The Louisville men's soccer team is in the NCAA tournament after a one year hiatus. The Cards (12-5-2) received the 4-seed- equivalent to the last 1-seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. The high seed gave the Cards a first round bye and get to host the second round.
The game time is set for 5:00 today at Lynn Soccer Stadium. The Cards' opponent is the Bruins out of UCLA. UCLA (10-7-2) are back in the big dance for the 44th time.
Series Overview U of L and UCLA are known to have some exciting matches when the two teams meet. Their most recent game was in 2011 in Louisville, KY., in the quarterfinals. The Bruins claimed a 1-0 victory in double overtime. The previous season the Cards topped the Bruins 5-4 in a snowy offensive shootout in Louisville, KY., in the quarterfinals. Overall, Louisville leads UCLA 2-1.
Prediction These games never disappoint. UCLA and U of L have a great post-season rivalry. The Cards have one of the hottest offenses in the country, led by Mohamed Thiaw. UCLA finished fourth in the PAC-12 and have a strong defense. Their offense is well-balanced among a plethora of players. The cold weather and Lynn Stadium crowd will play a factor in today's game, as well as the Cards' first round bye, which gave them extra rest. Louisville wins 2-1 in regulation.