The Cards open the 2017 season ranked 9th in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll.

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.






The Cardinals will officially report for the 2017 season next week. Louisville will host the fifth annual Kickoff Banquet on Friday, Aug. 11 in the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Kickoff Banquet will begin a busy weekend for the Cardinals, who will play their first preseason match the following night (Saturday, Aug. 12) against Lipscomb (7:30 p.m.) at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter (@UofLmenssoccer) at and on Facebook at

Season tickets for the 2017 University of Louisville soccer season are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by phone at 502-GO-CARDS or in person at the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans can also renew their season tickets from last season by logging in to the My Cardinal Account or by calling 502-GO-CARDS.

Season ticket holders will receive tickets for all men’s and women’s matches while sitting in the same seats for every match. Season ticket pricing at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium remains the same in 2017 as it has been since the facility opened in 2014. Season tickets in the reserved seating areas are as low as $3 per match, while general admission/berm/bleacher tickets are as low as $2.25 per game with the family plan.

Unique on field and game day group experiences are also available and more information is available at For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, call 502-GO-CARDS or email

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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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