Previewing the 2022 Soccer Seasons Wednesday, Aug 31 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Ferguson-Dayes Enters 23rd season, Looking for Energy Boost from Newcomers

With the women’s soccer team finishing 2021 with a 7-7-2 regular season and a 3-6-1 conference record, Karen Ferguson-Dayes looks to bring in lots of experience with her players in the 2022 season.

Ferguson-Dayes and her staff have brought in 15 new players to the program this year. The leadership roles will be heavily pressed on graduate students Sarah Hernandez and Massie Whitsett.

Hernandez comes into the season with 67 games started and seven goals scored during her career here at Louisville as a defender. As a midfielder, Whitsett comes into the season with 59 games started and 15 goals during her career. 

The Cards are up for a challenge, as they face one of the tougher schedules in the country; eight out of their sixteen regular season opponents come into the season already ranked. 

Despite the challenge, Louisville is off to a respectable start this season, as they have found themselves with a 2-1 record three games in. They opened the season with a commanding 3-0 home win against the University of Chicago, Illinois. After taking a tough 2-1 loss to Xavier University, the Cards rebounded back with a strong defensive performance on the road against Northern Kentucky, holding them to a shutout  1-0 win. 

The Cardinals travel to Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, Sept. 1st to square off with the University of Memphis at 7:00 p.m. EST. They will then follow that match up by playing James Madison University this Sunday, Sept. 4th at 1:00 p.m. EST. The James Madison game with be streamed on ESPN+. 


The women’s soccer team huddles before a match. 


9 Starters Return to Key Up a Postseason Run 

After capturing the Atlantic Division title and finishing the year with a record of 10-7-1, head coach John Michael Hayden tees off his fourth season this year as the men’s soccer head coach. 

The team returns nine starters from last year, including All-ACC forward Aboubcar Camara. Camara, who clocked in 19 goals and three assists in his career so far, was a big contributor to one of the best scoring offensives in the country last year, helping Cards average over two goals a game last year. 

He, along with rest of the returning players, are back likely with a chip on their shoulder due to their heartbreaking end last season. After losing 0-3 to Notre Dame’s penalty kicks in the ACC Championship, they then fell out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Bowling Green State in an 0-1 loss.  

In contrast, the Cards have opened this season with an impressive 3-1 win at home against a No. 10 Saint Louis, followed up with a 3-0 win over cross town opponent Bellarmine to improve to 2-0 on the season. 

The Cardinals will host Seattle University on Friday, Sept. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. EST on the ACC Network. They then follow up by taking a trip down the road to Lexington on Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 p.m. EST to face off with in-state rival Kentucky, on the SEC Network. 

The men’s soccer team in a huddle.


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University of Louisville men’s soccer releases season schedule Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer program officially released their schedule for the upcoming fall season on Sept. 4. 

The 11 ACC men’s soccer teams competing in 2020 will play in two regions, with six conference games against regional opponents over a nine-week period. Louisville will be a part of the North Region alongside Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. 

The Cardinals will play two exhibition matches prior to competing in two non-conference games. The rest of the season consists of all ACC games and determines conference standings. The top four teams from each region are eligible to compete in the ACC Tournament.

Louisville Men’s Soccer 2020 Schedule

Sept. 12           vs. Notre Dame             3:00 pm

Sept. 19           at Pitt                              7:00 pm

Sept. 25           WAKE FOREST            7:30 pm

Sept. 28           at Kentucky                   7:30 pm

Oct. 2               NOTRE DAME             7:00 pm

Oct. 9               at Virginia                      7:00 pm

Oct. 16             at Syracuse                     7:00 pm

Oct. 23             PITT                                7:00 pm

Oct. 30             VIRGINIA TECH         7:00 pm

Nov. 6              at Notre Dame              7:00 pm

Nov. 15            ACC Quarterfinals            

Nov. 18            ACC Semifinals  

Nov. 22            ACC Championship          

John Michael Hayden is in his second year at the helm of the Cardinals men’s soccer program. Last year the Cards finished 10-8-2 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons. 

The Cardinals are projected to finish fifth in the North Region of the ACC, as voted by the league’s head coaches. Despite being given the low rank, the Cardinals have junior Pedro Fonseca on the 2020 ACC Preseason Watch List. 

Attendance policies for fans at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium are still being reviewed and approved and will be announced in the days leading up to the first contest. ACC leadership, and its medical advisory group, will continue to meet on a weekly basis to share information and discuss medical issues related to the ACC’s return to play.

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No. 17 Men’s soccer upsets No. 2 Georgetown in double overtime Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–
Louisville (4-1-2, 1-1) men’s soccer defeated No.2 Georgetown (6-1, 0-1) in double overtime 1-0. This will mark Louisville’s fourth win, ending Georgetown’s six game winning streak.
Senior Kino Ryosuke scored the game winning goal in double overtime.
This was senior Cherif Dieye’s first game after being named ACC Offensive Player of the week, from scoring a pair of goals on Virginia Tech granting Louisville a win. 
Louisville’s goalie Jake Gelnovatch was a golden token to the defensive line, completing the game with two saves.
The first half saw a power struggle between the Cards and Hoyas. Even though the Cardinals had multiple shot attempts, Georgetown’s defense deflected any chance for the Cards to score. Both offensives played hard, each corresponding five shot attempts. The Cardinals were close to scoring a goal, with two shots on goal, while the Hoyas only had one. Neither teams were able to find the net, finishing the half 0-0.
In the second half, the Cardinals stepped up their offensive, still having difficulties breaking through Georgetown defensive set. Both teams played an intense offense, with each finishing the half with four shots. After many close calls, neither team scored a goal, completing regulation with a tied score of 0-0.
Players were losing energy as they went into overtime, then double overtime.  
In the 106 minute, Kino Ryosuke scored the only goal of the game, assisted by senior Cody Cochran and senior Louka Masset. 
Head coach John Michael Hayden commented on the team’s ability that was featured in the game.  Hayden said, “I believe that we are capable of beating anybody in the country, but it’s about us being on our game and tonight you saw a little bit of that.”
Men’s soccer will be facing off North Carolina State in their 3rd ACC game at Lynn Stadium, Sept. 27 at 7:30.
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Soccer claims first win over No. 9 Kentucky Wednesday, Sep 4 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

Louisville men’s soccer came out with a 3-0 victory against No. 9 Kentucky, marking the Cardinal’s first win under head coach John Michael Hayden.

After tying Cleveland State last weekend 2-2, Louisville was looking to put a win on the board against the rival Cats.

Junior Emil Elveroth scored the opening goal just two minutes into the game, giving Louisville a head start.

A goal by Louka Masset off of a penalty kick helped jump start the Card’s 2-0 lead against the Cats.

Coming out with a lead at half-time, Louisville headed into half-time with confidence.

“We were confident, some of the things we had discussed came off, application was there, the guys applied it. There was an urgency and intensity about what we were doing and it led to goals early,” Hayden said.

“It’s all about mentality. When you’re up 2-0 after a match against Cleveland State, there’s a drop. We took our foot off the pedal, there was a lack of just overall mentality. It was clear we were not going to let that happen again tonight.”

Louisville started the second half with a red card on junior Elijah Amo. Despite this, the Cardinals were able to shut out Kentucky for the rest of the game man-down.

Senior Cherif Dieye then scored his first goal of the season with four shots on goal.
“From this perspective, it’s awesome. It’s what we need. This group is special, the win against Kentucky is just the beginning for this group,” Hayden said.

Dieye shared his opinion on the win against Kentucky with humor.

“This was just karma,” Dieye said. “The team was more aware this time around of what we had to do, we showed a great mentality, especially in the second half after we had a player down.”

Louisville’s strong start at the beginning was a way for the team to make a bold statement against a team they lost 3-0 against last year.

Louisville men’s soccer will play against Virginia Tech at Lynn Stadium Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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PREVIEW: Men’s soccer 2019 Friday, Aug 30 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville men’s soccer is entering the 2019 season with high expectations. In a recent poll the Cardinals were ranked No. 14 in the nation, with past success and new head coach John Michael Hayden building anticipation.

Last year Louisville went 11-5-3 for the season, losing to high caliber teams such as No. 1 ranked Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime.

The Cards have had a great amount of success under the previous head coach Ken Lolla, turning the team into a major competitor in ACC play. Lolla lead the team to a national runner up title, four elite eight appearances and eight NCAA tournament sightings.

Lolla originally announced leaving the Cardinals last year, noting he wanted new challenges and felt accomplished with how he built the team.

Hayden was Lolla’s assistant coach for four seasons, giving him knowledge of the program’s culture. He also was assistant coach during the four elite eight appearances.

Athletic Director Vince Tyra said, “He’s a talented coach and a relentless recruiter who enjoys teaching an attacking style that will foster ongoing success.”

Talent on the 2019 roster also builds anticipation as Junior Emil Elveroth is on the MAC Hermann trophy watch list, known as the most prestigious award in college soccer. Last season he contributed 11 goals and five assists.

Louisville’s first regular season game will be against Cleveland State on Aug. 30 at 7:30 home at Lynn Stadium.

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