--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.