Junior Taylor Stone gave the seventh-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team a 1-0 lead, but a pair of second-half goals lifted third-ranked Virginia to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals Saturday at Trager Stadium. With the win, Virginia (14-2, 5-1) earns the 2017 ACC regular season title. Louisville (11-5, 4-2) snaps a seven-game win streak and moves to 6-1 at Trager Stadium this season.
“The first half was what we expected,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “It was an open game, fast, both teams had opportunities. I think what was disappointing is in after coming out at halftime, it was probably our first game in quite some time that we didn’t really pay attention to any of those adjustments at halftime. We were very undisciplined with very simple things even with the ball and certainly defensively… but collectively as a team you’ve got to do the ordinary things well, and we did not do that today.”
The Cardinals broke a scoreless after being awarded the first penalty corner in the 14th minute of the game. Stone’s initial shot got past Virginia goalkeeper Lucas Carrera, but hit the foot of a Cavalier defender resulting in a penalty stroke. Stone stepped up to the line and directed a shot into the cage for her seventh goal of the season to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Louisville took the lead into halftime after outshooting Virginia 6-2 and holding a 2-1 edge in corners.
Coming out of the break, the Cavaliers dialed up their attack and evened the score just two minutes into the period when Makayla Gallen sent a cross to Izzy McDonough who redirected a shot into the cage.
The teams continued to battle with Virginia maintaining possession throughout much of the half, reeling off six shots and earning four penalty corners, but the Cardinals’ defense held strong until the Cavaliers earned their fifth corner of the game with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Pien Dicke connected on a feed from Dominique vanSlooten to put UVA on top 2-1 with 2:09 left to play.
The Cardinals lifted goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran in favor of an extra field player, gained possession and moved into their attacking circle. Louisville earned a pair of corners in the final minute of play, but sophomore Minout Mink had a shot blocked and a second shot was stopped by Carrera to end the game.
In the game, UVA owned a 9-8 edge in shots and a 5-3 lead in corners. McFerran (7-4) had three saves while Lucas (13-3) also finished with three stops for the Cavaliers.
UofL will return to action Sunday when No. 4 Michigan visits Trager Stadium for the Cardinals’ Pink Game to support breast cancer research and awareness.
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