--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.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by River City Cards Staff
In a few hours, 2018 will officially conclude. It had been a wild year for many, marked with wide success and shortfall.
Here’s how 2018 will be remembered:
The UofL women’s basketball team was the brightest moment of the year. They finished 36-3, after coming up short against Mississippi State in the NCAA Final Four. The loss was aided by a blown call by the officials that would have sent the Cardinals to the line. Jeff Walz and Co. weren’t too shabby. They beat national-champion Notre Dame… twice. The first time was a a 100-67 rout on January 11th, and the second was to win the ACC. Louisville opened the year 20-0, assisted by Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen.
Louisville field hockey keeper Ayeisha McFerran was a member of the Irish National Team, and was one of the best keepers in the world. This year, she allowed only 1.24 goals per game.
Numerous coaching hires such as Chris Mack, softball coach Holly Aprile, soccer coach John Michael Hayden and football coach Scott Satterfield made 2018 a busy year for Vince Tyra and the UofL athletics committee personnel committee.
River City Cards also covered a non-UofL sport for the first time in 2018, taking on the Louisville Bats. While the Bats record at the end of the season was not good, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel looked like the real deal, before he ended the season on the disabled list.
2018 was also the first year of the Bluegrass World Series. The tournament featured collegiate summer wood-bat teams taking on a team comprised of former Major-League gems, who were managed by Reds legend Johnny Bench.
2018 was a disappointing year for Louisville football. Bobby Petrino and company went 2-8, before Petrino was axed. The Brian VanGorder defense allowed more than 50 points on seven occasions.
While early in the search for a new head coach, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm was a hot name. Most of the nation was stunned when Brohm opted to remain in West Lafayette.
Tyra still made a good hire, tabbing Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield to take the reins.
Mississippi State ended numerous Louisville sports. The Cardinals lost to the Bulldogs in the Men’s NIT, the women’s basketball Final Four, and TaxSlayer Bowl (It took place close enough to 2018). The Bulldogs were also tied to Dan McDonnell for their head coaching search. Luckily, Louisville won McDonnell.
Cardinal Stadium’s expansion opened during Week Two, and brought the stadium full-circle. A 2-10 year was not the way to bring it in the right way. The new addition also brought out how badly the seats needed to be replaced in the rest of the stadium.
Long-time Louisville men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla resigned in early December. He stated it was time to seek new challenges after leading the Cardinals on the pitch for 13 seasons.
2018 was a memorable year. Only time will tell what 2019 is like.
Happy New year!
--By River City Cards staff
Today is a day for thanks. While we take a break from UofL sports today; and spend time with family; we at River City Cards say thanks:
Seth Spalding, photographer
This Thanksgiving, there is a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity to shoot many games for River City Cards.
Also, let’s not forget one of River City Card’s most valuable athletes; as they will be working hard with major weight training and a regiment of stretches that are sure to make your stomach hurt.
Of course, I’m talking about the one true hot dog eating king…. myself! I represented RCC in the Louisville Bat's first-ever hot dog eating contest. I am thankful to Mike and Jared for putting me up to it. I am thankful for all the well wishes during my recovery.
Kevin Kernen, soccer correspondent
I'm thankful for having such a great university to both cover and attend, for colleagues I work with at RCC and UofL and to be able to grow as a writer
Jared Anderson, senior photographer
I’m thankful for the opportunities to shoot the University of Louisville’s 21 Division I sports. Being able to photograph prime-time games when the Cardinals plays the top teams in the country is quite an honor. I’m thankful for great crews I work with at both River City Cards and Cardinal Couple.
Mike Gilpatrick, editor
I personally have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. For starters, I am thankful to work with some of the best writers and photographers in Louisville sports media. Second, I am thankful for the 50 random photos on Jared’s camera every game that I need to cycle through for decent action shots.
On a more serious note, I am also thankful to all of the readers River City Cards has. You are the reason we keep this site up. Please enjoy today, and time with family. And remember those that cannot be home for Thanksgiving.
While today is for Turkey, dressing, and Pumpkin Pie, tomorrow is still rivalry week for Kentucky vs. Louisville.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding
The Louisville Cardinals hosted their first ever Louisville Live event at Fourth Street Live on Friday evening. It gave fans their first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both teams were introduced, and included an abundance of fan giveaways, team activities, and a three-point competition.
The 2018-19 women’s basketball team entered first, and when they took the half-court, the crowd went wild. The biggest cheer came for Chris Mack, after the men’s basketball team was introduced.
Louisville Live was what the program, fan base, and basketball world needed. The past few years were plagued with scandal and coaching changes. But now, the Cardinals enter the Chris Mack era. Fans welcomed Mack to the city.
Jordan Nwora also won an exhibition three-point contest. The event was also attended by four-star center Aidan Igiehon; who was welcomed by the entirety of the 7,500 fans there. The big man is 36th on ESPN’s 100 recruiting rankings. If Igeihon commits, he will add to Mack’s already No. 2 recruiting class.
Louisville Live built support for the men’s and women’s basketball team. The men’s team hosts Bellarmine on October 28th at 2pm, as their first exhibition game. The women start the season in Bowling Green, KY; facing the Hilltoppers on Tuesday, November 6th. A gametime has yet to be announced.
--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball continued their four-game road trip with a victory at Georgia Tech 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17). The victory is the third straight conference win for the Cards.
Megan Sloan posted 12 kills and Emily Scott has a career high 11 kills as the Cards easily handled Georgia Tech. Sloan also added three blocks and Scott posted a team-best six blocks. Amanda Green finished with five blocks and Piper Roe added three.
Louisville tallied seven aces on the night, led by three by Melanie McHenry. Also, on the offensive side Wilma Rivera contributed 34 assists to help with the .356 kill percentage.
The back row still is finding its rhythm after the loss of Alexis Hamilton. Molly Sauer powered the defense with 15 digs and had helped from Rivera's nine and McHenry's six.
Louisville improves to 10-4 on the year with a 3-0 conference mark. They wrap up their road trip on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Clemson. The Cards then return home for their first ACC home match of the year against Duke on Friday, Oct. 5. The match is the same night as Louisville football vs Georgia Tech. Please plan for traffic and parking accordingly.