LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The fourth-seeded Louisville men’s soccer team begins its march to the 2018 College Cup with an NCAA Championship second round tilt against Michigan State Sunday at 5 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The match will be televised on ESPN3 and live stats will be available at GoCards.com.

Louisville enters the 2018 NCAA Championship at 11-4-3 overall after defeating a trio of ranked foes to win the program’s first ACC Championship. The Cardinals entered the ACC Championship as the No. 4 seed after registering a 4-2-2 conference record. Louisville is positioned to play at home in each round of the NCAA Championship prior to the College Cup, which is set for Dec. 7-9 in Santa Barbara, California. With a win over the Spartans, the Cardinals would host either No. 13 Georgetown or West Virginia in a third round match Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m., ET at Lynn Stadium.

Tate Schmitt, MVP of the ACC Championship and an All-ACC First Team honoree, leads the Cardinals with five goals and eight assists this season. Cherif Dieye (All-ACC Third Team) also has five goals, including the game-winner against North Carolina in the ACC title match, while Adam Wilson has four goals. Elijah Amo and Geoffrey Dee (All-ACC Second Team) have scored three goals each. Goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch (ACC All-Tournament Team) has six shutouts in 14 starts and a 0.87 goals against average.

Michigan State, which earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship, advanced to Sunday’s match with the Cardinals after registering a 2-0 win against UIC in Thursday night’s first round contest in East Lansing. The Spartans, making their eighth NCAA appearance in the last 10 years, have an 11-4-4 record overall and were fourth in the Big Ten with a 4-2-2 conference mark. MSU is guided by 10th-year head coach Damon Rensing.

Louisville is 1-2-1 all-time vs Michigan State. The Cardinals suffered a 1-0 loss in double overtime to MSU in East Lansing in 2013 in an NCAA second round match. The Spartans have just one visit to Louisville, earning a 6-1 win in 1994.

Making its 11th NCAA Championship appearance in the last 13 years, Louisville is 14-9-2 all-time in the tournament with one College Cup appearance (2010). The Cardinals are 12-4-2 all-time at home in NCAA Championship matches.

Thirteen of Louisville’s 18 matches in 2018 were played against NCAA Championship qualifiers with the Cardinals registering a 6-4-3 record in those contests. Louisville registered wins against top-seeded Wake Forest, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Duke, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Georgetown and Georgia State. The Cardinals earned draws with No. 16 Syracuse, NC State and Charlotte. UofL was defeated by No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 3 Kentucky, No. 7 Notre Dame and Lipscomb.

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Daryl Foust

Lifelong fan of the Louisville Cardinals, been covering the teams since 2012, graduated from c/o 2015, Writer/Contributor for TCZ for Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball & Softball since 2016.

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