From Top Drawer soccer:
The contrast between these two teams will make it an interesting affair. And if North Carolina wants to be successful, it will have to avoid letting the game be played in its own half of the field.
North Carolina, who became the first program in NCAA history to go to a third straight College Cup, will try to forget all its previous failures - a 2008 final and a 2009 semifinal loss - and try to claim its second title since 2001. For California-natives Jalil Anibaba, Jordan Gafa, and Farfan, there will be extra incentive to win a title close to home and family.
Louisville might be a giant in soccer at the moment, but is new to the College Cup, making its first appearance in program history. The Cardinals will come into Santa Barbara with a Big East unbeaten record of 22 straight games, surpassing St. John's record of 21 back in 1993. But all that doesn't matter under the lights of Harder Stadium unless you win.