LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Alyssa Voelmle scored her first two goals of the season to guide the No. 15 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 4-2 victory over visiting New Hampshire Sunday at Trager Stadium.
"We knew this was going to be a tight game," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "We set the tone early in both of our games this weekend. We got out of the gates very fast and we were there together as a team. We played some great hockey against a very good opponent today. I was very impressed with the first half. New Hampshire is a tough team and they came out really strong. It was our goal to keep our identity and work hard on achieving our goals against a really good opponent. They brought it in the second half even more so and it was a huge challenge for us. At the end of the day, I'm very happy."
Louisville (2-0) jumped ahead quickly, scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Voelmle put the Cardinals on the board at the 2:04 mark when she scored off of a penalty corner from the left side of the cage. Just four minutes later, junior midfielder Elisa Garcia notched her second goal of the season when she dribbled into the circle and scored, putting the Cards up 2-0.
Redshirt freshman Stephanie Byrne rounded out the first half offense for the Cardinals when she scored from the left side of the cage with 20:25 left in the half.
New Hampshire answered with under five minutes left in the first half when Lindsey Nerbonne scored off of a penalty corner with assists from Meg Flatley and Kellie Joyce.
The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead into halftime while holding a 7-4 shot advantage and earning four corners to New Hampshire's three.
The teams battled evenly through the second half with the shots tied at 4-4 and earning two corners apiece. After playing through 28 scoreless minutes, the Wildcats broke through with the first goal of the half to cut the lead to one goal. Emma Compagna's shot from wide right of the cage landed just inside of the left post with 5:33 left to play to make the score 3-2.
The Cardinals' only goal of the half came with no time left on the clock. After a penalty corner was called in the closing seconds of the game Voelmle powered a shot into the cage with assists from Mallory Mason and Paige Monsen.
Louisville outshot New Hampshire 11-8 on the day and held a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners. Junior Sydney King recorded three saves for the Cardinals. With the victory, UofL extends its home win streak to 12 games dating back to the 2012 season.
Carlie Tarbell registered six saves for the Wildcats (0-2).
The Cardinals (2-0) will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they face Dartmouth in Evanston, Ill., in the first of a four-game road swing. Following Saturday's game, Louisville will play No. 14 Northwestern on Sunday.