Sep 1, 2013
RICHMOND, Va . - The University of Louisville field hockey team used second half goals from freshmen Shannon Sloss and Jennifer Pels to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat host Richmond 2-1 Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals improve to 1-1 while the Spiders drop to 0-2 on the season.
"Today's game was brutal," said U of L head coach Justine Sowry. "The conditions were some of the toughest we've experienced, but we endured. Richmond was the more poised team and showed more discipline on the day, however we showed a lot of toughness. We were resilient and kept fighting until the end which shows how much character this team has. It was not pretty by any means, but it is an outstanding result for the program."
The teams played through 30 scoreless minutes before Richmond broke through with a goal at the 30:35 mark. Taylor Deitrick dribbled into the circled and fired a shot which was stopped by Louisville goalkeeper Sydney King, but Deitrick collected the rebound and sent it into the cage to give the Spiders a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
The Cardinals answered 11 minutes into the second half. Freshman Lotta Kahlert dribbled the ball into the middle of the circle and dished a pass to fellow freshman Shannon Sloss whose first career goal tied the game at 1-1.
Richmond followed with an offensive attack, drawing two corners and firing off five shots in a six minute span, but the Cardinal defense stood strong with King picking up two saves.
Louisville mounted its own attack and capitalized with seven minutes left in the game when freshman Jennifer Pels connected on a penalty corner assist from sophomore Elisa Garcia to clinch the win.
In the game, Richmond outshot Louisville 10-4, but the Cardinals held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners. King finished the contest with four saves while Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski had two stops.
"I am incredibly proud of our team after this weekend's performances," said Sowry. "We must now be smart and take care of ourselves and prepare for an important home weekend this week."
The Cardinals will return to action next weekend when they play their home opener against William & Mary Friday at 1 p.m. and face Ohio University Sunday at 1 p.m. at Trager Stadium.
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