Previewing the 2022 Soccer Seasons Wednesday, Aug 31 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Ferguson-Dayes Enters 23rd season, Looking for Energy Boost from Newcomers

With the women’s soccer team finishing 2021 with a 7-7-2 regular season and a 3-6-1 conference record, Karen Ferguson-Dayes looks to bring in lots of experience with her players in the 2022 season.

Ferguson-Dayes and her staff have brought in 15 new players to the program this year. The leadership roles will be heavily pressed on graduate students Sarah Hernandez and Massie Whitsett.

Hernandez comes into the season with 67 games started and seven goals scored during her career here at Louisville as a defender. As a midfielder, Whitsett comes into the season with 59 games started and 15 goals during her career. 

The Cards are up for a challenge, as they face one of the tougher schedules in the country; eight out of their sixteen regular season opponents come into the season already ranked. 

Despite the challenge, Louisville is off to a respectable start this season, as they have found themselves with a 2-1 record three games in. They opened the season with a commanding 3-0 home win against the University of Chicago, Illinois. After taking a tough 2-1 loss to Xavier University, the Cards rebounded back with a strong defensive performance on the road against Northern Kentucky, holding them to a shutout  1-0 win. 

The Cardinals travel to Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, Sept. 1st to square off with the University of Memphis at 7:00 p.m. EST. They will then follow that match up by playing James Madison University this Sunday, Sept. 4th at 1:00 p.m. EST. The James Madison game with be streamed on ESPN+. 

 

The women’s soccer team huddles before a match. 

 

9 Starters Return to Key Up a Postseason Run 

After capturing the Atlantic Division title and finishing the year with a record of 10-7-1, head coach John Michael Hayden tees off his fourth season this year as the men’s soccer head coach. 

The team returns nine starters from last year, including All-ACC forward Aboubcar Camara. Camara, who clocked in 19 goals and three assists in his career so far, was a big contributor to one of the best scoring offensives in the country last year, helping Cards average over two goals a game last year. 

He, along with rest of the returning players, are back likely with a chip on their shoulder due to their heartbreaking end last season. After losing 0-3 to Notre Dame’s penalty kicks in the ACC Championship, they then fell out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Bowling Green State in an 0-1 loss.  

In contrast, the Cards have opened this season with an impressive 3-1 win at home against a No. 10 Saint Louis, followed up with a 3-0 win over cross town opponent Bellarmine to improve to 2-0 on the season. 

The Cardinals will host Seattle University on Friday, Sept. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. EST on the ACC Network. They then follow up by taking a trip down the road to Lexington on Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 p.m. EST to face off with in-state rival Kentucky, on the SEC Network. 

The men’s soccer team in a huddle.

 

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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.

Photo by Anna Disselkamp / The Louisville Cardinal

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Women’s Soccer expands their five game winning streak Sunday, Sep 8 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez —

 The undefeated women’s soccer team beat Indiana University in the Battle of the Borders 1-0 on Thursday Sept 5.

The first half of the game had the Cardinals playing a defensive heavy game. The slowness of the game and the back and forth dynamic  between the teams made it difficult for the Cardinals to secure a score.

The Cardinals had the 61-39 ball possession. This possession should have given the advantage, but the Cardinals could not make a goal-gaining shot. 

In the second half, the Cardinals had 7-0 corner kick advantage. But the Hoosiers junior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel had a strong game finishing the game with two saves. 

Junior Emina Ekic scored the winning goal with a penalty kick.

After reviewing the game, head coach Karen Ferguson-Days said the biggest area for improvement of the Cards was slowness. Game speed was a striking issue, with only one goal made the whole game.

“We were a little bit too slow,” Ferguson-Days said. “Our decisions were a little bit too slow. We need to have the ball and create our own tempo, either by speeding up the tempo or slowing down the tempo. Our decisions with the ball need to be better.” 

The Cards will be facing off again at Lynn Stadium against Dayton on Thursday, Sep. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Photo by Mariam Prieto-Perez // The Louisville Cardinal

 

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