Ah, we've reached the point of summer where the fall sports begin to release their respective schedules. Jeff came in yesterday with a breakdown of the volleyball schedule. Field Hockey, too, has released their 2023 opponents. Men's soccer, which we do not cover here, released their schedule this week. Yesterday, women's soccer announced their 2023 slate. You can find the Field Hockey, Volleyball and Women's Soccer schedules on the right hand side of the site. Let's look at WSOC today.
Unofficially, the Cards start the season in Oxford, Ohio against Miami University in a scrimmage on Sunday, August 6. Streaming options for this seem highly unlikely.
The first official match will come at home against Indiana State on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. This one will most likely be on ACC Network Extra. Louisville won the lone match-up between the two in 2016.
The Cards then hit the road to Ohio for a pair of matches against Xavier on Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dayton on Thursday August 24 at 7:00 p.m. Xavier topped the Cards with a pair of second half goals at Lynn last year while Louisville last played Dayton in the spring of 2021 (COVID-19 season) and took a 1-0 win.
Louisville then has a three-match homestand beginning with Northern Kentucky on Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. UofL is 3-0 all-time against the Norse, including a 1-0 win last year. Illinois is next on the schedule on Thursday, August 31 with no time listed. The Illini have never lost to Louisville. Central Michigan closes out the homestand on Sunday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. In their lone meeting, the Chippewas won at Cardinal Park in 2011.
Indiana will host the Cards on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Battle of the Border. The two teams battled it out to a 0-0 tie last season in Louisville.
Wyoming closes out the non-conference slate on Sunday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Lynn Stadium. I was not able to locate any record of past meetings between the Cards and Buffaloes.
Virginia kicks off the conference portion of the schedule when they come to town on Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. The Cavaliers have never lost to the Cards and won 2-0 in Charlottesville last year. Louisville remains home against Pitt on Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. The Cards fell on the road 1-0 last year but do have a 7-3 all-time advantage in the series.
A late-September road trip is next for Louisville. They begin by visiting Coral Gables to take on Miami on Sunday, September 24 at noon. The Cards took the 1-0 last year and hold a 9-1 advantage in the overall series. A trip to Notre Dame on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. is next. The Irish bested the Cards in Louisville last year 2-0.
Louisville opens up October with a pair of home matches. Florida State comes into town on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm. The Seminoles command a 9-0 series lead. Syracuse visits on Sunday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. Louisville defeated the Orange in 2021 to improve to 8-0 all-time in the series.
The final road trip begins with a visit to Boston College on Saturday, October 14 at at 7:00 p.m. UofL won 1-0 last year to even the series at 4-4. Clemson is the next stop on the tour on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. A loss at home last year for the Cards evened the series 2-2-1. Louisville's final road match will come on Sunday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. against Wake Forest. The Cards won in 2021 and tied the series at 3-3-1, including with three straight.
The Cards close out the regular season at home against Duke on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Louisville has not beaten the Blue Devils, going 0-4-5 all-time against them.
The ACC Tournament will begin on Sunday, October 29. It appears the ACC is sticking with their current format of the top six teams qualifying for the tournament despite there being 14 teams.
Last season, the NCAA rolled out a new rule of no overtime in regular season matches so all matches would conclude after the full 90 minutes of regulation. In terms of speeding up the game, it worked. However, it led to several more draws around the country with less chance of an overtime win.
We plan to provide coverage throughout the season and have hopes to have someone in attendance each home match.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!