Louisville was among eight ACC teams in the preseason top 25 (6 in the Top 10!) including Wake Forest, who reached the national title game in 2016, leads the conference at No. 2. North Carolina, which also advanced to the College Cup last season, will begin the season ranked No. 4. No. 5 Clemson, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 9 Louisville, and No. 10 Notre Dame round out the ACC teams in the first 10 positions. Virginia is at No. 13 and Virginia Tech is ranked 17th while reigning NCAA champion Stanford is at No. 1.
Anticipation for the 2017 season on the pitch is increasing with each day for the Cardinals, who advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in the last seven seasons in 2016. Under the guidance of head coach Ken Lolla, who is in his 12th season at the helm at UofL, the Cardinals enter their fourth season in the ACC paced by the return of All-American defender Tim Kubel, All-ACC attacker Mohamed Thiaw and All-ACC midfielder Geoffrey Dee.
The 2017 season will also be the fourth for the Cardinals at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, the nation’s premier collegiate soccer venue. Louisville’s 10-match home schedule includes six matches against NCAA qualifiers No. 25 Butler (Aug. 28), Kentucky (Sept. 5), No. 2 Wake Forest (Sept. 9), Boston College (Sept. 22), USF (Sept. 26) and No. 4 North Carolina (Oct. 13). The UNC game will also serve as the centerpiece for Cardinals’ Alumni Weekend. UofL will open the 2017 regular season schedule against UC Irvine on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.