Louisville Men's Soccer to Compete for College Cup Title on Sunday

Top-ranked Louisville has taken its unbeaten season all the way to the NCAA College Cup Final. The Cardinals will play third-seeded Akron (21-1-2) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET in Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. Louisville has posted its first 20-win season in program history after defeating North Carolina 2-1 on Friday in the semifinal to improve to 20-0-3. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. The men's soccer team, in its fourth-trip to the NCAA Championship, would be the first National Champion for Louisville outside of basketball and would become the first unbeaten team to win the title since Santa Clara in 1989. "As we said last night, we're excited to be in the championship game," said Head Coach Ken Lolla at Saturday's NCAA press conference. "It's another step on our journey. I'm happy for our seniors that we extended our season, and what a way to go out-playing for the national championship." Freshman Aaron Horton has scored three goals this year, all coming in postseason play. With 52 seconds remaining in the quarterfinals against UCLA, Horton scored the game-winning goal to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory. Against North Carolina in Friday's semifinal match, Horton nearly reenacted his game-winning heroics as he netted a goal with 51 seconds on the clock to advance the team to the final. Louisville out-shot North Carolina 11-9 and became the first team to score more than once against the Tar Heels in 17 games. NSCAA All-American First Team selection Colin Rolfe leads the Cardinals with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. Senior goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux has started all 23 games for Louisville, posting a 0.75 goals against average. The Cardinals hold a 2-0-1 advantage in the all-time series against Akron, where Lolla used to coach. The last time a BIG EAST school won the College Cup was 2000, when Connecticut defeated Creighton 2-0. The BIG EAST has captured 30 national championships overall. The most recent was by the Notre Dame women's soccer team on Dec. 5. "Coach has told us since the beginning that, `pressure is felt by the untrained and the unprepared,' said senior Charlie Campbell. "He has trained us well throughout the whole season."