LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) – The No. 23 University of Louisville field hockey team withstood a nearly two hour weather delay en route to a 3-2 win over visiting Davidson 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
“It wasn’t a pretty one, that’s for sure,” said U of L head coach Justine Sowry. “The delay in the game made for a very long day under difficult conditions. We had a win and that was a great thing, but a lot of lessons need to be taken away from this game.”
The Wildcats (1-2) struck first when Finley Amato took a pass from Melissa Funsten to give Davidson a 1-0 lead at the 10:01 mark.
The Cardinals scored a pair of goals in a four minute span to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Mallory Mason converted on a penalty stroke to knot the score at 1-1 and three minutes
Louisville pulled ahead three minutes later when senior Amber Thomas junior Erin Schneidtmiller dished a pass to the left post where junior Erin Schneidtmiller connected on her second goal of the season.
The Cards took the 2-1 lead into halftime after outshooting the Wildcats 8-4. Davidson held a 2-1 corner advantage in the first half.
U of L sophomore Becca Maddock increased the lead to 3-1 at the 45:54 mark, when she sent a feed from Mason past Davidson goalkeeper Sarah Fisher.
Davidson cut the lead to one goal at the 51:33 mark when Melissa Funsten scored with an assist from Danielle King to make the score 3-2.
With just under 17 minutes left to play in the second half, lightning forced the game to be delayed for an hour and 50 minutes. When the teams retook the field, Davidson fired off two quick shots and earned a penalty corner, but Louisville senior goalkeeper Erin Conrad posted two saves to get the win.
The teams had six shots apiece in the second half with Louisville leading 14-10 overall. Davidson held a 4-3 edge in second half corners and a 6-4 advantage in the game.
Conrad (2-1) had four saves while Davidson’s Fisher (1-2)collected six stops.
“Davidson didn’t allow us to play the game we wanted to,” said Sowry. “Some positives to take away were definitely our attack play – that was an area we really wanted to work on. We generated some pretty good scoring opportunities. Overall we need to take a lot of lessons from today and continue to grow and move forward.”
The Cardinals return to action on Monday when the play host to Ball State at 2 p.m.