September 12, 2013

Chicks with sticks: Louisville field hockey takes home opener

Field Hockey


By Justin Stephenson

Coming off a loss to Virginia and a rally at Richmond, the Cardiac

Cards looked like confident Cards after a 4-1 thrashing of visiting opponent

William and Mary. Among the three hundred plus attendees at the game, the

largest home game turnout in nearly a decade, was soft-spoken basketball

superstar Russ Smith. When asked what brought him to the game, he so

eloquently responded, “they were playing and I wasn’t busy so I just wanted

to come out and support the team.”

He was among friends, as a myriad of student athletes, from rowers

to soccer players. They all came in full force in the heat to support their

fellow student athletes, even as their cheeks began to resemble the rosy red

of our namesake mascot. Although the crowd was feeling the heat, the team

played it cool. After playing to a 1-1 draw for most of the first half, thanks

to a phenomenal corner shot from junior Alyssa Voelmle and a spot on assist

from junior Paige Monsen, the floodgates bore open when freshman forward

and overseas sensation Jennifer Pels scored at the 23 minute mark sending U

of L into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

From the second half onward, the Cards were scorching, literally and

figuratively. But the intense heat couldn’t match the intensity of the Cards, as

Pels transitioned from scorer to distributor in the second half, connecting

with freshman-phenom Shannon Sloss on two consecutive goals. As a team,

the Cards had five assists on four goals, whereas the visiting Tribe went

snake eyes in both categories.

“They were supporting each other out there today,” head coach Justine

Sowry said. While the cards performed outstandingly on offense, the defense

left something to be desired.

“Our lesson from today is defense, from our forward line all the way to

the backfield. Also pressing and transition when the ball is turned over

multiple times; we have to be much quicker in our thought process.”

Echoing the same sentiments, junior Alyssa Voelmle retorted. “There

are just little things we can work on to get better, you can always get better as

a team. It’s a great start, a great start from last year but we can definitely


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