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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U of L field hockey ready for the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Friday, Nov. 12, The University of Louisville Field Hockey team will face Harvard University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cards recently fell short of winning the ACC Tournament after losing to Virginia in the semifinals. However, the season was still successful. Prior to the loss against the Virginia Cavaliers, U of L was able to take down Syracuse on senior day; allowing them to move on to the ACC Championship. Overall, the Cards finished the season 16-3, an impressive feat given they had one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

“To be the best, you have to play the best,” said ACC Coach of the Year Justine Sowry, “Our ACC and non-conference opponents have stepped up their game which sets us up nicely for the NCAA tournament.”

The season’s most impressive wins included ranked wins against Princeton, North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Boston College, and Virginia. Louisville will be looking to build off their successful 2020 run, making the final four for the first time in program history and returning nine out of eleven starting players.

“Having great experience over the past couple of years and more depth could be an advantage, but it isn’t automatic,” noted Sowry, “We still have to work hard together to advance.”

Junior Forward Mattie Tabor explained that early exit in the ACC Tournament has given them extra motivation. “It’s now one and done time, and we can’t take any games off,” she stated. “We’re motivated as a team to fight for those 50/50 balls and take the next step forward.”

Should Louisville advance to the quarterfinals, they’ll face the Michigan vs. Maine/Miami (Ohio) winner on Nov. 14. While the Cards have never met Havard before, they’re familiar with potential opponents Michigan, taking a hard-fought 2-1 loss and Miami (Ohio) dominating 4-1 earlier the season.

The semifinals will be on Nov. 19 and the championship match on Nov. 21, with the University of Michigan playing host.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics

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U of L Women’s Field Hockey Team Walks Away With a Loss At Semifinals Tuesday, May 11 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 3 Louisville women’s field hockey team took a loss to Michigan University on Friday, May 7 at the NCAA semifinals. They played at the Karen Shelton Stadium in North Carolina and lost with a final score of 1-2.

At the beginning of the game, Louisville took the lead with a score of 1-0. They had a solid defense and offense, which led Cardinal fans to believe that they would take the win that night.

Unfortunately, Michigan caught up during the last two quarters of the game. They were able to make two scores which put them at a 2-1 advantage. Now, Michigan will advance to the national championship.

Nonetheless, the Cardinal’s had a great season with the win of the ACC season title, as well as the top seed during the conference tournament. Overall, a record-breaking season for the Louisville field-hockey team.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Cardinals’ volleyball and field hockey off to historic starts Monday, Oct 12 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Volleyball and field hockey have started strong early in their seasons. Both sports are off to historic starts to their seasons for the fall 2020 semester.

University of Louisville field hockey has a sizzling 5-0 record and sit atop the ACC. Cardinals volleyball is headed on an upward trend as they improved their season record to 4-1.

U of L volleyball has won four straight games after losing the season opener against ACC rival Notre Dame.

Field Hockey:

Senior Mercedes Pastor has led the way for Cardinals field hockey so far this season. She leads the team in points and shots made. Pastor and fellow senior Meghan Schneider led the team in minutes played with 300.

As a team, the Cardinals have more than triple their opponent’s goal total. U of L has racked up 13 goals over their first five games while holding the opposing teams to only four goals collectively.

The Cardinals field hockey team will look to continue their hot streak when they head to Virginia to challenge the Cavaliers on Oct. 23. U of L seeks revenge over their loss from last year and try to keep their undefeated season record alive.

Volleyball:

U of L volleyball has come out just as fiery as they were last season. Freshman Ayden Bartlett has been a stand-out performer for the Cardinals so far this season. She has an impressive six assists through five matches and has a kill as well. Sophomore Aiko Jones continues to be a solid contributor to the Cardinals success. She leads the team in kills and aces.

The volleyball team will take on Pittsburgh on Oct.23. Cardinals volleyball has lost their last three matches against the Panthers. They look to snap their losing streak and keep their impressive season going.

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Louisville soccer and field hockey attendance policies released Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville has announced its protocols for field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer games.

Louisville men’s soccer kicks off their season Sept. 25 against Wake Forest at Dr. Mark Lynn and Cindy Lynn Stadium. U of L field hockey begins their season Sept. 26 at Louisville’s Trager Stadium. Women’s soccer will start their season Oct. 1 when they host Syracuse.

Trager Stadium will have its capacity limited to 20 percent. All home games for field hockey can be watched or streamed for those unable to attend.

Lynn Stadium will be implementing similar guidelines to Trager Stadium. All recreation seating areas will be closed to attendees. This includes the west end of the stadium, the north berm, playground and Boyle-ing Point. Men’s and women’s soccer home games will be recorded live for Cardinal fans.

Tickets will not accessible to the general public at either venue. Tickets will only be available for student-athletes, coaches, the visiting team and a small number of current U of L students.

For both venues, the gates will open one hour before game time. Temperature checks will be done at gates. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to a cool down tent. After ten minutes those guests who have been isolated will be checked again to see if they can enter the venue.

The clear-bag policy for games is still being enforced. Fans can bring a clear Ziploc-type bag or a small tote. All concession stands will be cashless for the season. Masks are to be worn at all times at both Trager and Lynn Stadium. Children ages five or under do not have to wear a mask.

U of L men’s soccer will face off against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Women’s soccer will take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Cardinals’ field hockey starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

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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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Field hockey falls to Boston College in sudden death Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville field hockey lost its quarter-final NCAA tournament game to Boston College 2-1 in double overtime Nov. 17 at Trager Stadium. This was their third home loss for the year.

After making it to the Elite Eight by beating Michigan just a day earlier, the Cardinals failed to maintain their momentum against Boston College.

Boston College started off the scoring with a goal off of a penalty corner shot, after a stalemate in the first quarter.

Senior Bethany Russ scored in the third quarter, tying the score 1-1. After another dry quarter in the fourth, the game entered into the first round of overtime. Louisville had four shots on goal, and not able to take any to the bank.

While the first round of overtime remained pointless, BC had the final say in a sudden death shootout in the second round of overtime.

Head coach Justine S0wry gave her take aways for the game, proud of Louisville’s effort.

“They played one heck of a game. They did everything that we asked them to do. Barring the second quarter, I think we played really nice field hockey. We defended well, we attacked well. We had our opportunities, no doubt about it. We had our opportunities to put the game away but it’s sport.” Sowry said.

Boston College’s goalie had eight saves for the game, shutting Louisville out of five quarters of play. Louisville out numbered BC 9-3 shots on goal, however could not manage to come out on top.

The 2019 season will remain a historic season for the Cardinals, tying their all time winningest season with a record 16-6.  The Cardinals also came the furthest they have ever been in the off season.

Sowry explained her mixed emotions for the loss, ending a significant season.

“You come that close to a final four it’s no doubt heartbreaking. When I take a moment to breathe, I am just so incredibly proud of our team.” said Sowry.

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No. 5 Field Hockey’s historic season Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Luke Graham–

Cardinals field hockey advanced to the elite eight after taking down Michigan 2-1 in double overtime Nov. 15.

The No. 5 Cards persevered over a long double overtime game taking the victory. This came after trailing most of the game.

It was a tight game with both teams with a lot on the line with a 1-1 score by the end of regulation.

Senior Bethany Russ scored late in the third quarter to tie the game which would eventually send it into overtime. Russ later scored the game-winning goal in double overtime advancing the Cards to the elite eight. This was her second goal of the game, making her the star and leading the Cards to victory.

Goalkeeper and redshirt junior Holly Barr was key in with six saves including an overtime stop that kept the Cards alive.

This will be the first time the Cards have advanced to the elite eight. The Cardinals will be looking to build off of this accomplishment as the competition gets steeper.

After this game, the Cards tied their school record for wins in a single season and marked this year as the most successful field hockey season in school history.

The Cards look to maintain momentum, trying to get to the their first ever final four facing off against ACC competition with No. 7 Boston College this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  Louisville in the series history is 4-2 with their most recent win against them coming earlier this year in a 3-2 game.

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Field hockey gains traction with two straight wins Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez

Louisville gains a winning week, with a shutout of No. 16 Stanford and a win against Longwood. This shows a promising stand with the ACC tournament in November.

Louisville (11-2) shutout Stanford (9-5) 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Trager Stadium. Marking the Cardinals sixth shutout of the season.

The Cardinals controlled the ball for the majority of the game, outshooting Stanford 34-13. Senior Bethany Russ scored a goal, alongside junior Mercedes Pastor and sophomore Erica Cooper. Goal keeper, junior Hollyn Barr proved important to the defense, finishing with two saves.

They started the first quarter hot, scoring right of the bat. The second quarter saw the Cardinals strike again, when Pastor scored a reverse stick shot. The Cards ended halftime with a 12-0 advantage-in-shots. The third quarter saw Stanford up the offense, with each team playing three shots each.  In the last quarter, Russ made her ninth goal of the seasons with a rebound shot, pushing Louisville 3-0.

Louisville won against Longwood 4-2 at Trager Stadium.

Goals were made by senior Whena Munn and freshmen Margot Lawn, Minna Tremonti, and Camryn Pichea. The Cardinals held a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners against the Lancers, as well as outshooting 17-3.

Louisville made the scoreboard with a rebound shot by Tremonti, this marks her first collegiate goal. In the last minute of the first quarter, freshman Mattie Tabor sent a feed to Lawn, advancing Louisville to a two point lead. The second quarter was scoreless.

The third quarter saw Munn make her second goal of the season, assisted by All Bitting with a direct shot. The fourth quarter saw Camryn Pichea make her first career goal, pushing the Cardinals to 4-0. The Lancers responded hot, scoring back-to-back goals in the last four minutes of regulation. This brought the final score to 4-2.

The Cardinals are picking up steam heading toward the ACC tournament with this double header week. Louisville is at a good spot for the tournament, learning from the Virginia loss not to be too confident in the second half.

Head coach Justine Sowry commented on the Cardinals performance against Stanford. “Going into the last quarter, or even the second half, there was a little deja vu (with the Virginia Loss), because we had a great first half, and were 2-0 up and there not many time where you have a another opportunity for a redo.”

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Louisville field hockey taken down by No. 9 Virginia Monday, Oct 14 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez —

No.5 Louisville field hockey loses to No.9 Virginia with a score of 2-1 on Friday Oct. 11. This game with mark the first loss since the Cardinals four-game winning streak and a second division loss.

The first quarter of the game saw 14 scoreless minutes. Finally, in the last 30, junior Mercedes Pastor broke through with assists from juniors Alli Biting and Meghan Schneider. This brought the first quarter score to 1-0.

In the second quarter the Cards (10-2, 2-2) had the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead with a penalty-corner goal. But the goal was disallowed due to an obstruction call against Louisville, with the call upheld after being challenged. The Cards held on to the lead, finishing the second quarter 1-0.

The third quarter saw Virginia (10-3, 2-2) gain momentum and playing an aggressive offense. The Cavaliers finished the quarter with 3 shots, compared to Louisville’s 2.

Virginia gained the upper hand in the last quarter when Virginia evened the score. With less than five mins left in the game, the Cavaliers scored again, ending regulation 2-1.

Louisville played a tough defense, ending with five saves versus Virginia’s three. Senior Bethany Russ led the defense alongside Pastor.

The Cardinal will be back in action against No. 16 Stanford on Tuesday Oct. 15 at Trager Stadium.

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