Match Day: #9 Louisville vs. #2 Maryland
Date: August 29, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium (5,300)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Twitter Updates: @UofLMensSoccer
Series Info: Louisville trails 1-3-0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 9 Louisville men's soccer team begins a new era on Friday night as No. 2 Maryland visits for the 2014 season-opener. The Cardinals will play their first ever match at the newly constructed Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium while also kicking off their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Friday's matchup with the Terrapins is tentatively set for an 8 p.m., ET start on ESPN3 and the contest will follow the completion of the Louisville women's soccer team's home-opener against Ole Miss (5:30 p.m.). The match will be the first of 11 home matches scheduled for Louisville in 2014. It will mark the fifth meeting all-time between the Cardinals and Terrapins and the first since Louisville's NCAA road loss in 2012.
CARDINALS SET TO DEBUT LYNN STADIUM
After 14 seasons at Cardinal Park, the Louisville men's soccer program officially opens its new home in 2014 with the debut of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals played their final official match at Cardinal Park on Nov. 21, 2013 when they advanced past Denver in a first round match in the NCAA Championship. Playing host to some of the program's most memorable matches, Cardinal Park remains as the home to the Louisville track and field program. Located across from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium just south of Cardinal Park on Floyd Street, Lynn Stadium is a state-of the-art stadium featuring a capacity of more than 5,300 as well as a 15,500-square-foot training center. The Cardinals' move into the highly competitive ACC this season is aided by arguably the nation's best soccer facility.
ANOTHER PRESEASON TOP 10 RANKING
The Cardinals enter their debut season in the ACC as one of six ranked program's from the league as the Cardinals were No. 9 in the Soccer America preseason top 25 released on Wednesday.
Louisville, which closed 2013 ranked 18th in the nation after going 11-5-4, is joined in the preseason top 25 by second-ranked and reigning NCAA champion Notre Dame, No. 3 Virginia, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 16 Wake Forest and No. 19 Clemson from the ACC. The Cardinals, ranked in the preseason top 10 for the fifth straight season, will host the Tigers on Oct. 24, will visit the Fighting Irish on Oct. 10 and will travel to the Demon Deacons on Nov. 1.
The Cardinals were also ranked 14th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll released on Aug. 6. Louisville is joined by top-ranked Notre Dame, No. 3 Virginia, No. 11 Wake Forest and No. 22 North Carolina from the ACC in the NSCAA poll.
LOUISVILLE TABBED TO WIN ACC ATLANTIC
Louisville was chosen as the favorite to win the Atlantic Division by ACC head coaches. Notre Dame was tabbed as the team to beat in the ACC and in the Coastal Division in a vote of the 12 conference head coaches. The Irish were also named by six coaches as favorite to win the league championship, followed by Virginia with three votes, North Carolina with two and Louisville with one. The Cardinals received nine 12 first-place votes while totaling 69 total points as the Atlantic Division favorite. Wake Forest (57 points) and Clemson (50) both collected first-place votes and are followed in the poll by NC State (30), Boston College (26) and Syracuse (20).
BRODY, VELAZCO NAMED TO TOPDRAWERSOCCER TOP 100
Sophomore midfielder Andrew Brody and junior forward Ricardo Velazco were each named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Top 100 released on Wednesday. Ranked 46th overall, Brody scored three goals and added eight assists in 20 starts as a freshman in 2013. Velazco, ranked No. 54, led the Cardinals with seven goals and nine assists while starting all 20 matches in his first season in Louisville in 2013. The Louisville duo are among 17 players from the ACC on the preseason list.
BALL, KELLER AND MOORE CHOSEN AS TEAM CAPTAINS IN 2014
A trio of seniors -- goalkeeper Joachim Ball, defender Daniel Keller and midfielder Nolan Moore -- were announced as team captains for 2014 by head coach Ken Lolla during the team's annual media day activities on Aug. 13. Ball started 19 matches in 2013 finishing with eight shutouts and making 53 saves for the Cardinals, who won the American Conference regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Ball ranked 15th nationally in goals against average at 0.688 and was a key player as Louisville set school records for consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal (560) and consecutive shutouts with five from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6.
Another key player in the Cardinals' stretch of shutouts last season, Keller started 18 matches and made 19 total appearances as a junior. He scored three goals, all game-winners, while adding one assist. In his three seasons, Keller has played in 52 matches with 40 starts while scoring five goals. Moore started seven matches and played in 18 games overall in his first season in Louisville after transferring from Cal Poly. He finished with two goals and both were game-winners for the Cardinals in 2013.
BROADCAST DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR FOUR LOUISVILLE MATCHES
The Cardinals are scheduled to have three matches in 2014 on ESPN3 - the Aug. 29 season-opener against No. 2 Maryland at Lynn Stadium, the Oct. 3 road game at N.C. State and the Oct. 24 home contest against Clemson. All of the ESPN3 broadcasts will also be available on the WatchESPN mobile app. In addition, Louisville's first ACC match against Duke on Sept. 13 at Lynn Stadium will be carried by NSCAATV.com. Overall, fans will have access to more contests involving league teams than ever before as the ACC's media rights holders will distribute at least 122 events live this fall, surpassing the previous record of 101 set last year. In addition to the 122 events announced Tuesday as part of the ACC's Olympic Sport conference package, other games will be carried by the official websites and regional cable partners of the ACC institutions and further appearances also may be added as other conferences announce their television packages.
LOLLA ONE VICTORY AWAY FROM 100 WINS AT LOUISVILLE
The winningest coach in the history of the Louisville men's soccer program, head coach Ken Lolla will earn his 100th victory at the helm of the Cardinals with their next win. Having led Louisville to three conference championships in the last five seasons and seven straight seasons with at least 11 wins, Lolla has also guided the Cardinals to seven consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. Louisville has made three NCAA Elite Eight appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2010 when the Cardinals won a school record 20 games before falling to Akron in the title game of the College Cup.
CARDINALS MAKE THE MOST OF ONLY SEASON IN AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Entering the 2013 season with high expectations, a preseason national ranking and pegged as the second choice in the race for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, the Louisville men's soccer team rose to the challenge during the record-setting season. The Cardinals delivered their seventh straight season with double-figure wins finishing with an 11-5-4 mark overall. The regular season was highlighted by surpassing the expectations of the coaches in the American Conference by winning the regular season championship with a 5-1-2 league mark. Advancing to the NCAA Championship for the seventh straight season and hosting their 10th NCAA game at home, the Cardinals also added numerous individual honors in 2013 with a conference player of the year award, five all-conference selections and a trio of all-region honorees.
LOUISVILLE LEADERS IN 2013
Ricardo Velazco led the Cardinals with seven goals, nine assists and 23 points in his first season at Louisville. Andrew Brody was second on the team with eight assists this season to go with three goals, while Jimmy Ockford had four goals, including three game-winners. Zack Foxhoven, Marlon Hairston and Daniel Keller had three goals each for Louisville. Goalkeeper Joachim Ball, with 19 starts, had eight shutouts along with a 0.69 goals against average.
CARDINALS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Following the completion of the NCAA Championship, Louisville ranked 18th in goals against average at 0.71, 27th in shutout percentage at 0.45 and 34th in save percentage at 0.808. Individually, Ricardo Velazco ranked 15th nationally in total assists with nine, 19th in assists per game at 0.45 and 41st in total points with 23. Joachim Ball ranked 15th in goals against average at 0.688, while Andrew Brody was 26th in total assists with eight.
LOUISVILLE MAINTAINS NATIONAL RANKING THROUGHOUT 2013 SEASON
Louisville closed the 2013 season ranked 18th in the final NSCAA coaches poll released on Dec. 17. The Cardinals remained among the nationally ranked teams in the NSCAA poll throughout the season rising as high as No. 6 on Oct. 22 and slipping as low as No. 22 on Sept. 17.
LOUISVILLE WINS INAUGURAL AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Entering the season as the second choice in the race for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, the Louisville men's soccer team rose to the challenge during an impressive regular season. The regular season was highlighted by surpassing the expectations of the coaches in the American Athletic Conference by winning the regular season championship with a 5-1-2 league mark. After clinching a share of the title with their 2-1 win at Memphis on Oct. 26, the Cardinals claimed the championship outright with their scoreless draw against USF on Nov. 3 in the regular season finale at Cardinal Park.