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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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.

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Men’s soccer falls to Temple 2-1 Thursday, Oct 24 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez — 
Louisville lost to Temple University 2-1, in a non-conference matchup on Oct. 22.
Louisville’s (7-5-2, 2-3-1) defense came in hot in the first half, but was unable to recover from Temple’s (6-6-1, 2-1-1) two goals in the second half. Junior Liam Bennett scored the sole Cardinal goal of the game, and his first goal of the season.
Both teams were scoreless in the first half. Senior Cherif Dieye almost scored, but Temple goalie Simon Lefebvre blocked it.
Junior Emil Elveroth almost scored with a bottom left shot, but Lefebvre saved it again. Louisville outshot Temple 5-0.
 
Temple got to the scoreboard first with a corner kick goal in the second half. Near the end of the second half Dieye assisted Bennett with a cross kick from the right side of the goal line. Bennett tapped the ball into the lower left corner of the net, securing the goal.
The Cardinals tried to get a game winning goal before the clock ran out, shooting four shots in 10 minutes. The Cards were unable to get the upper hand.
The Owls scored their game winning shot with less than four minutes left in regulation by Temple senior Lukas Fernandes. 
Temple scored with less than four minutes in regulation with a goal by senior Lukas Fernades. Louisville was unable to get another in the goal.
Dieye led the offense with six shots total with two shots on goal and one goal scoring assist. Louisville outshot Temple 14-7 and 5-3. Accuracy on the offense was a sore spot with the Temple defense on the lock.
 
The Cardinals will travel to North Carolina on Friday Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. to take on the University of North Carolina in their seventh ACC matchup this season.
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No. 17 Men’s soccer upsets No. 2 Georgetown in double overtime Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–
Louisville (4-1-2, 1-1) men’s soccer defeated No.2 Georgetown (6-1, 0-1) in double overtime 1-0. This will mark Louisville’s fourth win, ending Georgetown’s six game winning streak.
Senior Kino Ryosuke scored the game winning goal in double overtime.
 
This was senior Cherif Dieye’s first game after being named ACC Offensive Player of the week, from scoring a pair of goals on Virginia Tech granting Louisville a win. 
 
Louisville’s goalie Jake Gelnovatch was a golden token to the defensive line, completing the game with two saves.
 
The first half saw a power struggle between the Cards and Hoyas. Even though the Cardinals had multiple shot attempts, Georgetown’s defense deflected any chance for the Cards to score. Both offensives played hard, each corresponding five shot attempts. The Cardinals were close to scoring a goal, with two shots on goal, while the Hoyas only had one. Neither teams were able to find the net, finishing the half 0-0.
 
In the second half, the Cardinals stepped up their offensive, still having difficulties breaking through Georgetown defensive set. Both teams played an intense offense, with each finishing the half with four shots. After many close calls, neither team scored a goal, completing regulation with a tied score of 0-0.
 
Players were losing energy as they went into overtime, then double overtime.  
 
In the 106 minute, Kino Ryosuke scored the only goal of the game, assisted by senior Cody Cochran and senior Louka Masset. 
 
Head coach John Michael Hayden commented on the team’s ability that was featured in the game.  Hayden said, “I believe that we are capable of beating anybody in the country, but it’s about us being on our game and tonight you saw a little bit of that.”
 
Men’s soccer will be facing off North Carolina State in their 3rd ACC game at Lynn Stadium, Sept. 27 at 7:30.
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Men’s soccer outshoots No.17 Virginia Tech 2-1 Monday, Sep 23 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Men’s soccer took down No. 17 Virginia Tech 2-1 Sept. 20.  This will mark the Cardinals (3-1, 1-1) first ACC win of the season.

Although the first half saw a slow start, senior Cherif Dieye led the team win with two goals in the second half.

The first half of the game, Virginia Tech’s (5-2, 0-2) junior Kristo Strickler scored a goal with less than 10 mins left in the period.  Although the Cardinals had two shots on the goal, the Hokies had the advantage in the first half with a goal over the Cards.

In the second half, the Cardinal’s offensive pressed the Hokies’ backline.  With a long pass from senior Louka Masset, Dieye was able to find the upper right corner of the net and tie the game.

Dieye then stole the ball and dribbled down the center field and shot inside the left post of the net.  In less than five minutes Dieye was able to score twice and led the Cardinals to victory.

Virginia Tech’s goalie junior Mathijs Swaneveld made it hard for the Cardinals to find the net, finishing with six saves.  Louisville’s goalie junior Jake Gelnovatch ended the game with one save.

Louisville outshot Virginia Tech 15-2, with shots on goal 8-2.  Dieye led the offensive with five shot attempts, alongside senior Lamine Conte, freshman Bradley Sample and junior Elijah Amo with a combined six shot attempt.

The Cardinals will be up against No. 3 Georgetown in a non-conference game on Sept. 24 at Lynn Stadium.

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