As expected, your Louisville men's soccer team has earned the overall #1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Cards have a bye in the 1st round and will host their 2nd round game at 7pm EST this Sunday, Nov 21 at Cardinal Park.
The seeds were just announced so check
back later below for a link to the full bracket and info on the Cards' potential 2nd Round opponents.
In the meantime, call 502-852-5151 to purchase tickets to Louisville's 2nd Round match on Sunday night. From the C-J:
Tickets for Sunday’s game are $7 for adults and $5 for youths, students and senior citizens. They will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the athletic ticket offices on the third floor of the Student Activities Center or can be obtained by calling the athletic ticket office at (502) 852-5151. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for $3.
For the local hardcore soccer fans, Louisville will also host the Division II Men's Soccer Final Four in December. FYI, your 2nd cousin's Northern Kentucky men's soccer team is still alive in the DII Quarterfinals. .
The Cards will host the winner of East Tennessee State and College of Charleston in the 2nd Round this weekend. I've actually heard of College of Charleston and am thereby projecting them to be the [unlucky] winner to advance and play Louisville on Sunday. This will be East Tennessee State's first-ever apperance in the men's soccer NCAA Tournament.
Louisville Head Coach Ken Lolla is confident his relatively inexperienced Cards are prepared for what lies ahead; “I think the season has prepared us,” the fifth-year coach said. “It was the first time (having a) No. 1 ranking, and a lot of people said, ‘Now you have a target on your back.' We said it was great preparation for the NCAA Tournament. It's going to be the same way. We expect to see everyone's best every single night. When we receive that, it's only going to make us better.”
A few notes:
-- Over the past two seasons, Louisville is 17-0-3 at Cardinal Park.
-- If UC Santa Barbara (unseeded) makes it to the Semifinals, they will have a huge advantage as they are hosting the Final Four. UCSB, the 2006 National Champs, will have to go through #6 California in Berkely, CA first.
-- Also chalk up a home-like advantage for #8 seed UCLA if they make it to the Final Four. Santa Barbara is an hour drive from UCLA's campus.
-- If Louisville had to face Michigan State (unseeded), they wouldn't meet until the College Cup Semifinals round (Final Four) in Santa Barbara, CA.
-- Barring upsets in the 2nd round, #3 seed Akron will host #14 seed Indiana in the 3rd round. Those are the two teams that scare me the most. Louisville did not play IU this year but the Hoosiers knocked the Cards out of the '09 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory in a game controversially played at IU. Akron was the #1 team in college soccer for most of the season before the Cards overtook them late. The Zips are no pushover.
-- Other teams to look for:
- #15 seed Penn State, who beat the Cards 2-1 in a preseason exhibition match back in August
- #16 Ohio State, who tied Louisville 0-0 in the only game played at Cardinal Park that the Cards didn't win this season. Louisville would play Ohio State at Cardinal Park on Sunday, Nov 28th should both teams advance past their respective 2nd Round opponents.
- #9 seed Notre Dame; although UofL has beaten ND twice this season (2-0 and 1-0), they know each other very well which could spell a tough matchup for the Cards
- Duke (unseeded); Louisville went to Raleigh and tied Duke 0-0 in a season-opening tournament back in September
- South Florida (unseeded); the Cards beat USF 2-1 in 2OT in a regular season tilt played in Tampa; I like the Bulls' chances to advance as my sleeper pick based on the simple fact that every soccer team I've ever played from that area of Florida has been rediculously good.
- Tulsa (unseeded); my other sleeper pick; no credible reason given other than the fact they won the C-USA Conference Tournament; and they have a cool(?) mascot.
- 2010 NCAA Tournament teams that have won multiple National Championships in men's soccer: #2 Maryland, #6 Virginia, #8 UCLA, #11 UConn, #14 Indiana and (#FU) Michigan State