Senior GK Chloe Kiefer
Aug. 16, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville women's soccer team will open its 2012 regular season slate on Friday at 7 p.m., ET against Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.
Friday's regular season opener follows a pair of preseason home wins last weekend for the Cardinals against Ohio State (1-0) and Wright State (3-1).
The Cards enter 2012 following their best season in school history advancing to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 and closing 2011 ranked 24th in the final NSCAA coaches' poll. With its 14-7-3 record overall, Louisville set a school record for wins while also earning its first ever BIG EAST Conference National Division title. Making its third NCAA Championship appearance ever, U of L earned a first round win over Dayton and eliminated No. 4 seeded and previously unbeaten Memphis in the second round before falling to No. 1 seed Florida State in the Sweet 16.
Butler finished 8-10-2 overall in 2011 and was sixth in the Horizon League with a 3-5-0 league record. The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal round of the Horizon League Championship before ending its season with a loss to Milwaukee.
Louisville holds a 6-3-1 advantage in the all-time series with Butler, which dates back to 1991. The Cardinals have won six straight overall in the series, including a 1-0 neutral site win in double-overtime last season in Lexington, Ky.
Following Friday's match, the Cardinals will host Purdue on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., ET in the regular season home-opener at Cardinal Park.