Louisville Football looks to ride recruiting momentum into season Sunday, Aug 28 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Louisville football comes into this season riding quite a bit of momentum from the offseason recruiting cycle. However, head coach Scott Satterfield and company have some work to do before the season gets into full swing. Last season the Cards finished with a losing record of 6-7. They lost their final two games. 

First up on Offense

Redshirt Senior Malik Cunningham is back. A lot of analysts have Cunningham as a dark horse in the Heisman conversation if he can put it all together. Cunningham threw for just under 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, along with rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021 alone.

On top of Cunningham’s return, Louisville has a deep running back crew that will be able to share the carries in different situations. Jalen Mitchell, a redshirt sophomore, and Trevion Cooley, a sophomore, both give needed experience to the Cardinals, who add Tennesee transfer Tiyon Evans, a junior, and redshirt sophomore Jawhar Jordan, who arrives from Syracuse.

Louisville also has a high level of experience on the offensive line to block for backs, protecting Cunningham with a clean pocket. Preseason All-American Senior Caleb Chandler leads the offensive line.

With the loss of deep-ball threat Tyler Harrel to the transfer portal this offseason, the Cards added transfers Tyler Hudson and Dee Wiggins, who Satterfield has praised in camp. Amari Huggins-Bruce looks to build upon his performance as a slot receiver last year. Also returning is leading receiver Marshon Ford from last year.

Next up, the Defense

On the defensive side of the ball, Louisville looks to patch up issues from last season. In the final two games of the season, the defense gave up a combined total of 83 points, including a 52-point beat down from rival Kentucky.

The defense has worked to fix those lackluster performances this off-season, including the announcement that Wesley McGriff will co-coordinate the defense with Bryan Brown to provide another voice. 

On top of new leadership, the transfer portal has once again helped to change the faces of Louisville’s defense heading into this season.

Senior transfer Jermayne Lole looks to help anchor the defensive line by providing needed pressure to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, Yaya Diaby and Ashton Gillote return to work on the outside of Lole to complete the front three. 

To finish off the front seven, the linebackers will consist of senior Yasir Abdullah, opposite of redshirt freshmen Ben Perry. Monty Montgomery looks to return after his season ended three games in with an ACL tear. Lastly, Ole Miss transfer senior Momo Sanogo is another interior linebacker to watch for. 

The secondary has an interesting mix of players with experience. Kei’Trel Clark, a redshirt junior, is the top cornerback, twice receiving All-ACC honors. Sophomore Josh Minkins fills in the strong safety role, with Ballard High grad joining Georgia Southern transfer Kendrick Duncan, who’s set to start at the free safety position. Lastly, senior Chandler Jones will line up opposite of Clark in the other cornerback position. 

The Cards open on the road against Syracuse at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. You can view their schedule here.

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Women’s basketball picks up win against Syracuse at home Monday, Jan 17 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

On a Jan 13 ACC Battle, the UofL Women’s Basketball team faced Syracuse University and won with a final score of 84-71. With this win, the Cards now move to 14-1 on the season and an undefeated 4-0 in conference play.

Though Louisville had the lead for most of the game, the two schools were extremely tight as Syracuse stayed neck-and-neck with the Cardinals. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith started the game with an impressive 9-point shooting performance in the first quarter.

Running into some early foul trouble, Syracuse struggled to keep up with the Cards. However, late shots by Syracuse closed the gap and kept the score close going into the second quarter at 23-18.

In the second quarter, Louisville could not increase their lead as both teams were tied with 17 points. With some close and intense battles in the paint, the game started to get more aggressive. Forward senior Emily Engstler, a recent U of L transfer, received a technical foul after having verbal conflict with the referees.

The Cards’ defense started to struggle in the second half, allowing multiple 3-point shots. The team also made some costly turnovers in the paint, allowing Syracuse to catch up and even take the lead late in the third quarter.

However, the fourth quarter saw a much improved and dominant Louisville team outscoring the Orange 25-15 to finish the game. The Cardinals forced multiple turnovers, allowing Van Lith and redshirt senior guard Kianna Smith to score and put the game out of reach.

After returning from a brief pause caused by a COVID-19 outbreak, Louisville excelled offensively but seemed to struggle defensively. However, Head Coach Jeff Walz noted that he expected some struggles with less practice recently.

The Cards will play next against ACC title contender NC State on Thursday, Jan. 20.

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U of L football defeats Syracuse Orange Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The Louisville Cardinals football team beat the Syracuse Orange 41-3 at home Nov. 13.

With the celebration of Lamar Jackson’s number 8 being retired, Louisville fans were excited for another day of college football.

At the start of the game, Syracuse won the coin toss and received during the first quarter. Louisville defended the south goal, and scored their first touchdown with 9:13 on the clock.

It wasn’t long after Syracuse attempted to catch up with a field goal from the 43 yard line. However, Louisville was able to keep the lead when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass for 33 yards to Tyler Harrell, scoring another touchdown for the Cardinals.

During the second quarter, Louisville built on its lead by making three touchdowns. Louisville went into halftime with a score of 35-3.

During the third quarter, Louisville continued to stay on top. James Turner was able to make a field goal from the 33 yard line, which brought Louisville’s score up to 38-3.

In the last quarter of the game, Turner made another field goal and brought the final score to 41-3.

Louisville football will head on the road to North Carolina as they face Duke University. The game will be on Nov. 18, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s tennis secures ACC win over Syracuse Monday, Feb 22 2021 

By Riley Vance —

In their first ACC matchup of the season, women’s tennis (4-2) prevailed over Syracuse (2-3)
with a final score of 4-3.

To start off doubles, graduate student Raven Neely and Sophomore Tatiana Simova swept court two with a 6-0 win over Syracuse’s Guzal Yusupova and Sofya Treshcheva.

Junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma took down Natalie Novotna and Miranda Ramirez 6-2 to secure the doubles point for the Cards.

Senior Chelsea Sawyer and junior Dina Chaika were up 5-4 when doubles play stopped. “We are playing good doubles, and it’s always good to get that first point to try and have momentum going into singles,” said head coach Mark Beckham.

The Cards advanced into singles with a 1-0 over the Orange.

Sawyer was the first to finish her match, only giving a single game to her opponent Ramirez (6-1, 6-0).

Bringing the overall score to 3-0, Di Palma managed an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 81 ranked Yusupova.

Syracuse fought back on court three with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Louisville’s Neely.

The Orange also took over courts one and six, leaving the fate of the match on court five.

Verma battled in a three-set match against Syracuse’s Ines Fonte and ultimately came out on top with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win.

“I’m really proud of Rhea Verma. She’s been in that situation a couple times and was on the bad side of it. It came down to her again, and because she had been through those other situations, she was able to pull it out and get a big win for us,” said Beckham.

Women’s tennis faces Boston College this Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis

Final Scores:
1. #121 Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

2. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. #81 Guzal Yusupova (SYR) 6-0, 6-0
3. Natalie Novotna (SYR) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Miranda Ramirez (SYR) 6-1, 6-0
5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Ines Fonte (SYR) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
6. Polina Kozyreva (SYR) def. Tatiana Simova (LOU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
1. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. Natalie Novotna/Miranda Ramirez (SYR) 6-2
2. Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) def. Guzal Yusupova/Sofya Treshcheva (SYR) 6-0
3. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) vs. Ines Fonte/Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR)
unfinished, 5-4

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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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Volleyball clears Syracuse 3-0 Saturday, Nov 16 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville volleyball defended their home court taking a 3-0 win over Syracuse on Nov. 15. The Cardinals improve 17-8 and 10-5 in the conference matches.  While Syracuse fall 10-12 overall and 7-8 in ACC.

The first set had runs by both teams. However, the Cardinals made it to the scoreboard first and took on an early 4-point lead. Syracuse responded taking their first lead at 14-13.

Syracuse was not able to hold  and the Cardinals gained a 2-point lead, taking the score up to 20-18. A kill by ­­freshman Amaya Tillman gave the Cardinals the set point, ending the set with a score of 25-19, bringing the score 1-0.

In the second set, the Cardinals had with another hot start. Louisville had a 7-3 run, and that put them at 20-11. Syracuse was not able to get another run, and the Cards cruised to a win at 25-15, bringing the score to 2-0

The third set saw the Cardinals run a 7-2 lead early on. Louisville was able to have a 10-point advantage at 18-8 before Syracuse could get a 4-1 run.  Syracuse upped their energy, but it was not enough to overcome the Cardinals. The Cards took the set point, finishing the set 25-15. The Cards brought a definite win, finishing the game 3-0.

U of L led the kills with a total of 41 kills, while Syracuse had 24. ­ The Cardinals hit .292 with five aces 41 kills and five blocks. ­­Sophomore Claire Chaussee and ­­­­freshman Amber Stivrins led the offensive, each producing 10 kills. Junior Alexis Hamilton proved important to the defense, finishing the game with 12 digs.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 22. They will face off against Notre Dame at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena at 7 p.m.

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