Louisville MF Cody Cochran dribbles the ball downfield against NC State on October 21st, 2017. Photo by Mike Gilpatrick, River City Cards
what's ahead for louisville in stacked acc tournament
On the back of defeating Clemson on the road last Friday to conclude their regular season slate, the UofL Men’s Soccer team will return to the confines of Lynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1pm to host an ACC Quarterfinal match. Facing the Cards will be the winner of 11th seeded Boston College and the 6th seed Virginia who play on Wednesday. Between the 2 possible opponents, UofL has only met Boston College this season, a resounding 4-0 home win on 9/22 behind a two score effort from Jr Forward Tate Schmitt.
The Card’s 5-2-1 conference record earned them a 3 seed in what is arguably an even tougher tournament than the NCAA’s 48-strong College Cup tournament that will begin in a few short weeks.
Looking past Sunday’s matchup, the Cards would most likely travel to Chapel Hill in a rematch with 2 seed North Carolina, should they survive Pitt or Notre Dame. The Cards played the Tar Heels to a contentiously contested goalless draw just a few short weeks ago, and a semifinal matchup on the road may come as welcome to the Cards, who are perfect in 6 games away from home.
In the field of the ACC tournament are no fewer than 9 ranked teams, which count both Louisville and UNC among the top 4 in RPI, while the United Soccer Coaches poll holds the Cards at 6th. Other top 25 teams in the RPI are Wake Forest (2), Duke (3), Notre Dame (10), Virginia (11), Virginia Tech (23) and Pitt (24). The final will take place at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, SC on Sunday 11/12, while the NCAA’s Selection Show for the field of 48 will take place the following evening.