--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
With all fall sports in the full swing of things every weekend is jam-packed full of events to choose from. Some teams are at home for conference play while others hit the road. Here are a few highlighted games to keep an eye out for:
Football @ Virginia (Saturday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m.)
The subpar start to the season has fans worried on the outcome of this year, but two of the three games have resulted in victories thus far. Louisville will face its first true road game of the year and kicks off its conference schedule with a visit to Charlottesville.
Virginia is 2-1, winning both home games by a combined 43 points, and lost at Indiana 20-16. The Cavaliers offense is boom or bust, which could play in favor of the Cards. Virginia's defense has been poor in recent years and that appears to be the case in 2018.
Malik Cunningham is getting his first start under center and Dae Williams has become the frontrunner for the running backs corps. Now it's time for the receivers to stop the trash talk and make an impact.
Field Hockey @ Wake Forest (Friday, Sept 21, 7:00 p.m.)
The ACC is known for being a dominant conference. Despite having just seven teams at least five have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years including six last year. #7 Louisville is coming off wins against the #9 and #11 teams in the country last weekend and Justine Sowry's squad is eager to get their first road win in the ACC this year.
The Demon Deacons have had a rough start to the year, en route to their worst season since 2012. A 3-4 start can appear deceiving with Wake Forest having faced four teams in the top 20 already. Their offense is a hit-or-miss crew that can put up four goals just as easily as they can be held to zero.
This game will come down to two offenses that have their good and bad moments. Louisville's advantage is having one of the best players in the word at goalkeeper in senior Ayeisha McFerran. These two teams battled it out with the Cards claiming a 3-2 win in a shootout last season at Trager Stadium.
Volleyball @ North Carolina (Sunday, Sept 23, 1:00 p.m.)
UNC has owned the Cards lately in volleyball, winning four of the last five match-ups. The only win for Louisville came in a 3-2 thriller late last season to help keep Louisville on pace to win the ACC. This will be the beginning of conference play for the Cards and another road trip, where Louisville is currently 3-3.
North Carolina has had a rough start to 2018. The Tar Heels are 4-5 with three losses to top 25 opponents. They ae familiar with close sets and matches and have the early season experience to fight through tough situations.
Louisville doesn't have the energy from last year and is looking for their spark to make a run. The Cards had a poor non-conference record last year and blew up in ACC play, winning the conference. This season could set up to be the same. Senior Jasmine Bennett is third in Division 1 in hitting percentage this tear at .467. Her single-game high this year is .778 against Chattanooga.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Image by Jared Anderson
The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals celebrated National Field Hockey Day by hosting No. 9 Boston College. Louisville was able to get away with a narrow 1-0 victory in the last seconds of the game.
Both teams were tied at the half. They each had the same number of shots. B/M Frederique Haverals had both shots for Boston College. F/M Biz Allgeier and F Katie Schneider had the shots for Louisville. Both of Louisville’s shots were on goal.
Louisville’s defense performed well. They only allowed one shot on goal, which was saved by Ayeisha McFerran, and prevented four corners from converting.
Louisville opened the second half aggressive. The Cards had six shots, three on goal, and two corners within the first eight minutes.
Louisville narrowly missed a goal with around 16 minutes left in regulation. The entire stadium believed that the Cardinals had a goal, but it was officially called a blocked shot by Sarah Dwyer. The ball apparently did not cross the line.
With six minutes left, Boston College began getting a few shots on McFerran and Louisville. McFerran saved three consecutive within a minute. BC had five shots overall.
The Cardinals had a corner at the end of regulation. The first attempt in the circle resulted in another corner. The next resulted in another corner. Then, on the third shot, Bethany Russ hit a shot that went past Dwyer, and prevented the game from going into overtime.
Louisville moves to 6-2. They host #11 Northwestern on Sunday at noon. The game is at Trager Stadium.
--By Jared Anderson
--File photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball continued the solid start to their season by going 2-1 at the Purdue Tournament, finishing behind the host. Their record moves to 6-3 following the weekend.
Game One: Louisville 3, Lipscomb 1 (25-20, 25-14, 28-30, 25-23)
The Cards dominated the first half before wearing down in the second half. Melanie McHenry led all scorers with 17 kills and received help from Jasmine Bennett's 14 kills and Megan Sloan's 10 kills. Molly Sauer recorded an impressive five aces. Freshman Emily Scott led the defense with seven blocks.
Game Two: Louisville 3, Xavier 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-14)
The Cards recorded their fifth sweep in six wins, easily defeating Xavier. McHenry finished with 15 kills and was assisted by Claire Chaussee's eight kills. Wilma Rivera recorded 28 assists on the match and Sauer finished with nine digs.
Game Three: #19 Purdue 3, Louisville 2 (25-23, 17-25, 28-26, 13-25, 15-10)
Host Purdue held on to beat Louisville in a barnburner. Louisville's two victories in the match were by a large margin while the three sets they lost all stayed close. McHenry had another 17 kill outing and Sloan added 14. Rivera finished the match with a whopping 46 assists. Sauer was credited with 30 digs and had help from McHenry's 18.
The two-week road trip resulted in a 3-3 record with all losses coming to ranked opponents (#4 Florida, #7 USC, #19 Purdue) and all wins coming by sweep or 3-1. They return home to a sold out Cardinal Arena when they host Kentucky on Friday at 7:00 p.m. They then host Chattanooga on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., wrapping up shortly before the football game against Western Kentucky kicks off.
By Jared Anderson
Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball (3-0) wasted no time in dismantling opponents en route to a Cardinal Classic Championship. The Cardinals swept Tennessee-Martin, Southern Illinois, and IUPUI all in about a 30-hour span.
Louisville defeated Tennessee-Martin 25-7, 25-17, and 25-12. They defeated Southern Illinois 25-10, 25-19, and 25-13. They defeated IUPUI 25-14, 25-12, 25-23.
In their first two matches, Louisville ht a few small bumps in the road in their second set. However, down the stretch they pulled. In their final match, the Cards trailed 18-11 in the third set before racing back to earn the sweep.
The Cards finished w=the weekend with 132 kills, opposed to opponents' 71. Louisville also finished with just 29 errors against opposing teams' 54 errors.
The three seniors on the team- Molly Sauer, Jasmine Bennett, and Wilma Rivera- earned All-Cardinal Classic Tournament Team honors.
Louisville hits the road for the next two weeks. Over Labor Day they will face ranked opponents Florida and USC in Gainesville while facing a tough Central Florida team in Orlando, just minutes down the road from Camping World Stadium where UofL football is set to face Alabama.
Their next home game will be against rival Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 14.
By Jared Anderson
Photo by Jared Anderson
No. 8 Louisville Field Hockey fell 3-2 in overtime to No. 24 Ohio State in Louisville's home opener. The Buckeyes rallied back in the second half to tie the game before claiming the win 90 seconds into overtime.
Mercedes Pastor put the Cards on the board in the 15th minute with her first career goal after receiving a rebound along the sideline and dribbled into the circle for an open shot.
Two minutes later, Erica Cooper scored her first career goal as well as she led a fast break down the pitch and sent her shot flying into the corner of the goal, just out of reach of the Ohio State goalkeeper.
After halftime, the Buckeyes came back. They scored their first goal off of a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. They evened the score with just over two minutes in regulation off of a shot across the circle into the goal.
In overtime, Ohio State gained possession first and capitalized with the sudden death goal to end the game.
The Cards drop to 1-1 and hit the road to face UMass-Lowell at a neutral site on Sept. 1.
--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Senior wide receiver Jaylen Smith continues his recovery following an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 3. His recovery, which originally projected him to miss the first two games of the regular season, has been quicker than that. Smith could be back as soon as the opening game against Alabama on Sept. 1.
Louisville's leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns from a year ago returned to practice on Aug. 21. He participated in drills, but was limited to no contact. Coach Bobby Petrino says that they will see how Smith progresses over the remainder of the week before having him participate in contact drills.
Once Smith is back to 100% and on the field, the offense should pick up. Jawon Pass will have key weapons in Smith, Dez Fitzpatrick, and Seth Dawkins this year.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville
Team USA just struck Gold.
The Americans, coached by UofL women's basketball head coach Jeff Walz, defeated Canada 84-60 in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship to win their 10th gold medal, and sixth against Canada.
Walz's squad trailed by four at the end of the first period. Canada finished the period on a 6-2 run.
The US pulled ahead in the second. They outscored Canada 25-13. In the third, the scoring was even more lopsided. The US led 64-40 heading into the last period. Both teams scored the same amount in the fourth.
Four Americans were in the double-digits scoring. They were led by Nalyssa Smith, with 18 points. Christyn Williams, Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker, and Ashley Jones were also in the double-digits. Smith also was tied for the team lead in rebounds.
The US leads the Americas in the tournament. The only other county to have a gold medal is Brazil. The Brazilian's two gold medals resulted in US silver medals.
Louisville tips off their 2018-19 campaign against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green on Tuesday, November 6th. They play their first game in Louisville on Monday, Nov. 26th.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Team USA will go for the gold.
Team USA, coached by UofL women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz will face off against Canada in the FIBA Women’s U18 gold medal game tonight.
Walz’s squad defeated Columbia 83-47 on Monday. The win was partially due to a 17-0 run in the second quarter. It gave the Americans momentum. It was kicked off by a three from Ashley Joens, who committed to Iowa State. Five points were from Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, OH). Two threes were also from Rhyne Howard.
The USA led 42-26 at halftime. Columbia cut the game to 11 points in the third with 4:54 left, but USA outscored Columbia 7-1 to close out the quarter.
“It was a great basketball game” Walz said, “We knew it was going to be competitive, and it was the one that we needed, because we needed to understand when you have breakdowns.”
Jenna Brown (Stanford/Smyrna, GA) led scoring with 17 points. Joens and Howard finished with 14, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Connecticut/Winder, GA) had 12.
“I thought that group out that was out there four us at the end of the first half really gave us the boost we needed, and then we were able to continue. It’s something we have to learn from and continue to grow, and hopefully take another step tomorrow night.”
Canada is second in points, fourth in field goal shooting, fourth in assists, and second in efficiency. Christina Morra leads the team with 14.8 points/game. She is tied for third in the tournament. Canada is ranked fourth worldwide.
Canada faced Columbia, El Salvador, and Mexico in group play. They defeated Columbia 73-49, El Salvador 81-52, and Mexico 65-54. A strong 22-7 first quarter put them ahead against Chile in the quarterfinals, with a final score of 98-52, and 15 points, 14 boards, and two assists led Canada against Argentina in the Semifinals. Four players scored double-digits in the 77-71 win to advance to the semifinals.
The game will be at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, in Mexico City at 9:30 pm. The game will be on Facebook.
Louisville Bats starting pitcher Robert Stephenson was named the International League pitcher of the week for the week of July 23rd-29th.
He started two games, and went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings. He gave up only three hits, and the two runs were off a two-run home run surrendered in yesterday's 3-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings.
In July, Stephenson is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts. This season, he is 10-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 starts.
Stephenson previously won the award in the week of July 27th-August 2nd, 2015.
The University of Louisville Women's basketball team announced its 2018-19 non-conference schedule Tuesday.
Jeff Walz's squad will face nine opponents that reached the tournament last season. Seven won more than 20 games, and six made the NCAA Tournament.
The Cards open the season against Western Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. The game will be on the road. Louisville won't be at the KFC Yum! Center for the first five games.
They'll play UT Chattanooga on Nov. 9th, Boise State Nov. 19th, and Arizona State along with Hartford in the South Point Shootout Nov. 23rd-24th.
The Cards will play their first game in the Yum! on November 26th against Miami of Ohio. Then, Nebraska will come to town for the ACC/B1G challenge. Tennessee State will come to Louisville on December 2nd, UT Martin on the 4th, and Kentucky on the 9th. Northern Kentucky will end the non-conference homestand on December 15th.
The Cards will head to Central Michigan on December 20th, before beginning ACC Play.
One of the best opponents will be on January 31st, when Louisville hosts the Connecticut Huskies.