March 4, 2011

Louisville Finds Options Other Than Foley

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Following Louisville's win earlier this week over Old Dominion, in which Bergan Foley scored seven goals, coach Kellie Young said her team had to find more options on offense.

The Cardinals didn't take long finding other players to step up.

Despite Foley being held scoreless, seven different Cardinals found the back of the net, as the squad posted a strong 15-13 victory over visiting Oregon at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium on Friday night.

"When we have a senior class with a Dashiell, a Lianne Bobal and a Sammy Allen - and Sammy is really stepping up right now - it's their maturity and understanding it's a team effort," Young adds. "They're never looking at Bergan with jealousy, and saying, `I can't believe she scored seven goals.' It's always, `Hey, she did it today.' Today was the day that everybody else stepped up, and we needed it."

Louisville (3-0), which was ahead by four at the half (9-5), saw its lead slowly diminish midway into the second period, with Oregon getting as close as one goal on two different occasions.

However, goals by Katie Oliverio, Liz Lovejoy and Jamie Redding helped stave off the Duck comeback. Oliverio scored her fifth goal of the season, second of the game, with 11:07 left. Less than a minute later, Lovejoy registered her fifth score of the game to put the Cardinals ahead, 14-11. Redding's goal with just about five minutes to go all but capped off the victory.

"Oregon is a very solid team, so this is a huge win for us," Young says. "This was a test of our mental maturity and physical maturity - where we are fitness wise - and every one came out at the top. The most impressive thing for me was that it was a team effort from top to bottom.

"They did a great job playing Bergan. They rushed her, and she'll learn from it and mature from it. Everybody stepped up, and that's what we needed to win today."

Oregon (2-2) got on the board first to open the game, courtesy of Jana Drummond's goal at the 25:06 mark. Sammy Allen knotted the game at one apiece, but the Ducks responded to take a 2-1 lead - the last time they would have the advantage.

Over the next 10 minutes, the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run, receiving two goals each from Lovejoy and Lianne Bobal and scores from Allen and O'Malley, who earned her first career goal by going over the top of Oregon's goalkeeper to give the Cardinals a 7-2 advantage.

Dashiell led Louisville for the third-straight game in draw controls with five. Meg Ryan led the defense with three caused turnovers.

Ashley Herbst, playing in her third career game, improved to 3-0 after tallying six saves in 60 minutes of action. The freshman was key in crucial moments, making saves in one-on-one situations and coming up with a much-needed stop on a free-position shot with 5:07 left in the first period.

In another intense battle for the Cardinals, the game featured a combined 56 fouls and four yellow cards.

The Cardinals return to action next week on March 12 against Jacksonville. The game, which will be played in Cumming, Ga., is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Notes:

Senior Liz Lovejoy tied her career high with five goals today. It marked the fifth time in her career that she has reached the five-goal plateau.

Louisville scored six unanswered goals in the first half, with two by Lovejoy, two by Lianne Bobal and one by Sammy Allen and Colleen O'Malley. The six unanswered goals are tied for the second-most unanswered goals on the season. Louisville went on runs of 7-0 and 6-0 against Binghamton in the season opener.

The Cardinal defense has recorded at least 24 ground balls in each game this season. Louisville recorded 24 ground balls apiece in the last two games and 26 in the opener against Binghamton.

Louisville shot a season-high .500 tonight against Oregon. In two games against the Ducks, the Cardinals have shot an astounding .528 (28-of-53).

Two freshmen providing an offensive boost for the Cardinals were O'Malley, who netted her first-career goal, and Jamie Redding scoring two goals.


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