Field Hockey Defeats William & Mary 4-1 in Home Opener

Sep 6, 2013

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Justine Sowry on the 4-1 win over William and Mary

<P>LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman <A HREF=Shannon Sloss scored two goals while fellow freshman Jennifer Pels had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Louisville to a 4-1 win over William & Mary in the Cards' home opener Friday afternoon at Trager Stadium.

"We are always excited to play at home," said head coach Justine Sowry. "William & Mary was a really tough opponent and we certainly learned a lot of lessons from today's game. We've started to combine really well now. Our connections are working, which is fabulous and we got a lot of opportunities and I think everyone is contributing in that sense."

The Cardinals (2-1) jumped to an early lead when they were awarded a penalty corner four minutes into the game. Junior Mallory Mason inserted the ball and junior Paige Monsen provided the stop for Voelme who registered her second goal of the season.

William & Mary (2-1) answered less than two minutes later on a penalty corner of their own. Taylor Hodge delivered a shot into the cage with assists from Pippen Saunders and Chaney Manganello to even the score at 1-1.

Louisville pulled back ahead at the 23:01 mark when freshman Hailey Netherton dribbled down the end line to the right side of the cage and dished a pass to Pels who connected on her second career goal to make the score 2-1.

The Cards took the 2-1 lead into halftime after outshooting the Tribe 7-4 and holding a 5-2 advantage in corners.

The start of the second half featured a midfield battle before Sloss broke through with her first goal of the game. Pels sent the ball in from the right side of the field into the circle where Sloss slammed a shot past Tribe goalkeeper Cate Johnson to give the Cards an insurance goal in the 43rd minute of play.

Four minutes later, Pels and Sloss combined again with Pels delivering a feed from outside the circle to Sloss who was posted in front of Johnson to notch her team-best third goal of the season for the 4-1 final.

The Cards finished the game with a 10-8 lead in shots and a 6-5 edge in corners. Louisville sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King recorded five saves in the game while William &Mary starting goalkeeper Meredith Savage had four stops in 58:11 minutes in the cage.

"From a defensive standpoint, we can definitely get better. I think across the board our individual defensive skills weren't good. We were learning lessons from William & Mary, they were a really good opponent. They were made it difficult for us, they defend well, they reverse pressure well and they stayed in the contest well. Those are all things we want to do, so we can take a lot of lessons from this but overall I'm happy to get a win like this against a really well-coached unit - and we move on."

Louisville is back in action Sunday when Ohio University visits Trager Stadium for a 1 p.m. matchup.

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