Weekly Louisville Olympic sports notebook

Here's another edition of the weekly notebook looking at other sports besides football and basketball at the University of Louisville.

MEN'S SOCCER WINS OPENER

The men's soccer team went on the road on Sunday and edged UAB 2-1 in penalty kicks for a win on the first exhibition game of the season.

UCLA transfer Zack Foxhoven scored the lone goal of regulation and tied the game at 1-1 in the second half of the contest.

U of L then beat UAB 3-2 in penalty kicks as Andrew Farrell won it.

The Cardinals will now play Wisconsin in an exhibition on Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind., before playing a final exhibition on Aug. 20 at home against Lipscomb.

WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS TWO

Playing without stars Christine Exeter – the Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year – and Rachel Melhado, the U of L women's soccer team beat Ohio State and Wright State in exhibition games over the weekend.

Junior newcomer Charlyn Corral, a standout from Mexico City, had the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Friday night.

Goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer had four saves in the win over the Buckeyes, who were in the "also receiving votes" portion of the preseason poll.

U of L then downed Wright State 3-1 on Sunday.

Exeter and Melhado are playing for Canada in the Under-20 World Cup and will likely miss the first few games of the regular-season.

The Cardinals start the season Friday at Butler. The first home game is slated for Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. against Purdue.

VOLLEYBALL HAS SOME DEPTH

In her first season at Louisville, volleyball coach Anne Kordes had a roster that was short on bodies. Kordes had just eight players much of last season.

Kordes had a roster that had several players injured and several had left the program.

But there's no lack of players now.

Kordes started camp last week with 16 bodies and is expecting good things from the Cardinals this season.

"Depth is amazing," Kordes said with a smile. "And that will be one of the biggest keys immediately, it will be different walking out there.

"Last year, we needed kids to go out there and play no matter what, and we used every available coach just to scrimmage and now will have players sitting out.

"I am really excited about it."

OLYMPIC ROWER NAMED ASSISTANT

U of L rowing coach Derek Copeland announced the hiring of Olympic rower Sarah Zelenka as an assistant coach.

Zelenka was a three-year member of the US Rowing National Team and placed fourth recently in a women's pair event at the London Olympics.

"Sarah is a fantastic athlete and has been an even better teammate," Copeland said. "I am sure that she will bring those same contributions to our team, and we are all very excited about that. Her character and passion to help others reach their potential has been evident for years. I am very happy that we are able to bring her in to add to the excitement that has been brewing here during the off-season."

A FEW LEFTOVERS

*Women's golfers Katie Petrino and Candice Wiley both qualified for the Women's U.S. Amateur but missed the cut last week at The Country Club in Cleveland. Petrino finished 15-over-par and Wiley was 16-over-par for the two days.

*New U of L track and field jumps coach Joe Walker Jr., directed three-time long jump World Champion Brittney Reese to the Olympic gold medal.

*The men's golf team will host the 28th annual John Dromo Classic on Aug. 27 at Audubon Country Club. The event begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $800 for a foursome or $200 for a single player. For information go to www.uoflsports.com

*Field hockey will play its first game of the season – an exhibition – on Friday at noon against Indiana in Trager Stadium.


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