Oct. 2, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Kayla May scored twice as the 16th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team defeated visiting Rutgers 6-1 in a BIG EAST Conference matchup Friday afternoon at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 6-4 (1-2), while the Scarlet Knights drop to 1-10 (0-3).
"It was very important that we step up for a conference game immediately after last weekend's hard fought loss," said U of L head coach Pam Bustin. "Despite the score, Rutgers forced us to stay focused and really pay attention to the team's structure which is important for us as we continue to build on every game."
U of L jumped to an early lead within the first seven minutes of the game. May connected on a rebound off of a penalty corner to put the Cards on the board at the 5:23 mark and less than a minute later, sophomore Hayley Turner struck to increase the lead to 2-0. May notched her second score at the 7:11 mark as the Cardinals enjoyed a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals capitalized on a penalty corner to cap the first half scoring when junior Nikki Auker connected on a rebound from May's shot to make it a 4-0 game. Louisville entered the break up 4-0 after outshooting Rutgers 11-1 and holding a 6-2 advantage in corners.
Midway through the second half, Jenna Bull put Rutgers on the board with a feed from Brittany Bybel, making the score 4-1.
U of L pulled ahead with two more quick goals when junior Rachel Hollenbach scored at the 59:03 mark and freshman Haley Jurich connected on Turner's pass at the top of the circle and drilled a shot into the cage for the 6-1 final.
In the game, the Cardinals outshot the Scarlet Knights 18-5 and held a 9-4 lead in penalty corners.
The Cards will face No. 8 Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. at Trager Stadium. That game will be televised by WHAS11 and aired following the Jimmy Kimmel show on Oct. 5.