Oct. 24, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-10, 0-5 BIG EAST) hosts No. 14 Louisville (12-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) Sunday at noon in the team's final home game of the season.
The Wildcats fell to Providence last Saturday, 2-1. The Friars took a 2-0 lead into halftime and junior back Maddy Harding scored at 62:19 to start a comeback for the Wildcats. However, Villanova was unable to keep the momentum as it dropped the match. Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann made nine saves in the game.
Harding leads the Wildcats in goals (6) and is tied with junior forward Jessica Swoboda for the lead in points (15). Harding and Swoboda each have a pair of defensive saves on the season. Diekmann has started 11 games this season and currently holds a 1.22 goals against average and a .598 save percentage.
The Wildcats are currently tied for ninth nationally in defensive saves with nine on the year.
Villanova fell to Louisville last season, 3-1. Sophomore forward Kayla Kenney scored in the game.
The Wildcats are 2-7-0 all-time against the Cardinals.
Scouting the Cardinals
No. 14 Louisville (12-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) is coming off a 2-0 win over Northwestern last Sunday. Back Victoria Stratton and forward Becca Maddock each scored for the Cardinals while goalkeeper Sydney King made 10 saves in the contest. King was named the BIG EAST's Defensive Player of the Week for her play last weekend.
Alyssa Voelmle, Erin Schneidtmiller and Shannon Sloss are each tied with eight goals to lead the team. Voelmle and Schneidtmiller are tied with 19 points on the season. King has played every minute for the Cardinals in goal this season and holds a 1.52 goals against average and a .750 save percentage.
The Wildcats fell to Louisville last season, 3-1. Sophomore forward Kayla Kenney scored in the game.
The Cardinals are 2-4 in away games this season.