Freshman Charlie van Oirschot’s goal with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter lifted the University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over Boston College in an ACC matchup Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
Louisville improves to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in ACC play as the Cardinals completed their home season prior to playing their final five games on the road. Boston College drops to 0-1 in its season opener.
“Boston College brought it today, and they showed us something a little bit different than what we’ve been used to,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “The were very fast and very feisty. For us, it knocked us off our rhythm a little bit. The game definitely went in ebbs and flows and waves. We certainly had our opportunities and we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net like we should have or like what we have been doing.”
Louisville started its attack early in the game, firing off eight shots and earning three penalty corners in the first quarter. BC goalkeeper Jonna Kennedy turned back three of Louisville’s shots before senior Meghan Schneider connected on a penalty corner assist from senior Mercedes Pastor to put the Cards on the scoreboard with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
The teams played more evenly in the second quarter with the shots tied at 2-2 and Louisville owning a 2-1 edge in corners before the Eagles evened the score with an unassisted goal by Elizabeth Warner with 1:32 left to play in the half.
Louisville regained the lead in the third quarter after a Boston College was issued a yellow card – one of six cards awarded in the game, each team with three – leaving the Eagles with only 10 players on the field. Shortly thereafter, the Cardinals connected on a penalty corner attempt. Sophomore Emilia Kaczmarczyk’s initial shot was blocked by a defender and van Oirschot perfectly-timed the rebound with a line drive into the cage. Her second goal of the season put the Cards on top 2-1 at the 43:53 mark in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Boston College earned three penalty corners, and lifted Kennedy in favor of a field player with 29 seconds remaining in the contest, but could not capitalize.
In the game, the Cards outshot the Eagles 19-4 with a 12-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 9-4 edge in penalty corners Kennedy had 10 saves in the game, while UofL goalkeeper Hollyn Barr had one save.
“Their goalkeeper played really well – I would’ve expected us to have a few more goals,” said Sowry. “Overall, solid defense effort, but we certainly have some areas of the game we need to focus on if we’re going to have a good weekend next weekend against Wake Forest.”
With today’s win over Boston College, the Cardinals avenged last season’s NCAA quarterfinal loss to the Eagles who advanced to the NCAA semifinals after a 2-1 win in a sudden-victory shootout on November 17 at Trager Stadium.
“This topped off a good weekend against two Final Four teams from last year,” said Sowry. “We had two Final Four teams from last year, and to get two quality wins means a lot for our program. We’ve been working very hard and it has been a long journey just to get back on the field again.”
Louisville will return to action next weekend with the Cards hit the road for a pair of games at Wake Forest.
|Lori Korte Harmon Assistant Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics|