Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes
May 21, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Highlighted by an eight-match home slate as well as eight games against programs that advanced to last year's NCAA Championship, the Louisville women's soccer program released its challenging 2013 schedule on Tuesday morning.
"It has been extremely important to us to have a difficult non-conference schedule to better prepare for the rigors of the American Athletic Conference schedule, and this schedule showcases that," said Louisville women's soccer head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "We look forward to some new and unfamiliar opponents on this year's schedule as well as playing at a tournament as prestigious as the event at Wake Forest where we will play Wake and Virginia Tech. Obviously, with our transition into the ACC in 2014, this will be a great preview for our younger players to prepare for the ACC."
Following a pair of exhibition road games at Vanderbilt (Aug. 11) and Purdue (Aug. 17), the Cardinals' regular season schedule will open at home on Friday, Aug. 23 against Butler (7 p.m., ET). The opening weekend will conclude with a visit from Illinois on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., at Cardinal Park in the first of five straight matches for Louisville against 2012 NCAA Championship qualifiers.
Louisville will then take to the road for a pair of games against future league foes at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. The Cardinals will open the weekend against Virginia Tech on Aug. 30 before concluding against the host Demon Deacons on Sept. 1. UofL will stay on the road the following weekend for the annual matchup with rival Kentucky on Sept. 6 in Lexington before traveling to Oxford, Ohio for a Sept. 8 contest against Miami (Ohio).
The Cardinals will return home to host in-state foe Morehead State on Sept. 13 followed by a visit from UT-San Antonio on Sept. 15. Louisville's final non-conference matchup will be a road game at 2012 NCAA qualifier Marquette on Sept. 21.
Louisville's 2013 American Athletic Conference slate opens with home games against Memphis (Sept. 27) and Rutgers (Sept. 29). A weekend road swing through Texas will follow with matches at SMU (Oct. 3) and Houston (Oct. 6). The Cardinals' final regular season home matches will feature visits from USF (Oct. 11) and UCF (Oct. 13) before closing the 2013 schedule with a trio of road games. Louisville will visit Temple (Oct. 17) and Connecticut (Oct. 20) before close the regular season at Cincinnati on Oct. 25.
The American Athletic Conference Tournament is set to open with first round games on Oct. 31 before concluding with the title game on Nov. 10. The 2013 NCAA Championship is scheduled to begin with first round action on Nov. 15-17 while the national champion will be crowned on Dec. 8 in Cary, N.C.