by Jared Anderson
Louisville field hockey opened their season at home with a two-game series against Duke. The Cards took both wins, 3-0 and 3-1.
Last year's offensive star, Mercedes "Mechi" Pastor scored the first goal of the season in the second quarter. The senior took in a pass from Mattie Tabor and took a shot from dead center in front of the cage to the post and past the Duke goalkeeper.
Coming out of halftime, Louisville jumped on top of the Blue Devils with two scores in a 2:25 span.
Minna Tremonti sent a pass across the cage to an open Charlie van Oirschot, who scored her first career goal.
Pastor added to her totals with a second score moments later. Madison Walsh took a shot that was defended by Duke's Piper Hampsch, but Pastor was in the right place to knock the rebound in.
Louisville outshot Duke 10-5, and had seven shots on goal.
Keeper Hollyn Barr recorded a shutout that featured three saves.
In game two, Louisville took the win in similar fashion.
Erica Cooper scored with less than a minute remaining until halftime after a blocked shot by Pastor.
Duke would answer moments later with the equalizer as the Louisville defense got caught offguard.
Louisville regained the lead in the third quarter after the ball ended up by the stick of Katie Schneider following a scramble for the ball in the circle.
Emilia Kaczmarczyk scored her first goal four minutes later off a penalty corner. Alli Bitting sent the ball into play to Meghan Schneider, who set Kaczmarczyk up with a perfect shot.
Barr saw four shots on goal and saved three of them, moving her total to six on the year.
Only the first game of the series counted in terms of conference play. The Cards finished the weekend 2-0 with a 1-0 start in the ACC.
They remain home this weekend when they host North Carolina and Boston College.
Louisville women's soccer opened their season at Miami, and walked away with a 3-0 win.
The Cards took no time picking up where they left off last year. Emina Ekic found Delaney Snyder in the box, who juked the Miami goalkeeper for an open net just 6:30 into the match.
Ekic dribbled up the pitch and sent a shot across the box for her first goal of the year to put the Cards up at the 15' mark.
A little over four minutes later, Ekic was at it again. She fought through defenders with strong maneuvering to get a shot off the left foot into the right corner of the net.
Louisville would take the 3-0 lead into halftime and never relinquish it.
The second half remained quiet as each team swapped out players to rest starters and get in-game experience for the bench. Each team saw a couple good looks, but no one managed a shot on goal.
Gabby Kouzelous started the season with a shutout, a good start to another bid for a season over sub-1.00 goals per match.
Louisville starts the season 1-0 and will travel to Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.