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.