No. 16 Men's Soccer Hosts UC Irvine, CSU Bakersfield

 



Sept. 12, 2013

Louisville vs. UC Irvine Friday - 7:30 p.m., ET CardsTV Video Gametracker
Louisville vs. CSUB Sunday - 5 p.m., ET CardsTV Video Gametracker

Video: Lolla Previews the Weekend Matches with UC Irvine and CSU Bakersfield

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 16th-ranked Louisville men's soccer team welcomes a pair of west coast guests this weekend as UC Irvine and CSU Bakersfield visit Cardinal Park for non-conference matches.

The Cardinals will open the weekend on Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m., ET against UC Irvine in a match that will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the Louisville women's soccer team's home match against Morehead State. On Sunday, the Louisville men will host CSU Bakersfield at 5 p.m., in the final game of a four-match homestand at Cardinal Park.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at Cardinal Park prior to this weekend's game or in advance through the UofL Ticket Office by calling (502) 852-0120 or emailing tickets@gocards.com. To purchase 2013 season tickets or to become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or email tickets@gocards.com for more information.

Live video of both home matches this weekend will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com, while live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the men's soccer schedule page at GoCards.com.

Game Day Promotions
Friday: International Night at Cardinal Park
- First 150 fans through the gates will receive Louisville soccer exclusive International night T-shirts
- Louisville soccer posters in Spanish available while supplies last
- La Prisiosa will be broadcasting the game with in-game interviews of Santiago Velez of the Louisville men's soccer team and Charlyn Corral of the Louisville women's soccer team
- UofL marching band will perform at halftime
- Postgame autograph session
- Jumpies area for kids

Sunday:
- Schedule keytags for the first 250 fans through the gates
- Postgame autograph session

National Rankings
Louisville (2-1-0) entered this week's games ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA coaches poll and No. 20 in the Soccer America Top 25. After suffering their first loss of the season last Saturday against Butler, the Cardinals dropped nine spots in the coaches poll and 10 spots in the Soccer America poll. Neither UC Irvine (2-1-1) nor CSU Bakersfield (2-1-0) was ranked in either of the major polls entering week three of the season.

Teams
The Cardinals dropped to 2-1-0 on the season following a 1-0 loss to visiting Butler last Saturday night at Cardinal Park. The only goal of the night came in the final moments of the opening half when Butler's Anthony Smith, Jr., put a foot on a deep cross into the left side of the box from Vincent Mitchell and scored with just 1:02 to go before halftime.

UC Irvine enters Friday's match at 2-1-1 following a 2-0 loss at Xavier on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. Last season, the Anteaters were 5-14-1 overall and finished last in the South Division of the Big West Conference with a 2-8-0 record.

CSU Bakersfield, the preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, enters the weekend at 2-1-0 overall after earning wins at Sacramento State (3-0) and UC Davis (2-0) last weekend. Last season, the Roadrunners were 9-5-5 overall and finished first in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pacific Division with a 6-3-1 league mark.

Head Coaches
The Cardinals are guided by head coach Ken Lolla, who is 90-43-19 in his eighth season at the helm in Louisville. UC Irvine is directed by George Kuntz, who is 172-151-49 in his 19th season with the Anteaters, while CSU Bakersfield is led by Simon Tobin, who is 298-181-52 in his 27th season with the Roadrunners.

Series History
Friday's match will be just the second all-time between Louisville and UC Irvine with the Cardinals earning a 2-1 victory over the Anteaters last October at Cardinal Park. Sunday's match will be the first ever between Louisville and CSU Bakersfield on the soccer pitch.

Up Next for Louisville
Following this weekend's home matches, Louisville will open American Athletic Conference action with a road game at UCF on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., ET in Orlando, Fla.

Following the Cardinals on Social Media
Fans can follow Louisville men's soccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uoflmenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLmenssoccer.

 

 

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