It’s the time of year that fans file into Trager Stadium to witness a Field Hockey team that is top 10 in both the ACC, and the nation. Of course, the Cards welcome eight players into their ranks, adding to the 15 returners this season.
This team plans on building on a great season that saw the Cards finish 11th in the last poll released. The Cards look to build on spectacular defense last year, as they held opponents to a 1.25 goals allowed per game (25/176), and a .142 shot percentage. Much of that is credited to the sophomore goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran. The Irish goalkeeper was named as a 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Third Team and 2015 NFHCA All-West Region First Team. Back in Northern Ireland, McFerran was named to the national team.
On the offensive side of the ball, Louisville had 42 goals, which is an average of 2.10 goals per game and a .157 shot percentage. Senior forward Lotta Kahlert helped lead the offense last year and scored game-winning goals against Appalachian State, Ohio State, and Northeastern.
A player fans should keep their eyes out for is graduate student Lizzie Gittens, who joins the Cards from Southampton, England and should prove to be an asset in the middle of the field and on defense.
The Cards will need to also build on the 13-7-0 record that was produced last year, and need to win more in ACC play, which was 1-5 last year.
If there is one thing that the Cards have an advantage over, it will be the attendance, which averaged 343 per game, and is looking at increasing after the great finish last year. Trager Stadium is one of the most difficult home fields for opponents to win due to the large home crowd. Admission is free to the public for all games.
The Cards play against Ohio University on Thursday, August 18th, at 1:00 p.m. in preseason play before opening up the season on the road against Indiana. Louisville's first home game will be on Saturday, September 3rd, at 11:00 a.m.
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