WOMEN'S SOCCER WIN OPENER
Despite missing two of its star player, the University of Louisville women's soccer team opened the fall season with a 2-0 win over Butler on Friday.
U of L won for the eighth-time in a row in the season opener but did it without Christine Exeter and Rachel Melhado, who are playing for the Canadian National Team in the U-20 World Cup in Japan.
Sophomore Casey Whitfield scored the first goal of the season and junior Angelika Uremovich tacked on a second goal late in the game.
Chloe Kiefer picked up her 11th career shutout.
*Exeter and Melhado are expected back in the next couple of weeks. Team Canada beat Argentina 6-0 in the opener on Monday.
Exeter will return with a few preseason accolades. She was picked as the Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a Hermann Trophy finalist.
Now, Exeter has been ranked No. 6 among the top 100 underclassmen in the country, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
*U of L has its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. against Purdue.
MEN'S SOCCER WIN, PLAY AT HOME
Ken Lolla's men's soccer team improved to 2-0 in exhibition games with a 1-0 win on Friday against Wisconsin in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sophomore Dylan Mares scored the lone goal of the game in the 50th minute.
The Cardinals will play a final exhibition of the preseason on Monday night at 7 p.m. against Lipscomb in Cardinal Park.
U of L opens the regular season on Sunday at Maryland.
VOLLEYBALL PICKED IN BIG EAST
The volleyball program, in its second-year under the direction of Anne Kordes, was picked as the favorite in the Big East Preseason Coaches poll.
The Cardinals received 12 of 14 votes as the top team in the conference. Ahead of Marquette, who was picked second, and Notre Dame.
Louisville finished 24-9, including 13-1 in the conference, in 2011 and captured its first-ever Big East regular season title. U of L returns several key players, including preseason Big East Player of the Year Lola Arslanbekova.
The volleyball team starts the season on Friday against Western Kentucky.