Sept. 14, 2013
Justine ~nbsp>Sowry discusses the 1-0 loss at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 16 University of Louisville field hockey team's four-game win streak came to a halt with a 1-0 loss at Michigan (2-3) Saturday afternoon.
"It was an okay game," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "In the first half, Michigan really had more possession than us. We were chasing them around a lot. What we talked about at halftime was our defensive structure... the second half we made adjustments defensively and we started to compete a little and made a game of it. We had some opportunities."
After 14 scoreless minutes of play, the Wolverines broke through with a goal at the 14:56 mark. On their second penalty corner of the game, Ainsley McCallister sent a pass to Rachael Mack who redirected it into the cage for the only goal of the game.
Prior to Michigan's score, the Cards had an opportunity to score when shots by Megan Anstotz and Shannon Sloss were stopped by Michigan goalkeeper Haley Jones.
The teams went into the break with Michigan leading 1-0 after outshooting Louisville 5-2 and holding a 2-0 edge in corners.
In the second half the teams, continued remained locked in battle with Louisville outshooting Michigan 7-4 and the Wolverines holding a 4-3 edge in corners. The Cardinals had several scoring opportunities with shots on goal by Elisa Garcia, Victoria Stratton, but could not convert.
The Wolverines had a chance to add insurance goal with under four minutes remaining in the game, but sophomore Sydney King picked up two crucial saves to keep the deficit at one goal.
In the game, the teams were even with nine shots apiece while Michigan held an 8-3 advantage in corners. The loss marks the first time the Cardinals have been shut out this season. King (4-2) had four saves in the game while Michigan's Jones had five.
"We will take lessons out of this game," said Sowry. "They are a quality opponent, they're very physical. They have great structure defensively and attacking, but we've got to learn those lessons and move forward into next weekend."
Louisville (4-2) will return to action on Friday, Sept. 20 when the Cards play host to Old Dominion in their BIG EAST opener at 6:30. UofL will wrap up the weekend against Northwestern on Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free to all games at Trager Stadium.
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