Call soccer Cardinals the Snowbirds

| November 3, 2011
U of L junior Buck Tufty (pictured in a game earlier this year) scored one of Louisville’s two goals against Villanova.

U of L junior Buck Tufty (pictured in a game earlier this year) scored one of Louisville’s two goals against Villanova.

The Louisville Cardinals wrapped up their regular season last Saturday in Philadelphia with a 2-0 win over Villanova in a white, snowy mess.

The game was moved up two hours to try to avoid the oncoming storm, but it didn’t help. By the 11 a.m. kick off, more than 3 inches of snow covered the field. The snow continued until the second half before turning into a mixture of sleet and freezing rain.

Not a problem for the Cardinals. They led 1-0 at halftime, then Nick DeLeon solidified the lead with a second goal early in the second half.

The Cards finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak and have home field advantage for the first round of the Big East tournament.

The snow brought back fond memories for these Cardinals. One of the program’s proudest moments came when Louisville defeated UCLA on Dec. 4, 2010, to advance to the NCAA College Cup on a snow-covered field at Cardinal Park. Maybe it’s the snow, or maybe this team is finding its groove at just the right moment. Regardless, the Cards head into the postseason with momentum.

Fogarty a target
Saturday’s match at Villanova resembled a snowball fight, with Wildcats’ goalkeeper John Fogarty as the target. Louisville rattled off 27 shots to just 12 for Villanova, including 10 shots on goal. The victory not only helped them finish in the top four of their division, but gave the Cards a confidence boost heading into the Big East tournament.

“This is a different team than last year, but in a sense, they are better prepared,” coach Ken Lolla said. “Last year we went into the postseason undefeated, and we had not faced the same adversity as this season. We’ve had ups and downs this year, but these kids know how to win.”

Maybe so, but an early snowstorm in Louisville certainly wouldn’t hurt.

U of L will play Providence Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

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