No. 17 Field Hockey Defeats Indiana 3-0 for Sixth Straight Win

Oct. 6, 2013

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Justine Sowry on the 3-0 win over Indiana

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team extended its win streak to six games with a 3-0 victory over visiting Indiana Sunday at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season, marking their best start since 2001. Indiana drops to 6-5.

"It was a great win," said University of Louisville head coach Justine Sowry. "Indiana is a great opponent and they are tough to play against. They defend very well. We stuck to our game plan and we were able to pass the ball around... Overall a very solid performance from an attacking point of view, we were able to execute some of our corners today. From a defensive point of view some much improved performances. "

The start of the game was pushed up from the originally scheduled 1 p.m. to 12:30 because of impending storms in the forecast. As it was, the majority of the first half was played in the midst of a steady rainfall. The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie midway through the first half after earning their second penalty corner of the game. Junior Mallory Mason inserted the ball and junior Paige Monsen and traded passes with sophomore Elisa Garcia who made it to the middle of the circle and fired a shot into the left side of the cage for her second goal of the season.

Louisville took a 1-0 lead into halftime after outshooting Indiana 8-3 and holding a 4-1 advantage in corners.

UofL quickly added to the lead when freshman Shannon Sloss connected on an unassisted goal from the left side of the circle just 29 seconds into the second half. Sloss's seventh goal of the season made the score 2-0.

The Cards added an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining on the clock. Garcia sent the initial shot toward the cage, but IU's Maggie Olson turned it back. Junior Alyssa Voelme gathered the rebound and sent it back into the cage for her team-best eight goal of the season.

In the game, Louisville outshot Indiana 15-6 and held an 8-2 advantage in corners. Cardinal goalkeeper sophomore Sydney King (10-2) had four save while Indiana's Olson (6-5)collected eight stops.

Sunday's game was also the Cards annual Pink Game in which the program collected money for breast cancer research. Donations for the cause are still being accepted click here.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Oct. 11 when they travel to Storrs, Conn. , to face No. 2 UConn (10-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) in a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams in BIG EAST Conference play.