25 Feb Racing Louisville FC to face U of L women’s soccer team in training
The snow and cold have not stopped preseason activities for Racing Louisville FC, as the team announced its five-game preseason schedule on Thursday, which features a match this Saturday against the University of Louisville women’s soccer team. The newest edition to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will also play Vanderbilt (March 7), West Virginia (March 13) and closes on a two-game series against Florida State scheduled for March 24 and 28.
“The weather’s just turned, so we got blue skies,” said Racing Louisville coach Christy Holly. “I think we should make it a couple of good, long weeks where we can get a lot of work done with the team, which is very exciting.”
Holly stressed the importance of making sure the U of L women’s team was on the schedule and hopes that the exhibition can forge the kind of connection between the two programs that would continue to grow the sport of soccer in the city.
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“That was vital,” he said. “We’ve talked about this a number of times to ensure we have real strong connections within the communities. It was very important to us and hopefully, long term, it helps to build those relationships and maybe grow the game a little bit further right here in Louisville.”
Racing was also joined by their top overall pick Emily Fox, who returned from training with the U.S. National Team and is looking forward to using this period to learn her teammates and sharpen up her skills as a defender. Racing Louisville held its first scrimmage this past weekend.
“These games are critical for us to understand each other and get those kinks out,” Fox said.
Wins and other positive results would be nice, but the team is focused on getting their chemistry and rhythm in good order as they prepare for NWSL’s Challenge Cup, which starts April 9.
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