Nice start on a 74-degree night with gentle breezes as members the University of Louisville (in white uniforms) and Ohio State soccer teams line up for the National Anthem Tuesday at Lynn Stadium. Louisville would get 15 shots at the goal, most of them high and wide, compared to only six for Ohio State. The Buckeyes, however, would connect on one of theirs, winning 1-0 and ending UofL’s four-game win streak.
Fans not among the 2,817 in attendance would have enjoyed this one despite the outcome. The ACC-leading Cardinals travel to North Carolina State Friday and return home Tuesday for a match against Indiana.
The University of Louisville is leading the nation in college soccer attendance, averaging 5,193 fans per game.
Attendance has remained strong since the opening game when 7,047 witnessed a 1-0 win over then-ranked No. 2 Maryland in the first official men’s game in the new Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. Maryland is second in attendance at 4,592 per match, while UConn is third at 4,038.
Ohio State arrives in Louisville for the 19th meeting between the two schools Tuesday at 7:30. The match is the 19th meeting between the schools in soccer. The series is tied 7-7-4.
Louisville, which has a 5-1-1 mark overall and is undefeated (3-0)in ACC action, started a four-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory at home against Duke, followed by wins over Boston College, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Ohio State is 2-3-3.
The University of Louisville’s ninth-ranked soccer team will square off against archrival Kentucky Tuesday at the Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, hoping to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Wildcats in Louisville last season.
Could be a real challenge for the Cardinals because UK hasn’t allowed a goal in four straight wins, one of which was 1-0 decision over then No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. UofL, meanwhile, is coming off consecutive wins over Boston College and Duke and has a 3-1-1 won-loss-tie record.
Ken Lolla’s team is currently in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2-0 mark, while UK has yet to play a Conference USA foe.
The game will be televised on SEC Plus, which isn’t available on Time Warner Cable. However, it may be available on ESPN3, where it is listed on the schedule and the slot was working Tuesday morning.
Admission to the game for all fans will be one penny each, with proceeds going to the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington.
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The Louisville vs Wake Forest football game Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be televised by ESPNU with a 3:30 p.m. kick off and announcers Clay Matvick and Anthony Becht calling the game. The game will also be carried on Sirius Radio on Channel 108 and on XM on Channel 193.
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Mark Blankenbaker, who runs the Crunch Zone fan blog, will be getting married Friday, somehow persuading his bride-to-be not to have their fall wedding on a football Saturday.
He will make the Wake Forest game at Papa John’s but the couple will be honeymooning next week and could miss the Syracuse telecast. One out of two is not bad for the groom.
Best of luck to the happy couple as they begin their journey.
University of Louisville soccer has come a long way since the men’s team played its games out on Shelby Campus in the late Seventies when maybe two or three dozen people would roam the sidelines.
On Friday night, the men’s and women’s teams played a doubleheader before 7,047 fans on the opening day of Lynn Stadium, the dream stadium for college soccer teams. The women’s team defeating Mississippi 1-0 in the first game and the men’s team upending No. 2 Maryland 1-0 in the nightcap.
Attendance was the second highest ever for a soccer game in the state, exceeded only by the UofL-UCLA regional championship populated by 7,821 fans in December 2010.
An historic day, worth preserving with a video of the opening ceremonies for people who missed out on another UofL milestone, joined in progress. At about the 6:20 mark, Tom Jurich can be heard, telling the observer to get the silos in the video:
A five-minute thunderstorm half way through the ribbon-cutting ceremonies couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that turned out Thursday for the official opening of the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium on the University of Louisville campus.
The entire setting had an historic feel to it with all dazzling graphics throughout the stadium, the demolition of the silos in the background, and with a 50-car freight train passing by on the north end of the field.
Ken Lolla, coach of the UofL men’s soccer team, thanked Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics for his visionary thinking, proclaiming that college soccer would be forever changed by the completion of this particular stadium.
“Student athletes are going to come play in here and have an experience like they’ve never had,” said Lolla. “There will be coaches who will come in here and go back to their athletic directors and athletic departments and say, ‘We need to do something more. We need to do something better.’
“Because of that inspiration and the vision we have created, the big winner is going to be college soccer. This date is historic. College soccer will never be same.”
Benefactor Mark Lynn, who, along with this wife Cindy, donated $5 million to help build the $18 million plus stadium, said he was just honored to be a small piece of the process. “I love this university and am excited to be a part of such a dynamic program,” he said.
Coach Ken Lolla gets the crown jewel of college soccer stadiums. The silos will be gone next week.