September Fall Sports Overview Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Volleyball 

Halfway through the regular season, the team is ranked #2 in the country. Coach Busboom Kelly and the team are very much favorites for the regular season title. The team picked up right where it let off following last year’s final four run.

In the month the girls put together a very impressive 8-1 record and produced 4 ranked wins in the process, including a nationally televised, gritty win in Lexington against #13 UK.

The ACC is very much in the hands of the Cardinals, who haven’t dropped a conference game yet.

Men’s Soccer

Louisville men’s soccer had a really good month, as they finished September with a record of 4-2-2, ranking as high as 10th ranked nationally. The team scored a very quality 2-1 win against #8 Pittsburgh at home on Sept. 23rd. The two losses of the month came from two very quality squads, #5 Kentucky and #7 Duke. 

They next take a trip to South Bend, Indiana to face off with ACC foe Notre Dame. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier from there as Syracuse and Clemson take a visit later in the month. They finish off their regular season schedule with ACC Atlantic rival Wake Forest, who holds the top spot in the division currently. 

The team is in a very good spot with a 2-1-1 conference record and third in the Atlantic division. If the team can put some conference results together they will have a shot at an ACC title. 

The men’s soccer team celebrates a win at home.

Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer faced a very tough schedule in the latter half of September, facing back-to-back top ten ranked ACC opponents. However, at the beginning of the month, the girls pulled out a big result, taking a 3-2 win over #23 ranked Memphis on neutral ground. 

They followed up this result with back-to-back ties, 0-0 against James Madison and Indiana University. On Sept. 17th the team won their ACC opener against Miami at home, recording a shutout on the way to a 1-0 win. 

The team has some work to do after dropping three ACC games in a row. On Oct. 6th Clemson travels to town; both teams need a crucial win to get back on track in ACC play. 

Games left in their schedule include Boston College and Notre Dame at home, and then two road matchups in North Carolina against Duke and NC State. UNC comes to Louisville to close out the regular season.  

The women’s soccer team gets ready for their match.

Field Hockey 

Throwing up an overall record of 9-2 (6-2 record during the month of September), the field hockey team is another team that is putting up a very impressive national campaign. The 2 losses include both of their ACC games, giving them a big hill to climb with the end of the regular season quickly approaching. 

Nevertheless, the squad pulled out great wins against #4th Michigan and #13th Princeton. The team travels next to Winston-Salem to try and get their conference play record back on track with a win.

Other games in their schedule include Liberty University, Duke, and Ball State, followed up with a trip to New York to face off with Syracuse and Cornell. They close out their regular season with Boston College at home. 

The field hockey huddles together before a game.

Cross Country 

The Cross Country team has competed in two meets during the month of September, including the Covered Bridge Open in Boone North Carolina, where the men’s team finished 3rd, and the women’s team finished 6th. 

On September 17th the teams traveled up to Terre Haute, Indiana to run. The men finished 5th and the women finished 8th. 

The teams hosted a meet this past Saturday, October 1st at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. This is where the NCAA Regional will take place at the end of the month. On October 14th the team will travel to Peoria, Illinois to compete in the Bradley Pink Classic, prepping before the ACC championship on October 28th in Charlottesville.

The men’s Cross Country team prepares for a meet.

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Women’s Soccer Shuts Down Saint Louis Sunday, Sep 5 2021 

By: Daniel Rankin–

The Louisville Women’s Soccer team traveled to Saint Louis University Sept. 2 for their first away game of the season. With a final score of 1-0, Louisville keeps their undefeated season record of 4-0.

At the start of the game, the Cards stayed on the Billiken goalkeeper’s toes. By doing this, they quickly sent both teams into the locker rooms scoreless after the first half.

In the second half, the pressure continued with a penalty shot saved by Saint Louis in the 54th minute. Just minutes later, the Cardinals made a goal in the 60th minute by sophomore midfielder Morgan Bentley after a great pass by freshman midfielder Nina Nicosia.

Saint Louis tried to keep up in the closing minutes of the game, but it was too late. Louisville graduate goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos finished the game with three saves, and led her team to victory.

“I’m very proud of our team as we keep learning and growing,” said Louisville Head Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. She also added that she was very pleased by how her team performed that night.

Louisville returns home to face Western Kentucky University on Sunday, September 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, where admission and parking are free for the entire 2021 season.

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith// U of L Athletics 

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Louisville Plays at Racing Louisville FC in Exhibition on Saturday Friday, Feb 26 2021 

By Nick Evans–

University of Louisville women’s soccer will open the spring portion of the schedule with an exhibition match against the NWSL’s Racing Louisville FC on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

The match will be played at Thurman-Hutchins Park and will be closed to the public.

Louisville finished 4-5 and fell in the first round of the 2020 ACC Tournament during the fall portion of the schedule.

The Cardinals will be led by redshirt senior goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos and junior Delaney Snyder. Kouzelos was named All-ACC third team in the fall after finishing with four shutouts and a save percentage of .788.

Snyder led the Cardinals with four assists, while adding one goal on eight shots in the fall.
Emina Ekic, the 2020 ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the Cardinals, is now with Racing Louisville FC after being selected No. 5 overall in the NWSL Draft in January.

ABOUT RACING LOUISVILLE FC

Racing’s first-ever competition will come against the Cardinals on Saturday. They will prepare for their inaugural National Women’s Soccer League campaign with a total of five preseason games against NCAA Division 1 opponents. The exhibitions will lead up to an April 9 start to the NWSL’s Challenge Cup tournament. The regular season then begins in mid-May.

GAME FACTS
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Site: Louisville, Ky. | Thurman-Hutchins Park
Video: None
Next Game: Saturday, March 6 at Dayton

For the latest information on Louisville women’s soccer, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @ULWomensSoccer or on Facebook at facebook.com/ulwomenssoccer.

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Multiple U of L athletes test positive after weekend party Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The University of Louisville decided to temporarily suspend workouts for the men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. U of L discovered through contact tracing the source of the rise in cases to be from an off-campus party that occurred on Aug. 1.

“It goes without saying that I’m incredibly disappointed and frustrated today with what’s occurred,” Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. “We’ve noted from the very beginning that we have a strong commitment from our medical and administrative staff in the athletic department that we expect to be met with the same commitment from our student athletes and unfortunately we’ve had a failure in the recent week to do so.”

Tyra reported that there were eight positive COVID-19 tests among the four sports teams on Aug. 3. By Aug. 5, that number rose to 29. While in many of the cases, the athlete remained asymptomatic, some reported having headaches and fevers.

Since all student athletes tested for COVID-19 daily, the student athletes who tested negative and not identified through contact tracing will be allowed to return to on-campus workouts on Monday, Aug. 10. 

When asked if the school would consider punishing players in the future for disobeying COVID-19 safety protocols, Tyra said, “I think the answer is yes.”

Football workouts and activities have not been suspended since no football players have been identified to be at the party through contract tracing.

Graphic by Shayla Kerr// The Louisville Cardinal

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Louisville takes down No.9 Vanderbilt in Overtime Monday, Sep 16 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville defeated No. 9 Vanderbilt in overtime with a final score of 1-0 on Sunday night at Lynn Stadium.

This win adds to the Cardinals 7-0 winning streak, marking the longest winning streak in program history. The Commodores endured their first loss of the year and fell to 7-1 this season.  This game will mark the Cards’ second ACC win this season.

The penalty kick by Junior Emina Ekic late in the first overtime period gave the Cardinals their game winning shot.

After the initial 45 minutes of activity, Louisville had three shots, while Vanderbilt had two.  This drove the Commodores 2-1 on corner kicks, but Cardinal goalkeeper junior Gabby Kouzelos finished up the first half with one save.  Vanderbilt’s senior goalkeeper Lauren Demarchi finished with first half with two saves.

In the second half, the Cardinals played even more aggressively.  Vanderbilt’s defensive line kept the Cards from scoring any goals.  Towards the end of regulation, Louisville had a 3-1 shot advantage.

Overtime saw the only goal of the game with a penalty shot by Ekic.  A foul was called on one of Vanderbilt’s defenders and allowed a penalty shot for Cardinals in the last 30 seconds of the first overtime.

This is Ekic’s fourth goal of the season.  Ekic drove the group with three shots, along with junior Nadege L’Esperance and Redshirt freshman Ravin Alexander. Both had two shot attempts.

The Cardinals will play their third ACC game on Sept. 21 against No. 1 North Carolina at Lynn Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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