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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mega-Trezl Leads The Way As Louisville Wins 115-67 Over Kentucky Wesleyan


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Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.

Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.

Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.

Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.

Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9

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Russ Smith Named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate


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University of Louisville’s Russ Smith is one of 30 candidates for the men’s basketball 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Wednesday.

Smith,a team co-captain, is one of just four student-athletes on the list in which their team is currently ranked in the top 10, but the Louisville guard is the only one whose team ranks in the top-five nationally.

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Men’s Swimming Breaks into Top Ten at No. 7


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Powered by the upset of top ten team Tennessee, the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team have jumped to No. 7 in Endless Pools/Collegeswimming’s ranking this week.

U of L trails only Michigan, Florida, California, Texas, Stanford and Georgia. Only 26 points separates No. 1 Michigan (944) and No. 7 Louisville 918.

The ranking accounts for teams’ top performances over the preceding month and is the only objective ranking of college swimming for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, and NJCAA.

Last weekend, for the first time in school history the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving beat the University of Tennessee , in a 167.5-132.5 upset.

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WBB USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll Top 25


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The Louisville women’s basketball team earned its highest preseason ranking yesterday when the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll came out.  The Cardinals are ranked fifth in the poll.  The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 in last season’s preseason poll, which was the previous high.

The Cardinals tip off the season in the preseason WNIT on Nov. 9.  Four of the Cards’ possible opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the poll.  Oklahoma is ranked #14, LSU is ranked #17 while Gonzaga and Quinnipiac are both receiving votes.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM

RECORD

PTS

1 Connecticut (31)

0-0

799

2 Duke

0-0

735

3 Stanford

0-0

714

4 Tennessee (1)

0-0

663

5 Louisville

0-0

631

6 Maryland

0-0

630

7 Notre Dame

0-0

624

8 Kentucky

0-0

621

9 California

0-0

490

10 Baylor

0-0

407

11 North Carolina

0-0

387

12 Nebraska

0-0

381

13 Texas A&M

0-0

368

14 Oklahoma

0-0

354

15 Penn State

0-0

313

16 Dayton

0-0

307

17 LSU

0-0

276

18 Michigan State

0-0

185

19 Colorado

0-0

172

20 Iowa State

0-0

163

21 South Carolina

0-0

158

22 Georgia

0-0

152

23 Purdue

0-0

129

24 Oklahoma State

0-0

127

25 UCLA

0-0

114

  • Others receiving votes: Vanderbilt 99, Gonzaga 68, DePaul 54, West Virginia 53, South Florida 37, Georgia Tech 34, Kansas State 32, Green Bay 18, Florida State 18, Marist 17, Rutgers 11, Creighton 10, Saint Mary’s 8, Syracuse 8, Toledo 6, Middle Tennessee 6, San Diego 4, Quinnipiac 4, Iowa 4, Delaware 2, Minnesota 2, Pacific 1, Florida 1, Brigham Young 1, Southern Methodist 1, St. John’s 1

No. 20 Saint Louis Visits No. 11 Louisville Men’s Soccer On Halloween Night


Tickets will be available for purchase at Cardinal Park prior to the match or in advance through the UofL Ticket Office by calling (502) 852-0120 or emailing tickets@gocards.com. Live video of the match will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com, while live scoring will be provided through the Gametracker feature on the men’s soccer schedule page at GoCards.com.

The Cardinals clinched a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season title and improved to 10-3-2 overall with a 2-1 win at Memphis on Saturday night. Saint Louis enters the week at 9-3-2 overall following a 2-0 home win at Duquesne on Sunday. Last season, the Billikens were 16-5-0 overall winning the A-10 title before falling in the second round of the NCAA Championship to Fairleigh Dickinson.

Up Next for Louisville

Following Thursday’s match, Louisville closes the regular season by hosting USF in the American Athletic Conference finale for both squads. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., ET as the Cardinals look to clinch sole possession of the regular season conference title.

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Women’s Soccer Jumps Into The Top 25!


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The University of Louisville women’s soccer team jumped into the Top 25 rankings for the first time this season.  The Cardinals are ranked 24th in the Soccer America Poll and No. 25 in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll.  The Cardinals were last ranked in September of 2012.

Louisville secured the No.2 seed and a first round bye in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Cardinals will host the quarterfinal round on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Cardinal Park. Louisville will play the winner of the opening round matchup played between No. 7 seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0 American) and No. 10 seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0 American) on Friday, Nov. 1 in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinals (12-4-1, 8-1-0 American) finished second in the regular-season standings behind UCF. Louisville secured their spot following a 5-4 overtime thriller over Cincinnati on Friday. Heading into the Championship, senior midfielder Charlyn Corral is The American’s individual points leader, tied for first in the league with 13 goals and standing alone at the top with 36 points, averaging 2.12 per game.

You can purchase tickets for Sunday’s match at the University of Louisville ticket office or by calling (502) 852-5151. To become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or email tickets@gocards.com for more information.

Fans can follow Louisville women’s soccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ulwomenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulwomenssoccer.

Louisville’s De Lucca Takes Swimming And Diving Award


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The second American Athletic Conference swimming and diving awards of the 2013-14 season were announced on Monday, with athletes from Louisville and Cincinnati taking awards. Cardinal senior Joao De Lucca was named American Athletic Conference male Swimmer of the Week, while Cincinnati freshman Jackie Keire was named female Swimmer of the Week.

A defending NCAA champion, De Lucca had a strong performance in an upset victory for the No. 19 Cardinals as they beat No. 12 Tennessee for the first time in school history, winning 167.5-132.5. De Lucca had two individual victories, in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, while placing second in the 50-yard freestyle. De Lucca swam the 100-yard freestyle in 44.02, the top time in the NCAA thus far, while swimming the fifth best time in the NCAA with a 1:37.44 in the 200 freestyle. Both results were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 10-27-13


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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday October 25th through Sunday October 27th around CardNation:

Friday October 25th:

Women’s Volleyball: Emily Juhl had 21 kills, hitting .528 with two blocks to lead the University of Louisville to a 23-25, -25-10,25-17, 25-20 win over Rutgers in Volleyball action Friday night in Piscataway, N.J. Maya McClendon had her seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs.  Hannah Kvitle had three aces and three kills at setter.  U of L moves to 13-7 and 8-0 in The American.

Women’s Soccer: Junior Erin Yenney scored on a penalty kick to lift Louisville to a 5-4 win in overtime over Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium on Friday night to wrap up the regular season.  Louisville improves to 12-4-1 on the year and 8-1-0 in league play.  The Bearcats fall to 8-10-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play. Shannon Dennehey added 2 goals.

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Maxwell Semifinalists Announced


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The Semifinalists were announced today for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the Nation’s best Football Player. To absolutely nobodies surprise Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is on that list. Teddy has had an unbelievable season this year throwing for 2557 yards (319.6 avg per game) while completing an astronomical 73.7% of his passes. Teddy has thrown 23 Touchdown passes to only 2 Interceptions. Click Below to see full list.

Go Cards!

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2013-14 Captains Announced For Basketball Team


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University of Louisville sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell has been named a tri-captain for the Cardinals’ 2013-14 men’s basketball team, joining seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock with that distinction.

“He has, without question, been the best worker on the court, the most vocal leader on the court, so without question, he has ignited our team in practice to work harder,” head coach Rick Pitino said Monday. “I thought he’d be a very good captain.”

A third-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News and a second-team choice by USA Today, Harrell was listed third in CBSSports.com’s Top 30 Breakout Players.  He was a second-team all-American Athletic Conference selection by the league coaches.

Harrell played all 40 games in helping Louisville achieve its third NCAA title in April. During the Cardinals’ nine postseason games, Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 61.5 percent from the field. In the team’s BIG EAST title victory over Syracuse, Harrell scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.

“He leads every which way,” Pitino added. “He’s a tough guy. He brings it every play and there’s very few individuals like that, in our game today, where they try to impact every possession.”

Harrell also had success in international competition over the summer, earning a gold medal with his USA Basketball squad in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.  In the gold medal victory over Serbia, Harrell totaled a team-high 17 points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and hit 8-of-16 field goals in 28 minutes. In nine games during the event, Harrell started every game and averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, hit 42-of-73 field goals (.575) and added eight steals and 10 blocked shots while averaging 18 minutes a game for the deep USA squad, coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan. 

2013 AAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Bracket


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The inaugural American Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship seedings were set on Sunday, with Louisville securing the No.2 seed and a first round bye.  The Cardinals will host the quarterfinal round on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Cardinal Park.  Louisville will play the winner of the opening round matchup played between No. 7 seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0 American) and No. 10 seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0 American) on Friday, Nov. 1 in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville (12-4-1, 8-1-0 American) finished second in the regular-season standings behind UCF.  Louisville secured their spot following a 5-4 overtime thriller over Cincinnati on Friday. Heading into the Championship, senior midfielder Charlyn Corral is The American’s individual points leader, tied for first in the league with 13 goals and standing alone at the top with 36 points, averaging 2.12 per game.

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Go Cards!

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Pryor Named Jim Thorpe Semifinalist


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University of Louisville junior safety Calvin Pryor has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s outstanding defensive back. The 15 semifinalists were announced today by the Jim Thorpe Association.

Pryor is a third-year junior from Port St. Joe, Fla., and Port St. Joe High School. He is second on the Cardinals in tackles this season with 47 and leads the team with three interceptions. He registered 11 tackles and an interception in Louisville’s lone loss of the season versus UCF on Oct. 18 and was credited with a career-high 14 tackles in a win over Rutgers on Oct. 10.

A three-year starter for the Cardinals, Pryor has made 28 consecutive starts dating back to the 2011 season. He recorded a career-best 100 tackles last season.

Thorpe Award finalists will be announced Nov. 25. 

2015 RB commits to the Cards


Justin Crawford

On Monday night, running back Justin Crawford became the 2nd commit for Charlie Strong’s 2015 class at Louisville. Crawford is from Columbus, Georgia and also has offers from Georgia and Boston College. Auburn was also showing interest in Crawford. Columbus, Georgia is about 30 minutes or so from Auburn, so to get a commit from there, and also take someone away from the Georgia Bulldogs, is a pretty big deal.

Crawford joins QB Ross Trail from Olive Branch, Mississippi as the commits to start the 2015 class for the Cards.

Click here to see highlights of Crawford. 

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George Rushing still a solid Louisville commit


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There have been some recent rumblings about 2014 WR commit George Rushing possibly decommitting from the Cards. He has even been asked about that himself from “a lot of people.” Rushing went on to say “Yeah everybody keeps asking. Do people think I’m going to decommit? Because I have no such plans. I love the ‘Ville and what they’re doing. Go Cards!”

Rushing is from Fort Lauderdale, FL and attended the Louisville-USF game on Saturday in Tampa. He was on an unofficial visit to USF and wanted to check out the Cards in person.

It certainly sounds like Rushing wants to be a Card.

Here are his highlights from his most recent game this past weekend. He had 3 catches for 91 yards. His school (Cardinal Gibbons) is now 7-1 on the season.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/669555/highlights/90658018

Adidas Challenge


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@Elleraiser has been working with the Adidas Street team and the University of Louisville is tied for first in a contest right now among all the Adidas schools. We need all of our followers to repost this picture on Instagram with the hashtags #OwnTheCampus #Teamadidas and to like the picture. It’s based on a point system and every vote counts. This contest is for the fans and the prize will be for the fans even though that has not been announced. Go repost now! Stay tuned to @Elleraiser on Twitter and Instagram to see where the Cards are in the standings!

#14 UofL Field Hockey In 3-Way Tie For 1st After Taming The Cats


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The No. 14 University of Louisville Field Hockey team defeated host Villanova 6-1 in a BIG EAST Conference matchup Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals improve to 13-4 on the season and 5-1 in league play, placing them in a three-way tie for first place along with No. 4 Connecticut and No. 10 Old Dominion.  The Wildcats drop to 3-11 (0-6 BIG EAST).Freshman Shannon Sloss scored a pair of goals and sophomore Elisa Garcia dished out two assists while goalkeeper Sydney King had four saves to help lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over Villanova.

UofL (13-4, 5-1 BIG EAST) returns to action on Nov. 1 when the Cardinals play host to Providence at 6 p.m. in their BIG EAST regular season finale. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Louisville will honor seniors Michelle Amon, Kelsey Rosenmeier and Erin Schneidtmiller on Sunday, Nov. 3 when the Cards face Kent State at 12 p.m.

The Cardinals have clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Conference championship which will be held Nov. 8 and 10 at the University of Connecticut

Volleyball With Another Conference Sweep


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Brooke Mattingly had 12 kills and six blocks to lead the University of Louisville Volleyball team (14-7 Overall, 9-0 Conference) to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win over UConn to stay unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference Sunday afternoon in Storrs, Conn. in a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

Juhl had 10 kills with 11 digs and three aces. Maya McClendon had her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs. She also posted a pair of aces.

College Football Coaches Poll 10/27/13


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Heres the full USA Today Coaches poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV
1 Alabama 8-0 1542 56 1
Crimson Tide
2 Oregon 8-0 1483 6 2
Ducks
3 Florida State 7-0 1419 0 3
Seminoles
4 Ohio State 8-0 1375 0 4
Buckeyes
5 Baylor 7-0 1293 0 5
Bears
6 Miami 7-0 1190 0 6
Hurricanes
7 Stanford 7-1 1182 0 8
Cardinal
8 Clemson 7-1 1064 0 10
Tigers
9 Oklahoma 7-1 933 0 12
Sooners
10 Missouri 7-1 834 0 7
Tigers
11 Auburn 7-1 804 0 17
Tigers
12 Oklahoma State 7-1 803 0 13
Cowboys
13 LSU 7-2 802 0 13
Tigers
14 Texas A&M 7-2 758 0 15
Aggies
15 Texas Tech 7-1 673 0 9
Red Raiders
16 South Carolina 6-2 627 0 20
Gamecocks
17 Louisville 7-1 579 0 16
Cardinals
18 Fresno State 7-0 542 0 18
Bulldogs
19 UCLA 5-2 432 0 11
Bruins
20 Northern Illinois 8-0 373 0 22
Huskies
21 Michigan 6-1 309 0 23
Wolverines
22 Central Florida 7-1 300 0 25
Knights
23 Wisconsin 5-2 253 0 24
Badgers
24 Michigan State 7-1 237 0 NR
Spartans
25 Notre Dame 6-2 83 0 NR
Fighting Irish
Schools Dropped Out

No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Nebraska.

Others Receiving Votes

Arizona State 57; Virginia Tech 53; Texas 31; Oregon State 22; Brigham Young 21; Houston 21; Georgia 20; Duke 8; Minnesota 6; Mississippi 6; Nebraska 6; Florida 4; Ball State 4; Iowa 1.

Latest Bowl Projections For The Cards


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Here are the latest bowl projections:

Non-BCS Bowls

Dec. 21 New Mexico (Albuquerque): San Jose State (MWC No. 4/5) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 7)

Dec. 21 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Utah State (MWC No. 1) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 No. 5)

Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato (Boise): *Louisiana-Monroe (MWC) vs. Bowling Green (MAC No. 3)

Dec. 21 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Tulane (C-USA)

Dec. 23 Beef O’Brady’s (St. Petersburg): *Toledo (AAC No. 6) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)

Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)

Dec. 26 Little Caesars (Detroit): *Western Kentucky (Big Ten No. 8) vs. Ball State (MAC)

Dec. 26 Poinsettia (San Diego): Boise State (MWC No. 2) vs. *Ohio (Army)

Dec. 27 Military (Washington, D.C.): Pittsburgh (ACC No. 8) vs. Tulsa (C-USA)

Dec. 27 Texas (Houston): TCU (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Indiana (Big Ten No. 6)

Dec. 27 Kraft Fight Hunger (San Francisco): Oregon State (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)

Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): *Notre Dame (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Rutgers (AAC No. 4)

Dec. 28 Belk (Charlotte): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 5) vs. Houston (AAC No. 3)

Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)

Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings (Phoenix): Texas (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Michigan (Big Ten No. 4/5)

Dec. 30 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Wyoming (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)

Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Boston College (ACC No. 6) vs. Auburn (SEC No. 7)

Dec. 30 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 3) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 2)

Dec. 30 Holiday (San Diego): Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 3)

Dec. 31 Independence (Shreveport): North Carolina (ACC No. 7) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC No. 10)

Dec. 31 Sun (El Paso): Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 4)

Dec. 31 Liberty (Memphis): Marshall (C-USA No. 1) vs. Tennessee (AAC/SEC No. 8/9)

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Clemson (ACC No. 2) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 5)

Jan. 1 Gator (Jacksonville): Iowa (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 6)

Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): Northwestern (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Rice (C-USA)

Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Michigan State (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC No. 2)

Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Nebraska (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Jan. 3 Cotton (Arlington): Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)

Jan. 4 BBVA Compass (Birmingham): Cincinnati (AAC No. 5/C-USA) vs. Florida (SEC No. 8/9)

Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com (Mobile): Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)

BCS bowls

Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): Ohio State (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)

Jan. 1 Fiesta (Glendale): Baylor (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Fresno State (BCS)

Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Missouri (SEC No. 1) vs. Central Florida (BCS)

Jan. 3 Orange (Miami): Florida State (ACC No. 1) vs. Wisconsin (BCS)

Jan. 6 BCS national championship (Pasadena): Alabama (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon (BCS No. 2)

 

Go Cards!

No. 6 Louisville Men’s Soccer Defeats Memphis 2-1 In Final Minutes


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Junior Nolan Moore connected for the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift the No. 6 Louisville men’s soccer team to a 2-1 road win over Memphis on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

With their fifth road victory of the season, the Cardinals improved to 10-3-2 overall and remained in sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference standings with 16 points and a 5-1-1 record. Memphis dropped to 9-7-1 overall and 3-5-0 in conference matches.

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