There is expected to be another record crowd when No. 1 ranked and unbeaten University of Louisville (17-0-3) faces No. 16 Ohio State (11-5-3) in the third round of the NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer tournament at Cardinal Park this Sunday (7 p.m.).
The Cards beat College of Charleston 3-1 on Sunday in front of 5,197 fans, pleasing the vast majority of them with two late goals. The attendance smashed the previous school record of 3,583, set against Indiana University in 2005.
Louisville opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a Nick Deleon effort but Sean Flatley leveled just five minutes later for Charleston.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, Deleon put Colin Rolfe through for his seventh goal of the season, and Charlie Campbell wrapped it up with 88.13 on the clock following a fine build up down the left involving Rolfe and Dylan Mares.
Meanwhile, Ohio made it through with a 2-1 home victory over Providence, a team beaten by Louisville in the Big East tournament final game on penalty kicks last week.
Louisville met the Buckeyes in a regular season encounter at Cardinal Park in September, with the game ending scoreless. It was the only game the Cards failed to win at home, where it is now 9-0-1 for 2010. In fact, the last time they lost at home was to Jacksonville in the NCAA tournament in 2008.
The winner will face the victor of Dartmouth and UCLA in the quarterfinal on the weekend of December 3, a tie that would also be at Cardinal Park should Louisville emerge victorious against Ohio.
The College Cup (the final four) will be held in Santa Barbara, California on December 10 and 12.
Meanwhile, No. 14 Indiana will play away to No.3 Akron on Sunday (4 p.m.) after beating Tulsa 5-1. Goals came from Will Bruin (2), Andy, Adlard, Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts.