MEN'S NEWS ...
In four seasons, Ken Lolla
has accomplished at Louisville what he did at Akron. He's built Cardinals
into a national power. They climbed up to No. 7 -- the highest-ranked Big East team in this week's Soccer America Men's Top 25 -- with a 1-0 win over ranked South Florida and 4-0 victory over
Lolla's arrival at Louisville coincided with the athletic department's move to upgrade the men's program. Lolla, who also worked in the U.S. U-18 national team program, used his
national and international connections to bolster recruiting. He also convinced former U.S. World Cup player Brian Maisonneuve
, who had worked at the
under-17 residency program since 2005, to become an assistant at Louisville last year.
The '09 Cardinals are one of the most experienced teams in the country. The lone true freshman to
start is former U.S. U-18 Paolo DelPiccolo
from the Colorado Rush.
, a transfer from Santa Barbara City College, and two Michigan Wolves products, Freddie Braun
and Colin Rolfe,
lead the Big East's highest-scoring team (2.55 goals a game) with five goals apiece.
The Cardinals' success has boosted interest in the program. Louisville ranks third in the Big
East with an average attendance of 1,345 fans a game. This week's Men's Top 25 * YEAGLEY FIRST. Todd Yeagley
got his first Big Ten win as Wisconsin head coach on Sunday when the Badgers beat Michigan State, 2-1, on Scott
's goal in the 105th minute. It's been a rough first season for the son of former Indiana coach Jerry Yeagley
so the win, only the second in nine games, was much appreciated. "From front to back, this was our best performance of the year," Todd Yeagley said. "It was our toughness, team defending and our
ability to get the ball to our key players and put pressure on the other team."
Lorenz delivered some much needed offense, also getting the first goal that snapped the Badgers' scoreless
streak that had swelled to 313 consecutive minutes. The goals were his first in nine games after tallying a team-high 10 goals in 2008.