U of L fall sports weekend preview

Anne Kordes

Football isn't the only sport on tap for the University of Louisville this weekend. Cardinal Authority has a look at some of the Olympic sports and where they will be playing this weekend.

The University of Louisville football team looks to continue their hot start as they stay at home this week to take on Florida International. But the football team is not the only sports action in town as there are many more U of L teams in action this weekend.

The field hockey team is ranked No. 19 in the country and hopes to bounce back from a tough road loss against Michigan as host No. 20 Old Dominion (1-5) on Friday at at 6:30p.m. and Northeastern (3-2) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Trager Stadium.

Freshman Shannon Sloss leads the Cardinals with four goals and one assist on the season, while junior Alyssa Voelme has four goals.

U of L's men's tennis team is coming off a very positive showing at the Louisville Fall Invitational where junior Michael Lippens, and sophomore Jeffrey Brown, and freshman Eric Bonfre were selected to the all-tournament team while junior Luis Elizondo was named tournament MVP. The Cardinals hope to continue the success this weekend in the Purdue Invitational and a matchup against No. 1 Virginia.

The women's golf team looks to continue their streak of three consecutive first place finishes to start the season as they head to Knoxville for the Mercedes Benz women's collegiate. The Cardinals won the Cardinal Cup last weekend.

The No. 16 U of L men's soccer team heads to Orlando and will face Central Florida in the first American Athletic Conference game on Saturday at 7. The Cardinals are coming off a four-game, second-half performance in a 4-2 win over CSU Bakersfield.

On the women's side of the soccer ledger, the Cardinals have won two in a row and head to Milwaukee to meet No. 21 Marquette (5-3) on Saturday at 7 o'clock. The Cardinals are 4-2-1 on the season and start AAC play next weekend.

U of L's volleyball team will finally get to play a home match. The Cardinals (2-6) have played eight straight matches on the road but play a pair in Cardinal Arena on Saturday in the Active Ankle Challenge presented by the Marriott Downtown. The Cardinals play Rice at noon and then meet Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m.

U of L's rowing team kicks of their season as they travel to Bloomington for an all-day scrimmage against Indiana. This is the second season in a row that they have opened up with a scrimmage against Indiana. Head coach Derek Copeland has a solid plan heading into the opening scrimmage.

"Our plan is to put our top 16 athletes in two even crews of eight and our next 8-12 rowers in even crews of four," Copeland said.

Early next week the men's golf team will host the Cardinal Intercollegiate. The two day event will be held September 23-24 at the Cardinal Club.

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