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Softball goes 2-1 in weekend series versus Rutgers

By Dalton Ray

The Louisville Cardinals softball team took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a three-game series over the weekend in Ulmer Stadium. On a sunny but chilly weekend the Cardinals would prevail 2-1 in the series bringing their record to 18-11 and the visiting Knights would drop to 12-9. This was the first series in conference play for both schools.

In the first game, Louisville won by 10-6, the visitors would rack up five hits and five runs in the top of the first inning and put the Cards in a 5-0 hole before touching the plate. Junior Whitney Arion and company wouldn’t back down as they loaded the bases twice in the bottom of the inning and came away with two runs. After a pitching switch that put Caralisa Connell on the mound the scoring would come, as the Knights would only score one more run to finish the game.

“Our pitching really put us in a whole right off the bat and what I’m really proud of is how the team kept fighting back, that’s a real credit to them for digging in. We just kept wanting to play catch up today,” head coach Sandy Pearsall said.

The “digging in” began in the fourth inning when junior Kayla Soles sent her third homerun of the year over the left field fence and cut the lead to 6-3. After digging in the Cardinals would then explode in the fifth inning ripping off five hits and seven runs in the inning giving them a 10-6 lead heading into the sixth. Senior Katie Keller, freshman Maryssa Becker, junior Brittany Duncan, senior Hannah Kiyohara would all gets hits in the inning. After the Cards would score on a walked batter with loaded bases and then a wild pitch, Whitney Arion would cap off the inning in style with a three run homer.

By the time senior Rachel Le Coq would come into relief for Connell the former 25-game winner struck out four and played very well. Le Coq would use the help of her defense in her two innings; four groundouts and two strikeouts would close the game for the Cardinals.

The second game was won with the same score of 10-6 but Rutgers was victorious this time. It also began in a very similar fashion, as once again the Knights would score five runs in the top of the first. The only difference: the Cardinals couldn’t gather a response in the first three innings. Shayla Sweeney was pitching for the visiting Rutgers and she lead the Knights to a strong defensive effort in the second game. The Cardinals wish they could of said the same thing but minor slip ups in the in-field on liners and ground balls kept adding up for Cards as they kept giving the Knights chances.

Juniors Kayla Soles would hit her second homerun of the day along with an RBI, cutting the lead to 5-2 Rutgers in the fourth. In the fifth inning Rutgers’ Jackie Bates’ triple would drive home Chandler Howard for a 6-2 lead. At the bottom of the inning the Cardinals looked to take advantage of Arion’s RBI triple and base-on-balls Maryssa Becker standing on first, with runners on the corners and two outs Sweeney would strike out the last batter ending the threat. In the next inning the Scarlet Knights would take advantage of their given opportunities as they put together five hits and four runs, expanding their lead to 10-3.

In the final inning the Cardinals would not give up. After two doubles from Kiyohara and Kayla Jones, and Arion’s second homer of the day the score was 10-6. The visiting Knights would then wrap up the game with a ground out, strike out, and a fly out in center. The Knights stingy defense was too much for the Lady Cards, as they couldn’t get a ball past the infield for most of the game.

After starting at pitcher the first game freshman Maryssa Becker was moved to first base. In the second game she started out at first, moved to pitcher, then back to first. Caralisa Connell, Rachel Le Coq, Tiarra Sanabria, and Becker would all pitch for the Cards on Saturday. Becker has really showed her versatility over the course of the year.

“The pitchers definitely work as a staff, all four of us, we all have the same mentality of if when we get put in. We have to know when one of us is having an off day so that the person behind us can get the job done.”

Sunday’s series finale that ended up in a 11-3 rout between the schools stayed scoreless until the top of the third when Jackie Bates’ two-run single gave Rutgers a 2-0 lead. Katie Jones put in a ton of effort at the bottom of the inning as she had a single, stole second, advanced to third on an error and was then sent home by Arion giving the Cards their first run. Brittany Duncan would help give the Cards a 3-2 lead on her two-out double.

Becker got herself out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth as she struck out the last batter with the bases loaded as the game was tied 3-3 heading into the fifth. Arion, Jones, Keller, Becker, Ruckenbrod, Duncan, and McDuffee would all get hits in the last innings as the Cardinals would pull away in a strong way as they scored eight unanswered runs. McDuffee’s double finished off the game, as the Cards would cruise through the last innings. Now 18-11 overall and 2-1 in conference the softball team will be in action again against DePaul March 26th and 27th.

Freshman guard Terry Rozier scores a career high 16 points in the Cards 102-54 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Cardinals defeat Rutgers 102-54

When Louisville first played Rutgers in New Jersey a little over a month ago, they left with their closest margin of victory on the season. Beating the Scarlet Knights 83-76. When Rutgers re-matched the Cards Sunday night in the KFC Yum! Center, they left with a 102-54 loss.

            We shot the ball well and when you do that and don’t turn it over and play hard, it makes your defense better and you play better in all phases of the game,” Head Coach Rick Pitino said. “I am very excited about the victory. Our guys just nailed their focus. They really pay no attention to whom they’re playing and they just play hard. They aren’t always going to win but they will play their butts off.”

            Senior guard Russ Smith came out and immediately hit a three-pointer, which was followed by three’s from senior small forward Luke Hancock and junior guard Chris Jones. The shots kept falling.

            The Cards shot 56 percent from the field. Seven different players hit from behind the three-point line combining for 16 made three-pointers.

            Hancock scored a career high 25 points, hitting six of eight three’s in the process. He also pulled down six rebounds.

            Freshman guard Terry Rozier hit four three’s and scored a career high 16 points. He also led the team in assists with four and steals with three.

            Sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell led the Cards with nine rebounds and added two blocks.

            The Cards had 23 assists and committed only nine turnovers. They had 11 steals among Rutgers’ 18 total turnovers.

            The Cards have won four in a row and are in the last month of regular season play. To improve team spirits and just simply have fun the players and coaches, including Pitino, are not shaving until they lose a game. Last year the Cardinals ended their season on a 16-game win streak and Pitino held true to his promise of getting a tattoo. Card Nation hopes that the light-hearted magic of Pitino’s antics will work two years in a row.

            “What we try to do in the dog days of February is try to do things that make sure we have fun. People get tired. I told the guys, ‘let’s have some fun.’ February is a tough month. I have never had a beard in my life, not even in college,” Pitino said.

            The beards may be a good thing to adopt because the rest of the Cards’ schedule is more than tough. Road games at Cincinnati, SMU and Memphis and then UConn at home once more will give the Cards plenty of opportunities to clean their faces.

            The Cardinals host USF Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm. 

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Women’s AAC Preview

By Dalton Ray

CINCINNATI

Cincinnati still has most of what it had a season ago. Seven players started double-digit

games for the Bearcats and six of them return. One of the returnees is Dayeesha Hollins,

who took nearly twice as many shots as any teammate and averaged twice as many points as

any other player. On the positive side, Cincinnati went 9-6 at home a season ago, the best

home record under Head Coach Jamelle Elliott.

Kayla Cook also returns and she was the only player to start all 30 games last season.

She also posted a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio while finishing first on the team in free-
throw percentage (78.4 percent). Bianca Quisenberry was the number 35 best guard in the

country coming out of high school as four star recruit from Ohio and should expect to play

immediately.

CONNECTICUT

The Huskies outscored Big East opponents by nearly 30 points a game with 29.9 points

per game a season ago. The newly shaped American Athletic Conference is not as good a

league as the dismantled Big East. This is bad news for all teams in the conference, especially

new comers to the league. While Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Stefanie

Dolson and Bria Hartley are back, depth is the question mark for defending national

champions. Still, Brianna Banks, Morgan Tuck, Moriah Jefferson, Kiah Stokes and the

freshmen might finish no worse than second in the league on their own.

Dolson played and started in 38 of UConn’s 39 games and was third on the team with

13.6 points while leading the squad with 7.1 rebounds per game. A 2012-13 WBCA/State

Farm All-America Team selection, she also earned a spot on USBWA All-American Team

and the AP All-America Third Team. Breanna Stewart played in 36 of UConn’s 39 games

and ended up second on the team at 13.8 points per game and third on the squad with 6.4

rebounds per contest along with leading the team with 74 blocks.

HOUSTON

Houston won’t match last season’s improvement in the win column. The Cougars saw

a 14 win swing last year going from 3-26 to 13-17 in their second season under Todd

Buchanan. Porsche Landry is no longer around, and she did a lot for this team a season ago

so someone new or the team itself will need to step up to replace her contributions. Post

players are not the league’s strong suit so senior Yasmeen Thompson could thrive after she

averaged 8.6 points. 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in her first season.

Senior Marrisa Ashton, who averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season,

is also returning. Someone who should play a large key to the Cougars’ success will be senior

Teo’onna Campbell. She was one of three Cougars to start all 30 contests in her first season

at Houston. She ranked second on the team with 32.9 minutes per game. Averaging 7.8

points and she ranked second on the squad and eighth in C-USA with 8.2 rebounds per

contest.

RUTGERS

This young team will benefit from the AAC’s lack of multiple powerhouses. Freshman

Tyler Scaife is the latest big-time recruit to end up in New Jersey. And with Erica Wheeler

and Monique Oliver no longer around, there should be shots for her to take. Hitting 3-

pointers would also help as the Scarlet Knights return a total of 14 3-pointers from last

season.

Kahleah Copper was named to the Big East All-Freshman Team last season and looks to

pick up a lot more on the work load this season. Transfer Alexis Burke will be able to play

this season and this should give the Knights extra firepower to work with in replacing last

season’s departures. Syessence Davis returns as the team’s leading point guard as she led the

team in assist 13 times last season.

TEMPLE

An impressive string of four consecutive postseason appearances under Tonya Cardoza

came to an end last season. To bounce back the backcourt will be relied on heavily. Raeska

Brown and Tyonna Williams are the team’s two leading returning scorers, while new

arrival Shi-Heria Shipp averaged nearly double digits at George Washington a season ago.

Natasha Thames will return as very experienced player and was second on the team with

eight rebounds per game. Safiya Martin and Taylor Robinson are both freshman that could

provide great size and length if they can step in and learn quickly. Erica Covile being healthy

should help the Owls.

MEMPHIS

The Tigers arrive in the Big East after a fourth consecutive trips to the postseason

under Melissa McFerrin. They lost Nicole Dickson, who led the team in scoring at better

than 18 points per game a season ago, but sophomore Ariel Hearn, the team’s assist leader

and second-leading scorer overall last season, is set to take over. The addition of redshirt

freshman Mooriah Rowser is also a boost.

Pa’Sonna Hope returns and appeared in all 32 games for Memphis, averaging 5.2 points

and 4.7 rebounds a game. Sophomore Asianna Fuqua-Bey had 19 starts in her freshman

campaign. She averaged 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and ranked second on the

squad in rebounding and she will be Memphis’ leading returning rebounder.

SOUTH FLORIDA

Andrea Smith and Andrell Smith finished up their college careers last season and that

means the Bulls need to replace 43 percent of 2012-13’s points. Inga Orekhova, 12.7

points per game, is a good 3-point shooter who does a lot of other things in terms of

ball distribution and creating turnovers, but she isn’t quite the prototypical go-to scorer

yet. Trimaine McCullough arrives with huge expectations for a freshman and expects to

compete for playing time.

South Florida has the height that most teams in the conference can’t match up with. Ivana

Vuletic, Paige Cashin, Akila McDonald, and Katelyn Weber give the Bulls a large advantage

with size. Tamara Taylor looks to provide an extra spark as she was rated the number17

best junior college transfer this season. While the team has its share of upperclassmen they

will rely on freshman and sophomores to step in and play key roles.

SMU

Keena Mays is a proven scorer, who can get others involved and produces beyond her

height on the boards. The Kansas transfer and reigning Conference USA player of the year

averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 40 percent from the 3-point line. Three other

starters return. There isn’t much size and rebounding, which could be an issue, but Brittney

Hardy’s return from a redshirt season could be a big plus.

Senior Korina Baker will return in her second season as a starter and will look to

improve her already developed pass-first game, 110 assists last season. Along side her will be

sophomore Kamy Cole. As a freshman Cole played in 30 games with 22 starts as a freshman

and averaged 9.8 points per game and was second on the team with 57 3-point field goals

made. She had a team-high 51 steals and 41 assists and second among starters with a 77.4

free-throw percentage. Cole and Mays will most likely be the leaders of this team but will

need their upperclassmen heavy bench to pitch in.

UCF

The Knights lose leading scorer Gevenia Carter but add redshirt junior Brittni

Montgomery, who sat out last season after transferring from Virginia Tech. Montgomery

isn’t going to shoot as much as Carter did, but she could be a good post complement to

Briahanna Jackson’s backcourt scoring. A preseason all-conference selection in the AAC,

Jackson needs to become more efficient with 32 percent shooting, 123 turnovers, but she is

talented.

Senior center, Erica Jones entered UCF’s top five all-time rebounders last season and

give the Knights a very polished post presence. Along with Yanique Gordon and the shot-
swatting Stephanie Taylor UCF has an intimidating front court. The guards are young but

they will rely on the front court heavily and they will hope Sara Djassi will continue her 10.8

points and 8.5 rebounds per game theat she produced in the C-USA Tournament.

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Louisville football defeats Rutgers, rivalry ends

By Noah Allison

 

With Louisville heading into the ACC and Rutgers into the Big 10, Thursday night’s

matchup proved to be the last conference rivalry game between these foes. U of L’s 24-10

victory closed the book on the Cardinal-Scarlet Knight rivalry. The past games may not

have captured the attention and imagination of the country as a whole, but folks in The

Ville and New Brunswick, N. J. will always hold dear the memories of beating each other,

and shudder in the painful memories of losing.

“It’s just a constant battle, it’s the respect for the football programs, and that’s a good

football team,” Head Coach Charlie Strong said. “You’ll miss this game, because it’s a fun

game and a tough battle. And you like it when we go there and they come here.”

In a season where the number eight Cardinals have flashed offensive brilliance and

lived off of defensive abuse, the ESPN primetime game was a chance for the Cardinals to

showcase their abilities to the nation. At a time in the second quarter U of L was winning

17-3 and it seemed like the route was quickly coming on, but its Rutgers-Louisville and the

Cards couldn’t land a haymaker early.

With leading receiver DeVante Parker sidelined with a shoulder injury, the offense

struggled to hit the big play and spread the field.

But junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater still threw for 304 yards, went 21-32, threw

for two touchdowns and was the second leading rusher on the night with 32 yards. Senior

wide receiver Damian Copeland had a career-high eight catches for 115 yards and bailed

Teddy out on multiple third downs.

“Copeland, he is Mr. Reliable in this offense. He’s always in the right place at the right

time and he’s a detail player and it just showed tonight with his performance. He lays it all

on the line for this team every week. He’s a guy who’s been in this system for four or five

years now and he just understands everything we’re doing conceptually and he applies it on

the field,” Bridgewater said.

Senior running back Senorise Perry, carried the Cardinals through tough times with 104

yards rushing and a touchdown on just 13 rushing attempts.

The energy, provided by Card Nation, kept Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium rocking all

night, and the Cardinal defense was rocking Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova all night as

well. Nova completed 19 of 36 pass attempts for 202 yards. In the process he was sacked

eight times and threw four interceptions.

“Tonight’s performance was amazing. Even with eight sacks, we missed about four or

five. When you can put pressure on the quarterback and you can just rush four, you feel

like you have a pretty good front. I think Marcus Smith and Lorenzo Mauldin playing the

outside are two of the best defensive ends in the country,” Strong said.

The Rutgers rivalry provided games that will linger in the story of U of L football years

into the future.

An unspeakable loss to Rutgers in 2006 ended U of L’s National Championship hopes. A

hobbled Teddy Bridgewater limping off the bench in 2012 to erase the Cards deficit and get

U of L to its second BCS bowl appearance.

Although Rutgers got the ultimate laugh in that upset years ago, Charlie Strong closed out

the series the only way U of L fans would be satisfied, by winning.

Men’s soccer defeats Rutgers

By Dalton Ray

The number 11 ranked Cardinals were set to take on the third place Rutgers Scarlet Knights in an American

Athletic Conference game on Sat. 12. Entering the game junior goal keeper Joachim Ball was seventh in the nation

in goals against average at 0.49 and freshman Andrew Brody is fifth in the nation with six assists.

The first 20 minutes were dominated by Louisville’s offensive possession and stifling defensive play. Stopping

the Knights’ multiple attacks and allowing only one shot on goal in the first half. First blood was drawn by junior

midfielder Santiago Velez with curving a shot right outside the box that landed just out of the goalkeeper’s reach in

the 23rd minute.

After trading stalled offensive attacks for 20 minutes Rutgers was given a free kick in the 42nd minute. The cross

was headed in just sneaking past goal keeper Joachim Ball. Not to be out done by the Knights the Cards quickly

cashed in on a cross by way a free kick from Daniel Keller on the assist by Richardo Velazco.

The first half goal was the first goal the Cards had allowed since Sept. 15, ending a five game shut out streak.

Entering the game Louisville was ranked fifth in the nation in goals against with an average of 0.49, the Cardinals

would prove true to this statistic in the second half.

Allowing only two shots on goal and one corner kick in the second half the defense proved to be too much for

the visiting Knights. Andrew Brody officially closed the door in the second half with his goal as Ken Lolla’s team

cruised to a 3-1 victory.

With this win the Cards improve their record to 8-2-1. Next on the slate for the Cardinals is a road match

in Bloomington, IN against the defending national champions Indiana University. Last year’s game ended as a

draw on a controversial over-time red card that took away what would have been the game winning goal for the

Cardinals. The match will take place on Tues. 15 at 7 P.M.

The Hooisers are coming off a very tough loss against Big Ten conference foe Wisconsin in which they fell 4-3.

The Hooisers are now 4-7-1 and are looking for a big win to prevent a losing streak when top ten ranked Louisville

comes to town.

Acclaimed critic, Robert Ebert, passed away this week after a long battle with health.

In the news: What you missed while you were in class

By Maggie Cunningham-

Acclaimed critic, Robert Ebert, passed away this week after a long battle with health.

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert passes away at 70

After a decade long health battle, including several bouts of cancer, Roger Ebert, an acclaimed film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, passed away this week. Ebert wrote for the paper for 46 years and was well known for his opinionated and critical reviews. Ebert was also added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and won a Pullitzer in 1975 for his work. Shortly after his Pullitzer win, he starred alongside Gene Siskel in a television show making the “thumbs up, thumbs down” gesture commonplace across the country.

 

Industrial hemp bill passes through Gov. Beshear

A week after legislation brought an industrial hemp bill through, Governor Steve Beshear has permitted the industrial production of hemp in the state of Kentucky. Beshear didn’t sign the bill, but didn’t veto it either, meaning that the bill is passed. Hemp can be used clothing and fuel and was once a valued crop in the state. The next battle for legislation will require the supporters to take on Washington in order to break down any federal barriers to the plants growth.

 

Soldier charged in murder of employee at Fort Knox

Marquinta Jacobs, a soldier stationed at Fort Knox, was apprehended at his mothers home in Portland, Tenn. after he fled the scene of the crime on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses account that after a verbal altercation in a parking lot, the soldier opened fire on the civilian employee at fired mulitple times.  At least eight shell casings were found at the scene. Sources say that it seems to be an domestic issue and not a random act. A day after the shooting occurred, he was apprehended, and charged with the murder of the unnamed victim, who worked as a civilian employee of the command, handling personnel actions for the soldiers on site.

Rutgers coach and athletic director resign after abusive videos go viral

Tapes of Rutgers men’s basketball coach, Mike Rice, physically and verbally abusing his team in practice were first brought to the athletic director, Tim Pernetti’s attention several months ago. The tape shows Rice over the course of three years in practices grabbing players, throwing basketballs at them and calling them derogatory names. Instead of following his original instinct to fire him, he suspended Rice for three games, fined him and sent him to anger management classes. Rice apologized to current and former players publicly. The video has finally made its way to the internet, and both Rice and Pernetti have mutually agreed with the university to resign.

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By Austin Lassell

Column: Football team played for more than a win

By Sam Draut–

U of L defeated Rutgers 20-17 on Thursday night to claim a share of the Big East championship, and more importantly, a bid to a BCS Bowl. But this game was for more than a BCS bowl.

This game was for a football team reeling after two straight losses, which then fell behind 14-3 in the second quarter.

This game was for Teddy Bridgewater, who was hobbled with a sprained ankle and broken left wrist, but fought through it and delivered like he has all season.

It was for the 2011 Cardinal team that was a game away from an outright Big East championship and BCS bowl berth.

It was for Anthony Conner, a Cardinal who broke his neck while making a tackle in last year’s 16-14 victory over Rutgers.

It was for the 27 seniors on the 2010 Cardinal team who left the program with ambitions of BCS bowls and conference championships after winning the inaugural Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.

It was for the 2009 Cardinal team, who lost 34-14 to Rutgers, all but ending the dreadful three year stint for Steve Kragthorpe.   This game was for the fans that left Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Nov. 27, 2009 wondering if their football team would ever be competitive again.

It was for the 2008 Cardinal team, who was blown out 63-14 on national television at Rutgers.  It was for NFL cornerback Johnny Patrick, who was burned multiple times during the game.

It was for the 2006 Cardinal team that lost 28-25 at Rutgers, ruining National Championship aspirations.  It was for William Gay, the cornerback who jumped offsides, allowing Rutgers kicker Jeremy Ito to kick the game winning field goal.

It was for the ACC, the future conference home of the Cardinals, giving the conference a sneak peek at the toughness of the Louisville football team.

It was for Charlie Strong, who denied rumors all week about interviewing for the Auburn head coaching position.

It was for Tom Jurich, who hired an undervalued defensive coordinator from Florida, who couldn’t seem to get past the interview process for a head coaching position.

It was for Howard Schnellenberger, who energized the dying Louisville football program, pushing the team one step closer to his statement that “Louisville is on a collision course with the national championship. The only variable is time.”

It was for all of the fans that traveled on the Louisville football roller coaster over the past few decades, remaining loyal through thick and thin.

Louisville will go to a BCS bowl with its share of critics; it will likely be the lowest ranked BCS team. The national media didn’t matter Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J., because the Cardinals had a whole lot to play for anyway.

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Kentucky and Rutgers softball strike out at U of L

By Sammie Hill–

Until last weekend’s matchup against DePaul University, the University of Louisville softball team boasted a perfect record that made them the only undefeated Division I softball team in the nation. Although DePaul forced the Cards to relinquish this title, this week provided the team opportunities for redemption.

On Wednesday, April 4, the University of Louisville triumphed 2-1 over the University of Kentucky.

“Tonight was another intense game with a very good Kentucky team,” said U of L softball head coach Sandy Pearsall.

She highlighted the importance of attitude in the outcome of this rivalry game.

“Our team showed great resilience and energy in offense and our defense came through in the clutch. It was good to see the team playing and having fun again.”

Following this weekend’s three victories, the team’s record improved to 33-2 overall and 7-2 in Big East play.

The University of Louisville student section demonstrated their support for the team, coming out to cheer on the Cardinals as they fought the Wildcats.

“Tonight’s crowd was outstanding,” Pearsall commented. “We appreciate the fans who stuck with us through the rain delay and they really gave us a lot of positive energy.”

She went on to praise sophomore pitcher Caralisa Connell, revealing her vital role in the team’s victory.

“Hats off to Caralisa Connell,” Pearsall commended. “She kept us in the game and did a tremendous job coming back in when we needed her.”

The team returned this weekend for a three-game series against Rutgers.


The series began Friday, April 5 with a doubleheader starting at noon; the game continued on Saturday for the third and final matchup.

The team reigned over the weekend, defeating Rutgers in all three games, 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2.

The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Villanova on Wednesday, April 11 and return home on Saturday, April 14 to battle Longwood University at noon.

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Double overtime stalemate gives the Cardinals a sense of urgency

By Aaron Williams–

After falling 3-1 to the No. 9 ranked University of South Florida earlier in the week, the No. 10 ranked University of Louisville men’s soccer team tied the University of Rutgers on Saturday night in double overtime. The Cards only goal came in 31st minute of the first half when sophomore midfielder Andrew Farrell put the ball in the back of the net off a controlled rebound and assist from junior midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo.

“Coach stresses on restarts that we have to get the ball into the box and get something off of it. It wasn’t planned or anything, I just got in there, the ball came to me and I put it on goal,” said Farrell of the goal, his first of the 2011 season for the Cardinals.

The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers would respond in the 53rd minute of the second half with a rip from freshman striker Juan Pablo Correa off an assist from junior midfielder Dragan Naumoski and senior forward Ibrahim Kamara to equalize the match.

“I don’t know if they did a whole lot, or if it was more of us just not moving the ball quick enough, but I still thought, all in all, that we had most of the game,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla following the game. “They really had one chance at the end of the half, one chance in the second, and that’s it. So I thought defensively we did a good job and limited their opportunities, but it’s not enough. Right now, we’ve got to be perfect. We’ve got to be shutting teams out, just because we’re not scoring a lot of goals.”

The game was a tightly called one with multiple yellow cards given to both squads by the officials. A red card was given to Rutgers junior defender Joe Setchell in the 90th minute of regulation when he tackled Louisville senior forward Colin Rolfe right outside the box on a breakaway, preventing a scoring chance for the Cards.
“After I got up, I just thought about whether I could have stayed up on my feet or not, you always debate those decisions after the game, but what happened, happened,” said Rolfe of the play.

Down a man going into a sudden victory overtime situation, the Scarlet Knights packed their ten remaining players into the Rutgers defensive third of the pitch. The Knights continued the conservative defensive play throughout both the ten minute overtime periods, content to grind out the stalemate.

With the tie, Louisville’s record now stands at 8-5-2 on the year and 1-4-2 in the Big East. The Cardinals will play two more regular season games against Big East opponents DePaul and Villanova before the Big East tournament begins on Nov. 2.

“I think there’s a lot of energy right now, a lot of urgency, and we’re good enough to get points anywhere, it’s just a matter of shutting teams out and getting goals,” said Lolla.

That energy was expressed by Andrew Farrell following the game.

“We played well tonight. We just couldn’t get the result. I’m sure we’ll be in Birmingham Dec. 11. It’s just a process,” said Farrell.

The urgency was displayed by Colin Rolfe.

“We’ve got to win both of [the games], and get a good spot in the tournament and we’ll go from there.

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