LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Alyssa Voelmle had two goals and an assist to lead the No. 14 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 6-0 win over Kent State (8-10) in the Cards’ regular season finale. UofL wraps up the 2013 regular season with a 15-4 overall record and a perfect 10-0 mark at Trager Stadium.
“To get a win like that, is obviously a very good win,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “Our shot percentages as far as shots on goal to goals were probably the highest of the season, so that was well-done by our team. But we need to get back to the drawing board for our team and get back to our identity in preparation for the BIG EAST tournament. I was very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year.”
The Cardinals got on the scoreboard midway through the first half when they were awarded their first penalty corner of the game. Sophomore Elisa Garcia inserted the ball and junior Paige Monsen provided the stop for Voelmle who directed a shot into the right side of the cage for her tenth goal of the season.
Louisville added another goal with less than four minutes remaining in the first half. Voelmle sent a penalty corner pass to sophomore Victoria Stratton whose fifth goal of the season gave the Cards a 2-0 lead.
UofL took the 2-0 lead into halftime after outshooting the Golden Flashes 8-2 and holding a 5-0 advantage in corners.
The Cardinals went on to score four more goals in the second half. Junior Becca Maddock increased the lead to 3-0 when she fired off a shot which was stopped by Kent State’s Jahna Jordan, but she was there to collect her own rebound and deposit it into the cage for her seventh goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Voelmle tallied her second goal of the game and her team-best 11th of the season when she connected on a penalty corner with assists from Monsen and junior Mallory Mason.
After assisting on the first goal of the game, Garcia registered one of her own to increase the Cards lead to 5-0. Stratton’s penalty corner shot ricocheted off of the post and Garcia sent the rebound past Jordan for her third score of the year.
Freshman Jennifer Pels capped the score with 1:16 left in the game. Senior Michelle Amon sent a long pass from outside the circle. Pels received the ball, drew Jordan out of the cage and delivered a shot from the left post into the right corner for the 6-0 final.
In the game, Louisville outshot Kent State 16-6 and held a 10-0 advantage in corners. King had four saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season. Kent State starting goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart had three stops while Jordan had one save.
The Cardinals will travel to Storrs, Conn. , to play in the BIG EAST Championship Nov. 8 and 10. UofL posted a 6-1 record in BIG EAST play, capturing a share of the 2013 regular season title along with Connecticut and Old Dominion. As a result of tiebreaker which came down to goal differential, Louisville has earned the No. 3 seed in the league tournament and will face No. 2 seeded ODU in the semifinals.
• With the win, the Cardinals improve to 15-4, the most victories since 2001, when they won a program-best 16 games.
• The Cards will be making their ninth straight BIG EAST Championship appearance. Louisville has reached the semifinals every season since joining the league in 2005.