Lightning hoping to strike gold

In just its first season, indoor soccer program Louisville Lightning has reached the US Open Cup Final, where it will play the PASL champion and juggernaut San Diego Sockers this Saturday (April 11) at Mockingbird Valley (7.30 p.m.)

The single-elimination, bracket style competition began last December with over 40 teams and is now down to the final two survivors.

On its way to the final, the Lightning has beaten  West Virginia Quantum Force, Ohio Vortex, Detroit Waza, and Cincinnati.  San Diego’s draw included a bye and three wins over top PASL-Premier (amateur) teams, the San Diego Fusion, Estadio Azteca All-Stars, and Vitesse Dallas. 

Lightning Head Coach Scott Budnick won the league’s Coach of the Year honors after leading the expansion team to an 11-5 record despite having just one player (GM David Horne) on his roster with prior professional indoor experience.

“( San Diego Sockers) are a storied organization and have several championship banners to their name,” said Budnick. “To get a result against them for our fans would be quite an accomplishment.”

To purchase tickets, which are $10 or $35 for a family of four, check out the Lightning Web site (www.louisvillelightning.com), or call 502-727-9070.

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