Nov. 19, 2011
Louisville, Ky. -
NCAA 2nd Round Notes
The 15th ranked Louisville men's soccer team will host Bradley in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Cardinal Park. The Cardinals earned as first round bye as the No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Bradley advanced to the second round after defeating Loyola-Chicago 2-1 in first round action.
It is the fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the Cardinals and the second straight year as one of the Top 16 seeded teams. The Cardinals finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-6-2, playing arguably one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Louisville faced six of the top 16 seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. Senior All-American Colin Rolfe leads the Cardinals in scoring with 20 points (8 goals, 6 assists). Cardinal keeper Andre Boudreaux has collected 11 shutouts on the season. He leads the team in goal with a 0.77 goals against average.
Bradley is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and the Braves are 3-5-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Bradley enters the game with a 14-5-2 overall record. The Braves overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Loyola-Chicago 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior Bryan Gaul leads Bradley in scoring with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Billings leads the Braves between the posts with a 0.85 goals against average, along with 79 saves and five shutouts. Bradley is 1-2-1 all-time as a road team in the NCAA Tournament and the Braves have dropped two straight postseason road games.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths, students and senior citizens. Tickets will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. at the athletic ticket offices. You can also call the athletic ticket office at 852-5151 for tickets. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $4.
The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 to face the winner of the Maryland-West Virginia game on Sunday, Nov. 27.