The University of Louisville men’s soccer team opens up NCAA Championship play on Thursday night against Western Michigan in the opening round at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN+.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are on sale now for Thursday’s match. Fans can purchase tickets online at https://am.ticketmaster.com/uofl/ncaamsoc1 or at the ticket window at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium on Thursday. All tickets are general admission and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (17 & under). The first 50 UofL students to claim a ticket at the window on Thursday will receive free admission.

CARDS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Louisville is making its second straight NCAA appearance and 14th overall, all of which have come in the last 16 seasons. The Cardinals have qualified for the postseason in three of John Michael Hayden’s four seasons at the helm.

UofL is 16-12-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 2-2-0 mark under Hayden. The Cardinals are 13-6-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament home matches and 6-4-1 inside Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium.

Louisville has reached the NCAA quarterfinals on five occasions, tallying three straight trips from 2010-12 and consecutive appearances in 2016 and 2017. The Cardinals deepest tournament run concluded with a runner-up appearance in the 2010 College Cup.

SERIES HISTORY

Louisville and Western Michigan will meet for just the second time in program history on Thursday. WMU defeated Louisville 1-0 in a neutral site match during the 2003 season.

ROED, CAMARA EARN ALL-ACC HONORS

Louisville midfielder Sander Roed and forward Aboubacar Camara each garnered All-ACC honors for the second straight season. The Cardinals have had multiple All-Conference selections in eight of the nine years since joining the league.

Roed was voted to the league’s First Team after earning Third Team recognition as a freshman. The sophomore leads the Cardinals and ranks second in the ACC with eight assists on the season.

Camara earned his second All-Conference award after leading Louisville with five goals heading into the NCAA Championship.

LOUISVILLE BATTLE TESTED HEADING INTO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

Forty-eight teams make up the NCAA Championship field and the Cardinals have a strong familiarity with a chunk of them.

Louisville has matched up against 10 NCAA Tournament teams this fall, eight during the regular season and two in preseason exhibition matches. UofL was 3-4-1 in the eight regular season matches against NCAA postseason teams.

The Cards squared off against seven of the 16 national seeds – No. 1 Kentucky, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Duke, No. 9 Lipscomb, No. 12 UNC Greensboro and No. 13 Indiana. Louisville also played Pitt, Saint Louis and Wake Forest, which are all playing in the opening round.

FOUR CARDINALS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Louisville had four student-athletes named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team for their work in the classroom.

Parker Forbes, Josh Jones, Sander Roed and Bradley Sample were all selected and advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and have played in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests.

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Description automatically generatedSTEPHEN WILLIAMSAssistant Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics

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