Coming off of a 7-9-3 2015 season, the Louisville men's soccer team has turned things around in the 2016 season. Sitting at 7-1-1 and 3-0-0 in the ACC, U of L has risen to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the year's first RPI.
The Cards are won on three teams in the ACC with a 3-0 record. Wake Forest and North Carolina are the other two.
Graduate transfer Stefan Cleveland has proven himself as one of the nation's top goalkeepers. He is 1st in the ACC and 5th nationally in goals against average (0.324). Cleveland is 2nd in the ACC and 13th in the nation in save percentage (0.857). This season Cleveland has recorded six shutouts and a total of 18 saves.
Junior transfer Mohamed Thiaw has found success with seven goals on the season. Thiaw has four game-winning goals in 2016, which is No. 1 in the nation. His seven goals are first in the ACC and 11th in the NCAA.
Senior Tim Kubel, who set a U of L record with four saves against Virginia, has seen some national attention as well. With seven assists, he is first in the ACC and 2nd in the country.
The ACC has found its way into the NSCAA Coaches Poll and the RPI.
The Coaches Poll features: 2. Notre Dame 3. Syracuse 4. North Carolina 5. Clemson 9. Louisville 11. Wake Forest 18. Virginia Tech Receiving Votes: Virginia and Boston College
The RPI features: 1. Notre Dame 2. Louisville 3. Clemson 5. Syracuse 6. North Carolina 11. Boston College 14. Virginia Tech 23. Wake Forest 37. Virginia 72. Duke 117. North Carolina State 165. Pittsburgh
You can see the full rankings of the Sept. 27 update of the Coaches Poll here and the Sept. 27 update of RPI here.
The next game for U of L is Friday, September 30, at Boston College, who is 5-3 and 1-3 in conference play.