Sept. 13, 2013
Justine ~nbsp>Sowry on the 5-0 win over UC Davis
ANN ARBOR, Mich.- Five different players scored to help the No. 16 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 5-0 win over UC Davis Friday at Michigan's Ocker Stadium. With their fourth-straight win, the Cardinals improve to 4-1 on the season while the Aggies drop to 1-3.
"Today's game certainly wasn't as easy as the score indicates," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "It took us a little while to adapt to the surface - it was a little faster and bouncier than we're used to - coupled with UC Davis' pressure. They're a very athletic and fast team and put a lot of pressure on us."
The teams played through 22 scoreless minutes before the Cardinals broke through. Louisville was awarded a penalty stroke when an aggressive tackle by goalkeeper Danielle Herrington impeded Shannon Sloss' progress toward the goal. Junior Mallory Mason stepped up to the penalty stroke line fired a shot into the left corner of the cage for her first goal of the season.
Six minutes later, the Cardinals added another goal off of a penalty corner opportunity. Sophomore Elisa Garcia's initial shot was saved by UC Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington, but freshman Lotta Kahlert was there to corral the rebound and send a feed to sophomore Megan Anstotz who sent the ball past Herrington. Anstotz's first goal of the season gave Louisville a 2-0 lead.
The Cards took the lead into halftime after outshooting the Aggies 7-2. The teams had three corners each in the first half.
In the opening minutes of the second half, UC Davis quickly gained possession and mounted an early attack, but Cloey LemMon's shot was stopped by Louisville goalkeeper Sydney King and the Cardinal defense held strong. With the ball back in their possession, the Cards earned the first penalty corner of the second half and capitalized on the opportunity. Junior Paige Monsen stopped Mason's insert and sent a pass to Stratton whose first goal of the season gave the Cards a 3-0 lead at the 43:50 mark.
Louisville also connected on its next corner attempt, this time junior Alyssa Voelmle sent the initial shot into the right corner of the cage with assists from Mason and Monsen. Voelmle's team-best fourth-goal of the season made the score 4-0.
The Cardinals capped the scoring at the 57:34 mark in the game when freshman Erin McCrudden sent a long pass from near the sideline into the circle where Sloss connected and sent into the upper right part of the cage for her fourth-goal of the season, tying her with Voelmle for the team-lead.
In the game, Louisville outshot UC Davis 12-5 and held a 6-5 edge in corners. King (4-1) collected two saves in her first career shutout. Herrington finished with two stops for the Aggies (1-3).
"As the game went on, we continued to stick to our game plan and our basic skills and things started to open up for us," said Sowry. "Overall a good result and now we look forward to matching up against Michigan tomorrow. We'll have to be a lot sharper on the ball and we'll be working hard for each other."
UofL (4-1) will take on host Michigan Saturday at 1 p.m.