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Monday, November 27, 2017

Tournament Time! -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Tournament Time


Two tournament updates this morning.  Men's Soccer and Volleyball are both in tournament season.

Men's Soccer


The Men's Soccer team advanced over Colgate by a score of 2-0 last night at Lynn Stadium.  Goal's by Tate Schmitt and Walker Andriot in the first half made the tally for the Cardinals, while the defense was able to largely shut down the Colgate attack.  The Cards led in nearly every statistical category with 11 shots to 5, 5 of those were on goal for the Cards compared to only a single on goal for Colgate.  Louisville had 4 corner kicks in the first half, while Colgate only had 2 in the 2nd half.

Schmitt's goal game at 34:47 off of a corner set piece inbounded by assister extraordinaire Tim Kubel, who put the shot right on Schmitt's forehead to put it home.  Andriot's goal came at 40:21, with the assist to Ziyad Fekri.  Initially it looked like Schmitt had gotten a touch on this one as well, but it was later ruled that he hadn't, so the goal goes to Andriot.

The Cards continue their march to the College Cup with a 7pm matchup with the Akron Zips.  Akron advanced in a 3-2 win over Wisconsin, and also defeated Louisville in 2010 in the finals of the College Cup in Santa Barbara, CA.  If the Cards win this game, they advance to this year's College Cup in St. Louis.

Volleyball


The NCAA Selection Show for the Volleyball field of 64 was last night at 9pm.  Media, including yours truly, were invited down to the Cardinal Volleyball film room where the team watched the unveiling of the brackets.

The Cardinals were guaranteed a berth, but speculation was all over the place as to where they would be placed in the bracket.

The Cards will be traveling to Minneapolis, MN to Maturi Pavilion for the sub-regional hosted by Minnesota.  The 1st round opponent for UofL will be the University of Northern Iowa.  UNI sports as 26-8 overall record with some notable wins in the mix including victories over USC (Southern California, who is the 10 seed in the NCAA tourney), and Nebraska (NCAA tourney 5 seed).  They are definitely not a team to take likely.

Assuming UofL advances over UNI, then host Minnesota will likely be the opponent as I don't expect too much difficulty for the 7 seed to defeat North Dakota in the nightcap match on Friday night.  Advancing beyond that and the road will likely go through Gainesville, FL, where 2 seed Florida will be the favored team to advance over the likes of Alabama State, Miami, Cal Poly, and UCLA.  Assuming chalk on our side of the regional matchup, we would first play Southern California in the 3rd round presumably in Gainesville.

Coach Busboom Kelly wasn't particularly pleased with the selection as she was looking for a bit more respect from the selection committee with a matchup with a double-digit seed.  Overall, there are certainly a lot harder quadrants of the brackets to advance through...particularly the bottom left quadrant which contains the likes of Kentucky, Notre Dame, WKU (all in the Lexington sub-regional...WKU/ND is a 1st round matchup!), Oregon, BYU, Baylor (with former Card Aniah Philo),  Colorado (former UofL Asst Lee Maes), Florida State, and Nebraska.  I'm quite glad not to be in that mix.

The 1st round match will be at 5:30 eastern (4:30 central) in Minneapolis.  TV/streaming isn't yet listed, but it will almost assuredly be on ESPN streaming.

Your humble correspondent is working on plans to make the trip.


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