Louisville Soccer, yes, a big deal

Is that a bandwagon coming this way? Not every day a University of Louisville team is ranked No. 1 in the country.

A total of 1,755 fans saw U of L defeat 18th-ranked St. John’s 2-1 in overtime here last weekend. One won’t be able get close to Cardinal Park if this team makes it back undefeated for a match against Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 16th.

Here’s soccer coach Ken Lolla fielding questions from Sean Moth on last week’s coaches show. Might be able to pick up a little jargon for use at the water cooler.

Louisville Soccer ranked No. 1

Lo and behold.

The University of Louisville soccer team is ranked No. 1 among collegiate soccer teams, according to this week’s rankings over at Top Drawer Soccer.

The site projects the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers on an ongoing basis, including every automatic conference berth.

Ken Lolla’s team is 7-0-2 through its first nine matches, with wins over North Carolina State, Fordham, Appalachia State, Missouri State, Kentucky, Providence and St. John’s. The two ties were 0-0 affairs with 11th-ranked Ohio State and 17th-ranked Duke.

Louisville, which was ranked fifth last week, leaped past Akron, where Lolla coached the 13 seasons, after the Zips tied Ohio State 2-2. Akron is 7-0-2 as well.

UConn, not on U of L’s schedule this season, is in third place with an 8-0-2 record.

U of L plays at Rutgers Saturday and at Cincinnati next Wednesday before returning home to meet Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 15th.

The Irish eliminated Louisville from the NCAA tournament last season.

Louisville soccer not chopped liver

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Ken Lolla aims high, setting his sights on an NCAA soccer championship at the University of Louisville.

With his team ranked 20th in the pre-season NSCAA poll and 24th by College Soccer News, Lolla and company have been enduring the 90-degree-plus temperatures preparing for the 2010 campaign.

Coming off a 14-3-3 season that saw the Cards advance to the NCAA tournament, U of L returns one of the top attacking offenses in college soccer with forwards Mark Knight and All-America Colin Rolfe. Louisville went 8-2-3 against Big East opponents and 6-1 against non-conference opponents, including wins over Indiana and Kentucky.

The season starts Saturday, Aug. 21st with a 5 p.m. exhibition game against Lipscomb at Cardinal Park. Regular season action begins in the prestigious Duke tournament Friday, Sept. 3rd where the Cards will vie with the Blue Devils and North Carolina State. The annual game against UK will be Wednesday Sept. 29th at 7 p.m. in Lexington.

Paul Sykes

Bandwagon Time

[stextbox id=”alert”]Who cares if it’s Friday the 13th? The locals finally have a reason to get excited about soccer:

The fifth-ranked University of Louisville soccer team will square off against Notre Dame at 5:30 today in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament at Morgantown, WV.

The game will be telecast live by CBS Sports, channel 531 on Insight Cable. Coach Ken Lolla’s goal is to win the national championship. He’s not given to coach speak, rah-rah talk or idle chatter.

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Louisville Soccer Gets 10th Shutout

[stextbox id=”custom”] soccerJump on the bandwagon time for University of Louisville soccer, which Wednesday notched its 10th shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over 25th-ranked Indiana University at Cardinal Park.  U of L is ranked 8th and 11th in national soccer polls with a 10-2-2 won-lost-tied record.

The team is coached by Ken Lolla, whose stated goal is to bring a national collegiate championship to Belknap Campus. The squad returns to action Saturday, hosting Rutgers at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

That U of L goalie is Andea Boudreaux from New Orleans, and he’s only a sophomore.