University of Louisville Olympic sports notes

Here's a weekly look back at some of the happenings in Olympic sports at the University of Louisville during the past week.


Junior Katie Walz scored her first goal of the season just two minutes into the second overtime to lift the University of Louisville women's soccer team to a 4-3 victory over Purdue on Friday at Cardinal Park.

The No. 18 ranked Cardinals moved to 2-0 on the season with the victory after also beating Butler 2-0 last week to open the season.

"It was definitely an exciting game for the fans, but maybe too exciting for me," said U of L head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "I thought we were great from the middle third to the final third and that was reflected in us being able to score four goals.

"I thought we were a little out of character in the back. I thought we were hesitant and we just didn't trust ourselves the way that we normally do. A staple of this program has been our back four, so that was a little off tonight. But with the quality of kids we have in the back, we'll watch some video, they'll get fired up and we will be better next Friday."

The two teams played a scoreless 10-minute first overtime before Charlyn Corral, who had three assists in the game, passed to Walz. She found the back of the net from 25-yards away for the game-winner.

Angelika Uremovich scored two goals, while Casey Whitfield added another for the Cardinals in the victory. U of L had a 25-9 advantage in shots.

The Cardinals will play next weekend in the UK Invitational in Lexington, meeting Southeast Missouri on Friday and UNC-Greensboro on Sunday.


The University of Louisville volleyball team opened the season with a solid showing – a 2-1 record – in the Active Ankle Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals beat Western Kentucky on Friday night and then took out Morehead State on Saturday morning before falling to No. 3 ranked Penn State 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 in the final game of the weekend on Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions feature one of the best teams in the country and have one of the best players – Louisvillian Deja McClendon. She had 11 kills and 11 digs.

"Congratulations to Deja McClendon, it is great to see a hometown girl come home and do great," U of L coach Anne Kordes said. "I was pleased with our preparation and our fitness level and our level of training. Penn State just took us out of our game, which is what good teams do. This will be good for us, this is the reason we play this kind of matchup and learn from it. "

Lola Arslanbekova had 18 kills and eight digs against Penn State and was named to the All-Tournament team along with Kaitlynn Welch.

U of L will return to action on Wednesday against Kentucky at 7 p.m.


The Cardinals split games this weekend in field hockey, losing to No. 21 Northeastern 3-2 in Friday's opener but beating Miami (Ohio) 3-1 on Sunday.

"We're happy to get our first win on the board," said U of L head coach Justine Sowry said after Sunday's victory. "There were some very positive aspects of our game (on Sunday).

"We took a look at our game on Friday and focused on some areas particularly our passing, transferring. We were able to do that today and generated a lot of attack. We certainly in our front third, we'll take a good look at positioning and see what we can improve on next, but we certainly came a long way."

No. 23 U of L got two assists from Paige Monsen in the loss, picking up goals from Haley Jurich and Alyssa Voelmle. The two teams went scoreless for the first 19 minutes before Northeastern scored the first goal and later tied it at 2-2 with 0:04.00 left in the first half off a penalty corner.

The game-winner game midway through the second half for Northeastern.

In the win on Sunday, junior Erin Schneidtmiller scored first for Louisville. The Cardinals outshot the Redhawks 12-0 in the first half.

Becca Maddock, Jordan Long and Haley Jurich added second-half goals.

U of L outshot Miami 20-6, while goalkeeper Erin Conrad had two saves.

The Cardinals will host Davidson on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. and Ball State on Sept. 3 at 2 o'clock.


The U of L men's soccer team traveled to College Park, Md., for the season-opener and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 3 Maryland on Sunday.

The No. 7-ranked Cardinals were outshot 8-7 in the game. A heavy rain drenched the field at Maryland just before the game started.

The Cardinals play next on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Belmont in Cardinal Park.


**Two Louisville women's lacrosse players – Janaye Dzikewich and Katie Oliverio – were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association's Academic Honor roll. Dzikewich has a 3.96 GPA in her graduate program, whole Olivero has a 3.77 GPA in sports administration.

**Sophomore men's golfer Max Walz will play in the Omega Masters, a high-profile event on the European Tour beginning Thursday. The event will be televised on The Golf Channel. As a freshman last season, Walz appeared in five events, posting a pair of top 10 finishes. He was 10th at the Big East Championships.

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