The University of Louisville soccer team continues to dream big, despite driving rain on Sunday and lots of ups and downs during the season.
Freshman Tim Kubel scored in the 87th minute and Ken Lolla’s team is advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 win over St. Louis University Sunday.
UofL is one of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams to make the round, along with Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia and Syracuse. Still another ACC team could be there if Clemson wins against Coastal Carolina in a game that was postponed until Monday because of inclement weather.
Louisville will square off against Maryland-Baltimore, which defeated Maryland 1-0 at College Park, Md. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at at Lynn Stadium next Sunday.
Mayor Greg Fischer had the right answer for a media member Monday when asked about a hypothetical backlash from local University of Kentucky fans about this Friday being proclaimed Cardinal Red Day in Louisville Metro.
A straight-forward, unvarnished answer that won instant admiration and respect for the mayor from University of Louisville fans for his gutsy response. A rare show of fearlessness for an elected official.
“They say they’re never going to vote for me again. I’m willing to take that risk. I remind them I’m the mayor of Louisville and not the mayor of Lexington,” said Fischer.
A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll in 2005 indicated that 53.7% of local residents are Cardinal fans as compared to 33.% for Kentucky partisans in the Louisville area, with the remainder following other teams.
Fischer encouraged people to wear red, businesses to display red in their windows and doors and residents to show red at their homes and in their neighborhoods. UofL and UK will meet in an NCAA Sweet 16 game at 9:50 p.m. Friday.
“I want to paint the town red – literally,” Fischer said. “Everyone knows that UK fans will be seeing red when the Cards win on Friday.”
In case you missed it, another University of Louisville basketball team is moving forward in NCAA tournament action. Next stop is Baylor in the Sweet 16 Sunday at Oklahoma City.
Sara Hammond, displaying a new level of toughness, was the battering ram in a decisive 76-63 win over a Purdue, a game in which the Lady Cards led from the opening tip to the closing horn. Heeding Jeff Walz call for her to get physical, Hammond muscled her way through a smothering Purdue defense, collecting a game-leading 21 points, including eight of 14 field goal attempts and a three-pointer, while leading her team with 10 rebounds.
Antonita Slaughter would finally find her range again, sinking three three-pointers on her way to 16 points. Shoni Schimmel was good for three more and a total of 14 points.
Bria Smith is doing quite well, thank you, after twice getting clobbered, knocked to the floor, lying there several minutes but somehow managing to return to action. Don’t let anyone tell you the women’s game isn’t physical.
The Lady Cards out-shot and out-rebounded Purdue, turning their 38-32 edge on the boards into 24 second-chance points. They got 33 points off Purdue’s 22 turnovers while improving their record to 26-8.
Rick Schimmel and Ce Ce Moses, the parents of Shoni and Jude Schimmel, witnessed one of the most impressive performances by the Lady Cards this season before 9,236 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.