Through the mix of all the success from the U of L sports sometimes we forget about things over here. The Louisville women's soccer team concluded their season a month ago. They finished the year 7-7-4 and 2-5-3 in the ACC, 10th place in the conference.
The Cards closed the season 0-5-2 after starting off 7-2-2 and a Top 25 ranking.
The offense went from hot, hot, hot to not, not, not. Louisville had three straight 4-0 victories early on, but only scored eight goals during their entire ACC schedule- a total of 10 matches.
Defensively the Cards struggled a majority of the season. They allowed 20 goals, compared to scoring 27 on the year. The transition around midfield typically gave opposing offenses and advantage and left the defensive line scrambling to cover a plethora off opposing players. Goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin had a tough time against aggressive offenses, as she would come out from the post and shots would fall in just out of reach.
Who is leaving Hannah Harris- Harris saw little playing time after being injured in the middle of her career and played a leadership role from the bench.
Andie Laken- Laken came in from Vanderbilt to use her last year of eligibility. She didn't play much, but provided a huge spark when she came in.
Caroline Kimble- Kimble's playing time went down this season, but is well-known for her game-winning goal against #1 North Carolina in 2015. Kimble was with the Cards all four years and produced some big plays for the Cards.
Mhairi Fyfe- Fyfe transferred in from overseas to spend her senior season with Louisville. The forward saw playing time early in the season before taking a backseat role in ACC play.
Taylor Bucklin- Bucklin was the starting goalkeeper for the Cards the past couple seasons. She has been a big leader for U of L through her leadership and n-field performance.
Coaching Karen Ferguson-Dayes has been with Louisville for 16 seasons now. She has built the program up over the years and has seen the NCAA Tournament four times. However, recent seasons have left fans a little skeptical of if Ferguson-Dayes has plateaued as a coach for Louisville. A disappointing 2015 season was highlighted only by an upset of North Carolina. The 2016 year started strong before declining in the back half of the year.
Natalie Gorman has been with Louisville for nearly a decade now as an assistant coach. Gorman has improved as a coach and could be a potential head coach at a program in the near future.
Rade Tanaskovic is still new with the Cards and has been the goalkeeper coach in his short couple of years. Tanaskovic has professional experience and should continue improving goalkeepers, such as expected 2017 starter Tori Gabor.
Players to watch for next year Victoria "Tori" Gabor- With Bucklin leaving Gabor is expected to get the start next season. She played in a handful of games this year and has recorded a few saves.
Arianna Ferraro- Ferraro stepped up as one of the best players for the Cards late in the year. Her ball control is strong and can prove to be fatal to opponents wen left one-on-one in the open field.
Inger Katrine Bjerke- Bjerke is a rising senior and was captain this past season. She has been a leader o the defensive line and will help guide a more experienced Cardinal 11 next year.
Alison Price- Price is a rising senior as well and has been a big part of the midfield. She has disrupted opposing teams all season, but constantly takes big hits due to her aggressiveness. If Price stays healthy she'll play a vital role next season.
What to expect This year's team was young and lacked experience in many positions. The Cards have some good talent on the team and could be a Top 25 team in 2017.