Women’s soccer takes second loss to Virginia Monday, Oct 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville women’s soccer lost to No. 1 Virginia 3-0 at Klockner Soccer Stadium Oct. 24.

This comes as their second ACC loss, losing to University of North Carolina 3-0 earlier in the season.

Virginia (13-0-3) and Louisville (11-2-2) had tension in the first half. The ball bounced between both teams, as the offenses struggled to maintain possession.

The Cavaliers scored their first goal in the first half. Virginia led shots 7-2 to Louisville as the Cardinals struggled to get past the Virginia offense.

Louisville’s only shot on goal occurred in the first half. The Cardinals were not able to gain traction the rest of the game.

UVA scored another two goals in the second half, capitalizing off of a tired Louisville defense. Virginia ended the game with 17 shots compared to only two by Louisville.

The Cardinals had five saves on goal by redshirt junior Gabby Kouzelos for the game.

While this is a hard loss at the end of the season, Virginia is an undefeated team with conference dominance.

The Cardinals play North Carolina State next at Lynn Stadium Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m.

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Soccer wraps up regular season against Wake Forest Friday, Oct 25 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville men’s soccer is set to play the final game of the regular season against Wake Forest Friday Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals have a strong 6-2-1 home field advantage against Wake Forest. The Deacons (12-2-1), are highly competitive in the ACC with high profile wins against No. 4 Clemson and No. 20 NC State.

Compared to Wake Forest, Louisville’s (7-5-2) schedule has been more challenging. Louisville has faced off against six nationally ranked teams, while Wake Forest only played three. Louisville has also taken hard fought wins, defeating  No. 2 Georgetown 1-0 in double overtime.

While Louisville upset Georgetown, the Cardinals also took a hard 4-0 loss against Clemson. This makes Louisville a mixed bag. They have the abilities to beat ranked teams, but need to make sure offense and defense is cohesive.

Historically Wake Forest has defeated Louisville eight times, with Louisville only winning against the Deacons three times. In last year’s match against the Deacons, Louisville won 2-1 putting a win in reach.

The Card’s also have five games that have gone into overtime, taking four wins from these games with one tie. This experience gives Louisville the upper hand if the game comes to the wire in overtime.

Senior Cherif Dieye will be leading the offense for Louisville with six goals and four assists. Junior Emil Elveroth will also bring the heat on offense, scoring three goals this season. Between the two they have a combined four game-winning goals.

Dieye specifically has had an excellent year, earning ACC Player of the Week with two game winning scores in one week.

After playing Wake Forest, Louisville will enter the ACC men’s Soccer Championship starting on Tuesday Nov. 5. Their opponent has not been decided.

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No. 20 Women’s soccer takes steps in historic season Monday, Sep 23 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

The Cardinals (7-1) broke their seven game winning streak by losing to No. 4 North Carolina 0-3. 

Last season the women’s soccer team lost their six game streak against Perdue in 2018, with a final score of 1-2. This year, the Cardinals will not be going up against the Boilmakers, however ACC competition will still be intense.

In her 20 seasons as head coach, Karen Ferguson-Hayes has brought up the team’s record nearly every year.

The women’s soccer team has now been to the NCAA tournament four times and finished near the top of the conference. 

In last year’s season, Louisville lost against No. 4 North Carolina, losing 1-5. 

Head coach Ferguson-Dayes commented on what the team will be looking for in terms of improvement, stating that energy in the second half was a weakness for the Cards, including not having as many substitutions for players as the opposing teams. Improving the teams stamina along with strategic play-by-plays is something to focus on moving forward in the season.

With Louisville facing off against Syracuse (2-4-2) next, soccer fans hold their breath in anticipation to see if they will win an ACC division game. Syracuse lost to Auburn, making them 0-1 in ACC play. 

The next match will be held Sept. 26 at Syracuse. 

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Louisville Women’s Soccer wins against Dayton University Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter–

Louisville women’s soccer (6-0)  brings home a confident win after going against Dayton (1-5-1) at the Lynn Stadium for a final score of 5-2.

The game began with Louisville scoring a goal less than a minute into the game from Taylor Kerwin, her first goal of the season. A foul called on one of Dayton’s defenders allowed Louisville to hold up their lead in the first half of the game.

Freshmen Maisie Whitsett scored another goal off of a penalty kick. Louisville expanded their lead to two goals over Dayton in the first 1o minutes.

Freshmen Delany Snyder got another shot in with an assist from Emina Ekic, getting a score for the Cards of 3-0. The first half ended with goalie Carly Becker and Gabby Kouzelos each saving one goal attempt made from Dayton.

Dayton scored its first goal of the game shortly into the second half. The Cards reinforced their lead after Sarah Hernandez scored shortly after Daytons goal, making it Louisville’s fourth of the game.

Halfway into the second half Louisville was given a corner kick made by Ekic, in which Hernandez then sent the ball past Dayton defenders, then getting her second goal in for the game and season. This gave Louisville a lead of 5-2.

Head coach, Karen Fergudon-Dayes, has spent 19 seasons with the women’s soccer team for Louisville, improving the team’s record nearly every season she has coached. 

Dayes explained that energy was a weakness for the Cardinals in the second half. She explained that play-by-plays is something the team is looking to gain steam off of.

The women are starting the season off with a bold six game winning streak. While some of the wins came on shaky ground the team is proving their competition by not letting easy wins go.

Louisville will play Vanderbilt on Sunday Sept. 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Lynn Stadium.

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