Louisville Soccer Hosts Memphis Tonight

The 24th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team continues its four-match homestand at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium with a midweek visit from Memphis on Tuesday at 7 p.m., ET. Live video of the match will be available to subscribers of CardsTV, while live stats will be provided through GoCards.com.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS
Louisville, ranked 24th in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25, enters the fifth week of the regular season with a 3-2-2 record overall after playing to a 1-1 draw against ACC foe Virginia Tech on Friday night. Leading the way for head coach Ken Lolla‘s club through the first seven matches is freshman Tate Schmitt, who has a team-high three goals and two assists, while juniors Andrew Brody and Daniel Johnson have two goals each. The Cardinals have also received goals from Shane Campbell, Tim Kubel, Danny Reynolds and Ben Strong.

ABOUT THE TIGERS
Memphis enters Tuesday’s match at 0-4-1 overall after playing to a scoreless draw at Kentucky in its last outing on Sept. 12. The Tigers have scored just one goal on the season with Mason Morise finding the net in a 3-1 loss to UAB on Aug. 28. Last season, the Tigers were 9-7-2 overall and finished fifth in the American Conference with a 3-4-1 league mark.

SERIES SNAPSHOT
Louisville won the last meeting between the two programs, a 2-1 triumph in Memphis in an American Conference matchup in 2013. Overall, the Tigers hold a 13-7-1 edge in the series, which dates back to 1983. The Cardinals are 4-4-0 all-time at home against the Tigers, who are making their first visit to Louisville since earning a 4-3 overtime win on Aug. 25, 2006 at Cardinal Park.

LOUISVILLE NOTES AND TRENDS…
• The Cardinals are 3-2-1 at home this season and 10-5-4 overall at Lynn Stadium since its opening prior to the 2014 season.
• Having already split a pair of matchups against ranked foes (win over No. 15 Kentucky, loss to No. 8 Stanford), the Cardinals are also slated to play at No. 2 UNC, at No. 3 Virginia, No. 8 Wake Forest, at No. 9 Clemson and No. 22 NC State.
• Four freshmen — Ricardo Oliveros, Danny Reynolds, Tate Schmitt and Johnathon Wright — have started matches this season for Louisville. Reynolds has started all seven matches on the backline.
• Junior Andrew Brody and sophomore Tim Kubel lead the Cardinals with eight career goals each. Both players tallied goals in last Tuesday’s home loss to Saint Louis.
• Brody also leads the Cardinals with 49 career starts — highlighted by 22 last season and 20 as a freshman in 2013.
• Louisville team captains for 2015 are senior Ben Strong, junior Romilio Hernandez and Kubel.

LOUISVILLE TO HOST HISPANIC HERITAGE NIGHT ON SEPT. 25
The University of Louisville men’s soccer program will host Hispanic Heritage Night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m., ET as the Cardinals face ACC foe NC State.

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Cardinals will recognize and celebrate the Latino culture in America and the inspiring individuals of the past who worked for the advancement of the Hispanic community. The Latino community is a growing and dignified group in the United States and has made progress in all areas including business, politics, education, athletics, music, and entertainment, and has successfully fused itself within the culture of America.

Louisville’s 2015 roster features six players with Hispanic heritage – senior Jerry Ramirez, junior Romilio Hernandez and freshmen Oliver Calvo, Eric Izaguirre, Ricardo Oliveros and Max Stiegwardt. Friday’s festivities will be a celebration of tradition, heritage, and soccer as the Cardinals continue their 2015 slate.

During Friday’s match, the Louisville men’s soccer program will honor and recognize the University of Louisville Hispanic Latino Faculty and Staff Association, which advises the President and the University of Louisville community on the nature of issues and needs confronting the Hispanic/Latino Faculty, Staff, and Students in the University. The HLFSA also provides assistance in evaluating University programs as they pertain to the Hispanic/Latino community, provides input to University and City of Louisville officials and assists the Hispanic/Latino community to make the University system more accessible. More information on the HLFSA is available online at https://louisville.edu/hlfsa/hispanic-latino-faculty-and-staff-association.

JOHNSON NAMED ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON SEPT. 15
Louisville junior midfielder Daniel Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 15 marking the first ACC weekly honor for the Cardinals this season. Johnson, who shared the honor with Duke’s Jeremy Ebobisse, connected for his first two goals as a Cardinal scoring once in the Sept. 8 win over No. 15 Kentucky and again in the 1-1 draw at Syracuse on Sept. 11. A native of Duluth, Georgia, Johnson scored in the 28th minute of Louisville’s 2-0 home triumph over the rival Wildcats. Three nights later, the Maryland transfer delivered his second tally of the week connecting on the game-tying goal at Syracuse inside the final 65 seconds of the first half of the Cardinals’ ACC opener.

LOUISVILLE SOCCER TICKET INFORMATION
Season tickets start as low as $45 and can be purchased by calling the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office at (502) 852-0120 or (502) 852-5151. Season tickets for 2015 include every regular season home match for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Single match tickets are also on sale through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. Reserved chairback tickets are set at $12 for adults and $6 for youth. Fans can purchase online throughwww.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (502) 852-5151 or in-person at the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office located at Gate 2 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets can also be purchased on match days at Lynn Stadium starting one hour prior to kickoff.

Women’s Basketball Announces League Schedule

Eight regionally or nationally televised broadcasts highlight the University of Louisville women’s basketball program’s 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule that the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Arguably the top conference for women’s basketball, the ACC saw eight schools earn bids to the NCAA Tournament and a league-record five advance to last year’s NCAA Sweet 16, the most of any conference that year and a figure that tied for the second-most by a league in tournament history.

Fans interested in obtaining season tickets are encouraged to visit GoCards.com/WBBTickets or call (502) GO-CARDS for more information.

The Cardinals, who compiled a 12-4 mark in their inaugural season in the ACC in 2014-15, open the slate against Elite Eight participant Florida State on Jan. 1 on ESPNU at 4 p.m. The Seminoles finished the year ranked seventh in the final Associated Press Poll.

Following a road trip to Georgia Tech on Jan. 3, Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center for contests against Virginia Tech (Jan. 7) and Duke (Jan. 10). Television coverage between the Cardinals and Blue Devils will be announced a later date.

Louisville then begins a three-game swing on the road, its longest span away from home, with a Jan. 14 matchup at Virginia. Louisville and NC State tangle on Jan. 17 in Raleigh, N.C., before the Cardinals fly north a week later to play at Syracuse on ESPN3 on Jan. 25.

Closing out January, Louisville plays host to Clemson on Jan. 28 and Wake Forest on Jan. 31. The Cardinals beat both programs last year, registering an 81-49 victory over the Tigers and a 79-68 win at the Demon Deacons.

Louisville starts the eight-game month of February at North Carolina, tipping off against the Tar Heels at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The programs met twice last year – both resulting in Louisville victories. The Cardinals won on their home court 75-66 and then, in one of the most thrilling games of the ACC Tournament, outlasted North Carolina 77-75 in overtime.

In one of the most anticipated games of the season, Louisville welcomes national runner-up Notre Dame on Feb. 7 for the Cardinals’ 11th home game of the year. It is the Fighting Irish’s first trip to Louisville since 2012. The contest will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 at a time later to be announced.

Louisville plays Pittsburgh twice during the month, first on the road on Feb. 11 and then at home to close the season on Feb. 28, a contest that will air on ACC’s Regional Sports Network. Between that timeframe, the Cardinals play host to Virginia – Louisville’s other repeat opponent – on Feb. 18 and then take part in consecutive road games at Boston College (Feb. 21) and Miami (Feb. 25).

The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, held at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., runs from March 2-6.

Louisville is coming off its sixth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history under head coach Jeff Walz, the winningest coach in school history. All-Americans Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen headline the returnees from last year’s 27-7 team, coupled with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.

Women’s Basketball to Be a Part of Big Monday

Another year, another ESPN2 Big Monday broadcast on the schedule for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s contest against South Florida on Feb. 15 in the KFC Yum! Center will be part ofRivalry Week and ESPN2’s Big Monday package, ESPN announced Thursday afternoon.

The two programs, which each ranked in Athlon Sports Magazine’s and Lindy’s preseason top 25, have faced each other 31 times. Louisville, boasting a 27-4 mark against its former conference rival, defeated USF 60-52 in the third round of last year’s NCAA Tournament in Tampa. Myisha Hines-Allen scored 12 points, and Mariya Moore added 11, while the Bulls’ Courtney Williams netted a game-high 25 points.

Fans interested in obtaining season tickets are encouraged to visit GoCards.com/WBBTickets or call (502) GO-CARDS for more information.

Louisville, which opens its season on Nov. 15 at home against California, is coming off its sixth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history under head coach Jeff Walz, the winningest coach in school history. All-Americans Moore and Hines-Allen headline the returnees from last year’s 27-7 team, coupled with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.

The Cardinals made a pair of ESPN2 Big Monday appearances last year, playing at Duke and then again in primetime at Notre Dame. 

All Big Monday telecasts will be streamed live on WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Men’s Soccer Draws 1-1 with Virginia Tech

Senior Shane Campbell scored his first goal of the season to help the 10th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team to a 1-1 draw against Virginia Tech on Friday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

With the Cardinals (3-2-2, 0-0-2 ACC) facing a 1-0 deficit and playing a man down after red card in the 60th minute of action, Campbell gathered a loose ball off the hands of Hokies (3-2-1, 0-1-1 ACC) goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard and connected for the equalizer in the 75th minute. After sophomore Tim Kubel’s cross from the right side of the box pushed Lundgaard beyond the left post and near the endline, the ball caromed off the gloves of the Tech goalkeeper and landed at the feet of Campbell. Working from a very tight angle along the endline, the Louisville defender scored inside the far right post for his first goal of the season and the second of his career. Campbell also became the seventh different Cardinal to score a goal this season.

Defensively, junior goalkeeper Theo Jamilloux finished with six saves, including a pair of spectacular stops late in the match, in his first start and action of the season. Friday marked Louisville’s third straight overtime match, including the second ACC draw in as many outings.

“One of the things that is very evident is that we are a team that will fight. The lesson for us and what we have to continue to learn is that when we’re cornered, we will fight our way out of it but we have to learn how to fight in pursuit rather than getting out of something,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “I was happy for Theo because at the beginning of the season, he wasn’t sharp and was coming off an injury, but he’s earned his way onto the field.”

After the two teams played a scoreless opening half, Virginia Tech delivered the first goal of the night in the 54th minute when Merlin Baus connected for his third goal of the season with a free kick from 28 yards out. The Hokies sophomore sent the kick around the Louisville wall and curled it inside the left post for his team-leading third goal of the season.

About six minutes later, the Cardinals chances at matching the Tech goal appeared to take a hit when freshman Watterson Young was whistled for a red card at the 59:55 mark of the match creating an 11-10 advantage for the Hokies. However, Louisville increased its attacking pressure before Campbell delivered the tying goal less than 15 minutes after the red card.

During the two, 10-minute overtime periods, Virginia Tech used its one-man advantage to organize a 5-1 edge in shots, including a pair of attempts on goal that were successfully turned away by Jamilloux. For the match, the Hokies had a 16-9 advantage in shots, including a 7-3 margin on goal. The Cardinals closed the evening with a season high for corner kick chances finishing with a 10-6 edge over Tech.

Up next, Louisville hosts Memphis for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m., ET at Lynn Stadium.

Volleyball Falls to UK 3-1

Erin Fairs had 15 kills and two blocks for the University of Louisville volleyball team but it was not enough as the Cardinals fell to intrastate rival Kentucky 3-1.

“We were on a nice little win streak coming in and we pride ourselves on being a team that plays with some swag and the ability to stay loose. But we were tight.  You can’t have 30 hitting errors and 14 service errors and expect to mount a comeback,” said UofL head coach Anne Kordes.

The Cards move to 6-4 on the season with the 25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 loss to the Cats.  UofL hit .171 with 30 hitting errors and were plagued with service errors, committing 14.  UK hit .191 but had 17 blocks and three aces.  Janelle Jenkins added 15 kills with middle blocker Maggie DeJong adding 10 kills. Tess Clark had a team high eight blocks.  UK was led by Darian Mack’s 14 kills and Kaz Brown roofed the Cards 13 times.

The Cardinals had to hit around a tall Kentucky block in the first set, but managed to hit .256 led by Erin Fairs’ eight kills.  Trailing early, UofL used an 10-2 run to go up 18-15, forcing the Cats to burn both their timeouts to staunch the point bleed.  In all there were eight ties as the teams traded punches until UofL managed to squeak out the 27-25 win on a kill by Erin Fairs and a block by Tess Clark.  The Cats had six blocks in the set but hit just .200.

“We needed a spark to get us going,” said senior Erin Fairs. “I tried to bring that and I felt strong in the first set.”

The Cats used an 8-1 run in the second set to run out to a 16-7 lead.  Louisville battled back with a 4-0 run to get to 22-17 and spark a UK timeout. But three straight Cardinal hitting errors sealed UofL’s fate with the 25-18.  UK added three more blocks as the Cards hit a chilly .103 in the set. Janelle Jenkins led with seven kills in the set.

Service errors plagued the Cards, nipping UofL runs in the third set.  After trailing 15-9, UofL got to within one at 19-18 but a UofL  service error and a pair of UK blocks gave the Cats set point when Anni Thomasson ricocheted a ball off the Cardinal block for set point.  UofL fell 15-20 in the set.

The fourth set saw the Cards scoot out to a 11-8 lead but the Con one to ats benefitted from Cards’ spotty hitting and managed to tie at 13. Uof L came back to take the lead at 18-17 on a solo block by Tess C lark.  As the team traded points, UK took a one point lead on at 20-19 on an miss by Fairs.  UofL ran off three straight to go up 22-20 on a kill by Aniah Philo but the Cats ran off four straight for match point at 24-22. Jenkins connected on one for a kill before Kentucky closed the door with a 25-23 win.

The Cardinals open the ACC campaign at Notre Dame Friday, Sept. 25 before coming home  on Sunday for a 12:30  p.m. matchup with the Hurricanes at the KFC Yum! Center.

Women’s Golf Takes 10th at Mason Rudolph Championship

Freshman Olivia Cason put the finishing touches on one of the best three-round scores in freshman history, and the University of Louisville women’s golf team wrapped up the Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday with a 10th-place finish.

An Owensboro, Ky., native, Cason capped the final round with a 1-over-par 73, totaling a 4-under-par 212 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course. Since Friday, she totaled 14 birdies – fourth best in the 90-player field – and had the sixth-best average on par-5 holes (4.67).

Cason, who tied for fifth, registered the best three-round score at Louisville since current teammate Laura Restrepo and alumnae Katie Petrino each earned a 4-under-par 212 at the 2014 Central District Invitational.

As a team, the Cardinals posted a 16-over-par 304 in the final round for a combined total of 20-over-par 884. Statistically, Louisville had the third-most pars (184) and finished third in average on par-3 holes (3.11).

Restrepo had the second-best combined score of the Cardinals, tying for 24th with a 2-over-par 218. The senior posted a 1-under-par on the back nine, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start in which she clubbed a 4-over-par through the first nine holes.

Classmate Katie Mitchell and freshman Lexie Long rounded out Louisville’s scoring quartet. Mitchell, who finished 46th, ended the tournament with a 7-over-par 223, while Long’s 16-over-par 232 put her at 75th on the individual leaderboard.

Louisville is idle next week and returns to action at the Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 9. The three-day tournament will be held at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Alabama – 282-280-286; 2. Northwestern – 283-281-285; 3. Georgia – 286-275-293; t-4. Virginia – 286-289-298; t-4. LSU – 288-287-298; 10. Louisville – 288-292-304

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

t-5. Olivia Cason – 69-70-73; t-24. Laura Restrepo – 73-70-75; 46. Katie Mitchell – 77-72-74; 75. Lexie Long – 70-80-82; t-84. Molly Skapik – 76-80-83

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