-28 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Senior Maurice Barkley had ten carries for 56 yards. Freshman Braden Smith had seven receptions for 65 yards. Turner had nine points on three field goals totaling 123 yards kicked.

U of L will head to Massachusetts to face Boston College on Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.

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U of L football heads to Virginia for ACC showdown Saturday, Nov 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team is set to face off against Virginia this Saturday, Nov. 14.

Louisville (2-5) and Virginia (2-4) were originally slated to play on Nov. 7, but the game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the U of L defense.

The last time U of L faced off against the Cavaliers was in 2019. Louisville took home the victory in that matchup at Cardinal Stadium. The two teams have faced off a total of eight times throughout their time in the ACC. U of L leads the all-time series 5-3.

U of L will look to bounce back from their home loss to Virginia Tech two weeks ago. The Cavaliers plan to continue their winning streak against the Cardinals after an upset victory over No. 15 North Carolina.

The Cardinals turn to sophomore Javian Hawkins and Junior Malik Cunningham for production. Hawkins leads Louisville in rushing yards and yards per carry. Cunningham leads the Cardinals in passing yards.

This ACC matchup will take place on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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Men’s basketball captain out 12 weeks with foot injury Tuesday, Nov 10 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville men’s basketball forward/center Malik Williams is out 12 weeks with an apparent foot injury. The senior captain will miss the beginning of the 2020-2021 season with the Cardinals.

Williams returns to Louisville’s men’s basketball program as the most experienced player on the roster. His foot injury resides from a fracture found on his fifth metatarsal in the right foot. Williams will be undergoing foot surgery this week to repair the fracture.

This is the second season in a row that Williams was named team captain. Throughout his career with the Cardinals, Williams has collected 604 points and 444 rebounds. In the 2019-2020 season, Williams had 15+ points in his last 22 games.

“I feel for Malik. He is everything a coach could ask for in a person, player, and captain, so my heart aches for him. Our team will miss his presence on the court during his time away. I feel for our fans as well who love watching and supporting Malik’s play,” Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack said.

Williams finished as the runner-up in the 2019-2020 ACC Sixth Man of the Year award voting. He scored double figures ten times as a junior and 23 times total throughout his collegiate career at U of L. Last season Williams finished 19th in the ACC in rebounding.

This the second consecutive season that the Cardinals will have to begin the season with Williams on the sideline. Last year Williams had the same fifth metatarsal injury in his right foot that caused him to miss U of L’s season opener. Williams’ Cardinal teammates, coaches, and fans wish him a healthy recovery ahead of the 2020-2021 season.

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Louisville Field Hockey comes up short of ACC Championship following 4-2 loss to North Carolina Monday, Nov 9 2020 

By John McCarthy–

After an impressive game on Nov. 7 by the University of Louisville field hockey team defeating Virginia 5-2, the Cardinals fall to North Carolina 5-2.

U of L headed into the ACC tournament as the top-seeded contender. This is the first time in school history that the Cardinals grabbed the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament. This new accolade to the field hockey program comes after an excellent 8-2 regular-season record.

Louisville came out the gates striking first. U of L took an early 2-0 lead in the championship bout. Sophomore Katie Schneider scored both of Louisville’s goals early on. During that time, senior goalkeeper Hollyn Barr stuffed two North Carolina shot attempts for saves.

The Tar Heels struck back before halftime to put the score at 2-1 heading into the break. North Carolina came out of the halftime break looking to score. After two goals early on in the second half, the Tar Heels took the lead 3-2 with 1:40 left in the frame.

U of L was unable to score again in the game. North Carolina scored one more goal in the final frame on a rebound ball that rolled close to the net. The Tar Heels took home the championship 4-2.

Three Cardinals were named to the ACC All-Tournament team. Sophomore Julie Kouijzer, senior Mercedes Pastor, and freshman Aimee Plumb received nods for their selections.

“Congratulations to Coach Shelton and Carolina, they have a fantastic team and they know how to win championships,” said Louisville head coach Justine Sowry. The Tar Heels collected their fourth consecutive title and 23rd overall.

Next season’s Division I field hockey schedule has been rescheduled to spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA tournament play is to happen in May of 2021.

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Jake Gelnovatch proves he is the Cardinals’ goalkeeper Monday, Nov 9 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team found something in their senior goalkeeper. When the Cardinals were playing the Hokies on Oct. 30, Senior Jake Gelnovatch set a new career record with ten saves in the goal.

There is no ceiling for the senior going into the final stretch of the season. Although U of L lost a heartbreaker to Virginia Tech in overtime on Friday, Gelnovatch showed that he can provide quality defense in the Cardinal goal.

Gelnovatch has gathered quite the resume throughout his time at Louisville. He was part of the 2018 ACC Championship All-Tournament team, the 2018 and 2019 All-ACC Academic team, and was ACC defensive player of the week in 2019.

The senior from Earlysville, Va. did not see any playing time during his freshman season with the Cardinals but come sophomore year Gelnovatch showed he could play. He posted five shutouts in only eleven starts, and in 2018 he posted six shutouts in 15 starts. One of his shutouts came against No. 2 Duke in 2018.

U of L’s last regular-season game will be against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The season finale will be Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

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Louisville Men’s Soccer falls to Virginia Tech 2-1 in overtime Monday, Nov 2 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team (1-5-1) lost a tough one on Oct. 30. A 93rd-minute goal by the Hokies gave the Cardinals their fifth loss of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch was excellent in the goal for the Cardinals. He set a new career-high on Friday with ten saves. Gelnovatch’s ten saves were the most saves by a Louisville player since Dan Williams finished with ten saves against Kentucky in 2006.

The game was scoreless through 45 minutes thanks to Gelnovatch who saved six Virginia Tech shots in the first half. U of L fired two shots at the goal in the first half but neither of them sank.

Virginia Tech (1-1-2) broke the silence in the 57th-minute with a goal, putting the Hokies up 1-0. U of L evened the score in the 72nd-minute via a goal from senior Elijah Amo.

Less than three minutes in the first extra period of the game, Virginia Tech’s Jacob Labovitz netted his second shot to give the Hokies the road victory. Virginia Tech shot 26 shots while the Cardinals only have five attempts.

U of L will finish up their regular season on Nov. 6 in South Bend, Ind. against the Norte Dame Fighting Irish. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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U of L football loses to Virginia Tech 42-35 Monday, Nov 2 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team lost at home on Oct. 31 to ACC competitor Virginia Tech 42-35. This moves the Cardinals’ record to 2-5 on the season and puts them in 13th place in the ACC.

The news came out just before the game that a handful of Louisville’s defensive players would be unavailable for the game. Defensive linemen Micah Bland, Ja’Darien Boykin, Malik Clark, Yaya Diaby and Tabarius Peterson were all unavailable. Punter Ryan Harwell, safety Isaiah Hayes and linebacker Monty Montgomery were also unavailable. All of the players were showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Cardinals dug themselves a hole early on going down 21-0 moving into the second quarter. It was no secret early on that the second string Cardinal defense was struggling.

Sophomore Marshon Ford put Louisville on the board first by completing a 14-yard pass from junior Malik Cunningham for a touchdown. Then, just before halftime, sophomore Javian Hawkins broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run. U of L trailed the Hokies 21-14 going in the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Senior Dez Fitzpatrick got the Cards back on track with an 82-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham. With six minutes left in the final quarter, senior Maurice Barkley ran it in for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley’s touchdown tightened the score to 34-28. Six points were as close as the Cardinals would get to Hokies. Both teams tacked on an additional touchdown in the final four minutes, but Virginia Tech took home the victory 42-35.

Cunningham threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns but had three interceptions. Hawkins carried the ball for 129 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Fitzpatrick had a monster game with 158 yards on five catches, one of which was a touchdown. Junior Tutu Atwell had 8 catches for 78 yards.

U of L will attempt to rebound next week when they travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers. That game will be Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on ACC Network.

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Men’s soccer off to a bumpy season start Thursday, Oct 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville men’s soccer collected another tough loss Oct. 24 at the hands of talented ACC rival Pittsburgh. The Cardinals find themselves in a 1-4-1 on the season, including a 1-3 record in the ACC standings.

Although the Cardinals’ record needs work, we have witnessed excellent improvement on the offensive side of the ball for Louisville this season. Junior Pedro Fonseca has been trigger happy and playing healthy. Fonseca has taken eleven shots attempts, booted for seven points, and has swished three goals so far this season.

Senior Elijah Amo has also been an important facet of Louisville’s offense. Amo has put up a pair of goals this season, sinking two of his three goal attempts this season.

On the defensive side of the field, it is no secret that the Cardinals’ goalkeeping needs some work. Louisville has tried to rotate in three different goalkeepers to try and accumulate more saves, but the struggle has continued.

The Cardinals mend to snap their two-game losing streak on Oct. 30 when they host Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. A win over the Hokies would give Louisville their second ACC win of the season.

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David Johnson is the key to success for men’s basketball this season Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

By John McCarthy–

ACC Men’s Basketball will be alive and well this season and there’s a lot of returning talent, which means big competition.

Louisville, Duke, Florida State and North Carolina will all have returning talent.

Last week the Cardinals named senior Malik Williams and graduate transfer Carlik Jones as team captains. Another emerging leader for the Cardinals is sophomore point guard David Johnson.

Johnson’s performance in the 2019-2020 season was a pleasant surprise for Louisville. He posted a season stat line of 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game on 49% shooting. Johnson has made big strides since graduating from Trinity High School in Louisville.

The Cardinals will look to Johnson for more breakout performances in the 2020-2021 season. Johnson is known to show out in big-time conference rivalries.

When the Cardinals traveled to Duke to take on the Blue Devils last January, Johnson had his best game of the season. He broke out for 19 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Johnson carried the Cardinals to victory that afternoon, taking the No. 3 Blue Devils down on their home floor.

University of Louisville men’s basketball’s schedule has yet to be released for this season, but expect big things from David Johnson.

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Cardinals lose heartbreaker to No. 4 Norte Dame 12-7 Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville football fell to No. 4 Norte Dame on Oct. 17 in South Bend, Ind. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals, placing them 15th in the ACC conference rankings.

Momentum was teetering throughout the first half. The Fighting Irish were not able to score because of Louisville’s exceptional defense early on. On the other side of the ball, Norte Dame’s defense was holding the Cardinals’ offense in check as well.

The Fighting Irish was able to score two field goals to go up 6-0 by halftime. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left in the second quarter, but sophomore kicker James Turner missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals attempted an onside kick to gain possession back and potentially go up on the Irish. The onside kick was successful until an illegal blocking call was made against the Cardinals. The controversial illegal blocking call changed killed momentum for the Cardinals at the end of the third quarter.

The University of Louisville fell to the Irish 12-7, making the Cardinals 0-4 in ACC conference play.

Junior Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Javian Hawkings carried the ball for 51 yards and had five receptions for 46 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back from their current losing streak when they host the Florida State Seminoles Oct. 24 at Cardinal Stadium.

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