By Brad McGuffin
Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville was the #6 seed playing host to Virginia Tech the #11 seed in the first round of the ACC tournament. Virginia Tech came into the match up 8-5-2 (2-4-2) and Louisville was 8-6-2 (3-4-1). During the first half neither team could really get the advantage.
Louisville had 5 shots compared to Virginia Tech's 3 shots in the first half. Both teams did have several opportunities with some shots on goal however neither team could capitalize and get one in the net.
At the 43:17 mark in the first half Virginia Tech scored on a goal from Jon Ingason. At the 44:58 mark Virginia Tech would score again on a free kick from Daniel Pereira giving the Hokies a 2-0 lead.
The second half was similar to most of the first half, not much going on offensively for either team. Early in the second half Louisville a few opportunities however couldn't capitalize.
With the win, Virginia Tech advances in the ACC tournament and will play @ Wake Forrest the #3 seed on Sunday. With the loss, Louisville will await their postseason destination.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Scott Satterfield and Co. may have the week off, but plenty happened for the Louisville Cardinals across sports: Louisville Live, Men’s Soccer’s huge win, and couple of transfers being ruled immediately eligible.
Here’s a short rundown of the past week:
Louisville Live, 2.0
There are 38 days until the Louisville Cardinals take on Miami in Florida to kick off the 2019-2020 Men’s Basketball regular season. To help hype fans up for the upcoming regular season for both the men and women’s basketball teams, the Cardinals took over Fourth Street Live for the second annual Louisville Live pep-rally.
Chris Mack appeared in a Louisville biker jacket, there were appearances by the Harlem Globetrotters, Vince Tyra competed with Luke Hancock in a shooting competition, and many Louisville basketball alumni made an appearance. The alumni included Angel McCoughtry, Donovan Mitchell, and Darrell Griffith.
There were three-point competitions and dunk competitions. Mitchell, Griffith, and rapper Jack Harlow judged the dunk contest.
The Jeff Walz Hype Train keeps rolling
Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz picked up two huge transfers for this season. Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon were granted waivers by the NCAA to become immediately eligible for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. As freshmen, both were named to the All-ACC Freshman team. Balogun was the ACC Freshman of the year.
Balogun started all 30 games for Tech last year, and averaged 14.6 points per game; and led the Yellow Jackets 13 times in scoring. She had six games with at least 20-points. The guard averaged 40 percent from the field, and nearly 34 from beyond the arc.
Dixon also started all 30 games, and was second on the team and led ACC freshmen with 6.4 rebounds per game. The 6-5 forward recorded 192 boards, 33 blocks, and 18 steals.
The Cardinals lost a few key players last year, including Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring, and Arica Carter. They should be in good shape, considering they will have Yacine Diop back from an injury, and a good recruiting class that includes two of the great young players in the conference.
Kino Ryosuke for the Win!
Earlier in the season, the Louisville Cardinals beat then-No. 2 Indiana in an exhibition game in Westfield, IN. On September 24th, on the ACC Network for the first time, they defeated No. 2 Georgetown in second overtime golden-goal fashion. 5:44 in the second overtime period, Ryosuke scored his first goal of 2019, and was assisted by Cody Cochran and Louka Masset.
The win marked their second consecutive against a ranked opponent, and the third of the season.
Later in the week, they were not able to beat the NC State Wolfpack. But the win against Georgetown is a great one for sure.
Plenty happened for Louisville sports across the weekend. The Cardinals football team returns next week for a game against Boston College at 12:30.
--By Nick Stringer
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Looking to stay perfect, the Louisville Cardinals took on the Dayton Flyers, and won 5-2. Dayton had an 11-2 advantage over Louisville, with the Cards taking the past two.
Louisville quickly took advantage of Dayton and five starting freshmen. The Cards stole the ball and Taylor Kerwin scored an early goal 59 seconds into the game, assisted by Delaney Snyder. Louisville scored a second goal a few minutes later. A Dayton defender, gave Maisie Whitsett a penalty kick at the 35:45 mark of the first half. Louisville scored at 33:35, with an assist from Emina Ekic to Snyder.
The second half opened with a new lineup for Louisville, with Karen Ferguson-Dayes resting the starters for a matchup with No. 9 Vanderbilt. Dayton’s Laney Huber took advantage and scored at the 40:39 mark (3-1).
Louisville dusted off their shoulder and scored another goal (4-1). Brooklyn Rivers entered the game and scored Louisville’s fourth goal at 50:31 into the game.
Dayton showed grit and captured one more goal. Alexis Goins scored a spectacular goal off an assist from Laney Huber less than 30 seconds later. The goal scored 50:56 into the game (4-2).
Louisville, answered with another goal off a corner kick from Emina Ekic to Sarah Hernandez, that fell into a perfect spot in the box behind the goalie’s head. It scored 60:12 minutes in. The 5-2 Louisville lead held and was the final score.
Louisville’s record improves to 6-0. On Sunday, they will face off against Vanderbilt at Lynn Stadium. The game is at 6pm. It will be on ACC Network Extra.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Roscelle Griffin
Like many weekends in the academic year, there is plenty of action for the Louisville Cardinals this week. Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Softball, Football, and Field Hockey are all in action this week.
Here’s the roundup:
Volleyball (2-1) Fleur de Lis Tournament: Friday, September 6th, 10:30 am
Volleyball vs. Tennessee Tech: Friday, September 6th, 12:30 am
Volleyball vs. Western Kentucky: Friday, September 6th, 7:30 pm
Men’s Soccer (1-0-1) at Florida Atlantic: Friday, September 6th, 7:30 pm (Boca Raton, FL)
Softball (Scrimmage) vs. EKU: Saturday, September 7th, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Volleyball Fleur de Lis Tournament: Saturday, September 7th, 1:30 pm
Volleyball vs. Arizona State: Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 pm
Football vs. Eastern Kentucky: Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 pm
Field Hockey at Michigan State: Sunday, September 8th, 11:00 am (East Lansing, MI)
First Road Test for Men’s Soccer
Just a few days after dominating higher-ranked Kentucky at Lynn Stadium, John Michael Hayden and Co. look to take their first road trip of 2019. The reigning ACC Champs will take on Florida Atlantic, USF, and Syracuse, before heading back home for an ACC tilt against Virginia Tech on September 20th.
Volleyball moves up in the world
Louisville Volleyball moved up in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. They debuted at No. 25 in the preseason poll, and improved to 24th after going 2-1 in the season thus far. Their sole loss was against Florida on August 30th, while beating Texas A&M and Dayton.
Melanie McHenry leads the team with 31 kills. Claire Chaussee is not far behind, with 30. McHenry also has 35 points.
Softball’s Fall Schedule
Louisville Softball will play four fall opponents, starting this weekend. The first games are this Saturday, against the same opponent as football (Did they ride the same bus from Richmond?).
After a 35-23 overall and 12-12 record in ACC play in 2019, the Cardinals look to have a great team again this spring. They return 13 players and 7 starters from last season, including Seniors Caitlin Ferguson and Celene Funke. Both had great seasons, including a massive tear by Funke, who hit .324 with a .903 OPS last season.
From 1927 to 2013, the Louisville Cardinals and Eastern Kentucky Colonels have played 26 times, with Louisville recording an 18-7-1 record. The last time they played was September 7th, 2013. The Cardinals demolished EKU 44-7. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cardinals will look to continue the domination against the leaders in the Ohio Valley Conference.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
There’s a huge sports weekend ahead for the Louisville Cardinals and Bats. Monday, the Louisville Football team kicks off against Notre Dame on National TV. Before Scott Satterfield and Co. take the field, there is plenty of action across multiple sports to keep an eye on. Soccer, Field Hockey and Volleyball are all in action in their respective regular seasons. The Bats also close out their 2019 campaign on Monday at 1.
Here’s what you’ll need to know for this week…
Upcoming Games- Louisville Cardinals
Louisville Field Hockey vs. Indiana, Friday, August 30th, 3:00 pm
Volleyball vs. Dayton vs. Texas A&M, Friday, August 30th, 4:30 pm
Volleyball vs. Florida, Friday, August 30th, 7:00 pm
Men’s Soccer vs. Cleveland State, Friday, August 30th, 7:30 pm
Volleyball vs. Florida vs. Dayton, Saturday, August 31st, 4:30 pm
Volleyball vs. Texas A&M, Saturday, August 31st, 7:00 pm
Field Hockey vs. Massachusetts, Sunday, September 1st, 12:00 pm
Volleyball vs. Dayton, Sunday, September 1st, 1:00 pm
Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern Michigan, September 1st, 7:30 pm
Football vs. Notre Dame, Monday, September 2nd, 8:00 pm
Upcoming- Louisville Bats
Bats at Toledo, Friday, August 30th, 7:05 pm
Bats at Toledo, Saturday, August 31st, 7:05 pm
Bats vs. Indianapolis, Sunday, September 1st, 6:00 pm
Bats vs. Indianapolis, Monday, September 2nd, 1:00 pm
Unrelenting Gauntlet of Games
Think that’s a lot of games? 10 games will take place on Floyd Street over the weekend into Monday. Four minor league baseball games are also left, two in Louisville. Many sports open up this weekend, with only Women’s Soccer carrying an actual regular season record. Two coaches will also debut in regular season: Men’s Soccer’s John Michael Hayden and Football’s Scott Satterfield.
The Louisville Bats also close out 2019, with a fun final couple of weeks. They won a series against Columbus, and will face off against Toledo for two more against the Detroit Tigers top farm club.
O’Grady sees 20/20
Brian O’Grady became the first player in franchise history with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. He became just one of eight minor leaguers to accomplish the feat.
Former Card named to U23 National Team
Former Louisville soccer star Gaby Vincent was named to the US Under-23 National Team this week, and traveled to England for the 2019 Nordic Tournament from August 28th-September 2nd.
She was named second-team United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region as a Louisville Cardinal. The former team captain also earned a roster spot with the Utah Royals this season.
Football Kicks Off!
No matter the expectations, or projections, the start of college football brings excitement to the entire nation. It is no different in the River City. The Cards look to commit a major upset against Notre Dame on Monday, on ESPN, during prime time.
The depth chart was released earlier this week. There were a few surprises, which you can read here. Louisville fans will finally get a look at what the team will look like under new head coach Scott Satterfield.
RCC to feature Tailgate of the Week
Louisville Football fans are known for enjoying a great party before a football game. There are so many great tailgates, River City Cards will feature one tailgate per week with a short article and photo gallery posted on the website and social media.
Want to be featured? All you have to do is Follow River City Cards on Twitter, and respond to the weekly tweet with the name of the tailgate and why it should be featured.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
After defeating Ohio State 2-1 on Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals women’s soccer team won their second game on Sunday. Three goals by three different players propelled Louisville over Morehead State, 3-0; in Louisville’s home opener at Lynn Stadium. The game was also the first in the 2019-2020 Louisville Cardinals athletics regular season.
Louisville owned the shot column, and kept the ball mostly in the attacking side of the field. In fact, Morehead did not get a shot off throughout the game. Louisville’s defense gave Keepers Gabrielle Kouzelos and Lana Batson an easy night. Morehead also committed 13 fouls across all play in the game.
In the 24th minute, Maisie Whitsett scored off an assist from Arianna Ferraro. It was the only goal in the first half. The Cardinals had nine shots in the first half- three of which were saved. Louisville also had eight corner kicks.
Delaney Snyder booted a ball past the goalkeeper off an assist from Emina Ekic in the second, putting Louisville up 2-0. The goal came at the 52:58 mark in the game. Then, Sarah Hernandez scored a goal off an assist from Allison Whitfield in the 63rd minute.
Louisville finished the game with 17 shots, 6 shots on goal, 6 fouls, and 14 corners. Both teams had two offsides.
The Cardinals move to 2-0. They look to continue their undefeated season on Thursday, August 29th, against Saint Louis. The game is at Lynn Stadium at 7:30 pm.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Happy New Year, Louisville Sports fans! Students are back on the Belknap campus, and this weekend marks the return of UofL teams to action. Last night, the Louisville women’s soccer team kicked off the 2019-2020 regular season campaign for Louisville sports.
Many teams are in action this weekend, the ACC’s own TV network launched, and we have more news from the Louisville football squad before they kick off against Notre Dame on September 2nd.
Teams in Action this weekend:
Louisville Field Hockey vs. Alumnae; Saturday, 1:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville Volleyball vs. Miami (OH); Saturday, 3:00pm (Free Admission)
Louisville men’s soccer vs. UAB; Saturday, 7:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville Field Hockey vs. Miami (OH); Sunday, 2:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville women’s soccer vs. Morehead State; Sunday, 2:00 pm (Home Opener)
Faces in new places
John Michael Hayden made his head coaching debut in a pair of exhibition wins this past week; as the team defeated Lipscomb 2-1, and No. 2 Indiana 2-1. According to the United Soccer Coaches poll, Louisville is ranked 14th. Louisville kicks off their regular season next Friday against Cleveland State.
Hayden took over from long-time coach Ken Lolla, after Lolla resigned on December 11th, 2018 after 13 years at Louisville.
ACC Network Launches
At 7:00 pm on Thursday, the ACC Network launched on ESPN’s platform of stations, joining the Big 10, Pac-12, and SEC as conferences with their own networks. All-ACC led off the slate of programming on the network.
The first Louisville team to air on the network is currently listed as the men’s soccer squad. They will take on Georgetown University at 7:00 pm on September 24th.
Quality control coach Cortney Braswell is back with the Louisville Cardinals after theft charges in Tennessee were dropped. Braswell was placed on paid administrative leave since his June arrest. Hamilton County (TN) judge Barry A. Steelman dismissed the charge.
Braswell said “I look forward to continuing my work with Cardinal Football.”
The Cardinals also released Muhammad Ali alternate uniforms this week. The uniforms feature a similar typeface and wordmark to the Men’s and Women’s basketball Ali tribute uniforms that debuted last season. The white uniforms feature a black rounded “Louisville” wordmark on the front, black and white numbers on the front and back of the jersey, white pants, and a white helmet with the Cardinal bird logo outlined in black.
There isn't a timeline for the Ali uniforms to debut. September 2nd is a blackout against Notre Dame.
--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville lacrosse defeated Butler 15-5 on Wednesday afternoon to earn their second win of the season. Alex McNicholas scored a game-high four goals.
The Cards raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first four and a half minutes by four different players and never looked back. Louisville held a 9-1 lead before a couple late goals by Butler before halftime cut into the lead. Right before the buzzer sounded for halftime Caroline Blalock fired a shot into the back of the net for a 10-3 lead.
Louisville scored the first three goals of the second half before Butler went back-to-back on goals. The Cards would on to score the final two goals of the half, winning the period 5-2, and ultimately the game.
With the win, Louisville improves to 2-5 on the season. They return home to the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday at noon, when they host Duke.
--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Louisville softball opened their home season at Ulmer Stadium in the Cardinal Classic this weekend. Due to poor weather conditions the schedule was altered to just Friday and Saturday. The Cards were not phased as they went 4-0 on the weekend.
Friday, March 1
Louisville 7, Indiana State 1
Game one started at 10:30 a.m., and saw wind chills below freezing. The Cards didn't warm up until the sixth inning, where a six-run inning became the difference in the game.
The Sycamores scored their only run in the first after loading the bases with a pair of hits and a walk. Megan Hensley hit a batter to send a run home, but worked out of the jam after. The Cards put together a couple hits in the second to even the score. Aggressive base running forced throwing errors in the sixth along with some well-timed hits broke open the game and the Cards never looked back.
Hensley (2-1) worked through four innings and one run for the win. Taylor Roby closed out the final three innings for her first save on the season.
Louisville 5, Missouri 3
The Tigers came into the weekend ranked 26th in the RPI and the Cards rallied late to pull off the upset. All of Louisville's runs came in the back half of the game.
Missouri raced out to a 3-0 lead off of infield hits and a dropped fly ball in the outfield in the second inning. The Cards answered with two runs in the fourth highlighted by Caitlin Ferguson's triple. Rebecca Chung launched a home run to the top of the ledge in right center to give Louisville a lead in the sixth and a base hit up the middle added a safety net.
Danielle Watson (4-4) threw a full game and limited Mizzou to five hits and three runs on the game.
Saturday, March 2
Louisville 3, Indiana State 0
In a rematch from the first game, the Cards went on to take the second game as well.
Similar to their first two games, Louisville took some time to get going on offense, scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning. Ferguson hit a two-run shot to left field, which would have gone into the street had their not been a net up, and Kyra Snyder doubled later in the inning to drive in the other run.
Taylor Roby (4-1) pitched a full game that featured only five Indiana State players reaching base.
Louisville 3, IUPUI 0
The final game of the Cardinal Classic featured the hosts against the Jaguars. Louisville won a second straight shutout victory.
Maddy Newman hit a sac fly for the first run of the game in the second inning and the speedy Sidney Melton beat out a throw to first to drive in a run a few batters later for an early lead. Hensley's hit to left field in the top of the seventh drove in Celene Funke, who had previously doubled to get into scoring position.
Hensley (3-1) surrendered three hits and a walk in a full game pitched.
The weekend puts the Cards at 11-6 on the year. They host Lipscomb on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., before heading to Auburn for the War Eagle Challenge over the weekend.
By Jared Anderson
File Photo by Jared Anderson
2019 is the beginning of the Holly Aprile Era for Louisville softball. Aprile is just the second coach in program history after coming from Pittsburgh.
The season started off with a mini-tournament in Fullerton, CA., where the Cards played five games in a span of 48 hours.
Friday, Feb. 8
Idaho State 3, Louisville 0
Early season jitters seemed present in a game where the Cards committed five errors and did not score a run. Louisville finished with seven hits, but left all runners stranded. Megan Hensley (0-1) took the loss after pitching a full game and surrendering three runs (one earned) on six hits. The senior struck out 10 while giving up no walks.
Louisville 9, Cal State Fullerton 0 (5 innings)
Later that day, Louisville's offense got hot as they run-ruled the host team for their first win of the season. The Cards capitalized on six walks and two errors by the Titans despite just six hits. Danielle Watson (1-0) pitched the full game for the win with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Louisville 10, Buffalo 0 (5 innings)
Louisville recorded its second straight run-rule win, claiming the victory in four and a half innings. A combination of 11 hits and four errors by Buffalo helped the Cards do most of their damage in the first three innings. Celene Funke and Caitlin Ferguson each tripled in the win. Freshman Taylor Roby (1-0) got the win, recording 10 strikeouts and three walks.
Northwestern 1, Louisville 0
This pitcher's duel came down to the wire with the Wildcats scoring the only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning on a sac fly. The two teams combined for four hits and the Cards struck out a whopping 13 times at the plate. Watson (1-1) took the loss on a full game where she struck out six and walked four.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Louisville 7, Utah State 5
Hits were frequent in a heavy offensive outing with the Cards winning the hits battle 11-10. Ferguson highlighted the offense with a home run and five rbi's and helped lead the charge when the Cards went up 7-0 early on. Roby (2-0) tossed the first five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. Hensley (S1) got her first save of the year after closing out the final two innings and allowing one run.
The opening weekend does not make or break a season, nor can you define the year on it. It is designed to play as different rotations to see how players handle in-game action.
Three pitchers saw a fair amount of time on the mound and all three handled it well. The trio surrendered 20 hits over a five-game span with 10 of those coming in the final game. They struck out 42 batters and walked none. For a program that has struggled in recent years with consistent pitching the first weekend was a bright spot for the bullpen.
Softball is a game where offenses can be hot one game and ice cold the next, which was apparent over the weekend. Louisville has proven it can score almost at will at times, but also showed it can go silent just as quick. The best teams find ways to get runners across the plate in low-scoring games, something the Cards will need to figure out.
Louisville travels to Chapel Hill for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this coming weekend before going to Knoxville for a five-game affair in the Tennessee Classic. Their home opener is set for Friday, March 1 in the Cardinal Classic.