After wrapping up a three-week road stretch which included games against four ranked opponents, Louisville will return to the friendly confines of Trager Stadium this weekend to face No. 11 Wake Forest in an ACC matchup on Friday at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the Cardinals will face No. 13 James Madison. Admission is free.

Friday’s field hockey action will start with a neutral site matchup between No. 13 James Madison and Ball State at 3:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear black for the Cardinals’ 6 p.m. contest against ACC foe Wake Forest.

The Cardinals return to action with a non-conference contest against JMU – Louisville’s sixth consecutive top 20 opponent. Wake Forest and Miami (Ohio) are slated to play a neutral game at Trager Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

The Weekend Ahead
Sept. 22: No. 11 Wake Forest at No. 15 Louisville, 6 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Trager Stadium
Promotion: Black Out – T-Shirts to first 200 fans; Cardinal Cup, Student-Appreciation Night
Television: None
Live Scoring: GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @ULFieldHockey

Sept. 24: No. 13 JMU at No. 15 Louisville, 12 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Trager Stadium
Promotion: Louisville Field Hockey Stadium Cup Giveaway (while supplies last)
Television: ACC Network Extra (Announcers: Cortnee Walton and Suzanne Irwin Bush)
Live Scoring: GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @ULFieldHockey

• Louisville (4-4, 0-1 ACC) enters the weekend ranked No. 15 in the NFHCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, marking UofL’s 45th straight appearance in the top 20 dating back to the 2013 season.
• Senior co-captain Nicole Woods leads the Cardinals with four goals and nine points. Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina also has nine points with three goals and three assists. Sophomore Minout Mink stands tied for second on the team with three goals.
• Ayeisha McFerran (0-3) holds a 2.45 goals against average in five appearances after being sidelined due to injury for the first three games of the season.
•Hollyn Barr (4-1) carries a 1.12 goals against average and an .773 save percentage.
• Justine Sowry is in her seventh season at the helm for the Cardinals. The 2016 NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year has compiled an 84-45 record at Louisville and has an overall 142-76 record while in her 11th season as a head coach.
More Cardinal Quick Hits
• The Cards were picked to finish fourth in the ACC preseason coaches’ poll. Ayeisha McFerran, Minout Mink and Nicole Woods earned All-ACC preseason honors.
• UofL went 15-6 in 2016 and earned their third consecutive NCAA at-large bid. Louisville returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s team and welcomes 10 newcomers.

Cards against the opponents
Wake Forest
Series History: Wake leads 11-4
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2016 – UL won 2-0 in Winston-Salem.
• Lotta Kahlert and Lizzie Gittens each score a goal. The Cardinals fired off 15 shots in the game, eight of them landing on goal. The Louisville defense held Wake Forest to three shots in the game and Ayeisha McFerran posted two saves.
Scouting the Demon Deacons: No. 11 Wake Forest enters the weekend with a 4-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in ACC play. The Demon Deacons are currently on a three-game win streak with impressive victories over No. 4 North Carolina (3-1), No. 23 Ohio State (3-1) and most recently a 3-1 overtime win against No. 3 Syracuse.
• Jule Grashoff leads the team with six goals and 13 points. Emily Adamson follows with three goals and six points.
• Isla Bint (3-1) carries a 2.70 goals against average with 23 saves.

James Madison
Series History: Tied 2-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 20, 2015 – Louisville won 5-0
• Victoria Stratton opened scoring for the Louisville, followed by Stephanie Byrne. Nicole Woods lead the Cardinals for the night registering two goals in the second half and Shannon Sloss recorded their final goal, giving the Cardinals the 5-0 win.
Scouting the Dukes: No. 13 James Madison enters the weekend with a 5-2 record. The Dukes are coming off back to back losses to Duke (3-1) and North Carolina (3-0)
• Duke is led offensively by forward Miranda Rigg with 13 points (6G, 1A). Ashley Gippe follows with eight points (four goals).
• In goal, Sara Kraeutler (4-2) carries a 1.65 goals against average with 27 saves and two shutouts on the season.

Last weekend: The 11th-ranked Cards team fell 5-0 to No. 4 Duke in their ACC opener Friday evening at Duke’s Jack Katz Stadium.
• In the game, the Blue Devils outshot Louisville 20-2 and held a 5-2 edge in penalty corners. Junior Ayeisha McFerran (0-2) collected six saves in the game while junior Taylor Stone paced the Cardinals with two shots. Sammie Steele posted her fourth shutout of the season for Duke.
• The loss marked the most goals surrendered by Louisville since Sept. 18, 2015 when it fell 5-0 to then-No. 3 North Carolina in an ACC matchup.

Up Next: The Cardinals will face their seventh consecutive ranked opponent on Sept. 29 when No. 6 Syracuse visits Trager Stadium for an ACC matchup.

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Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics

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