- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 2, 2011
- 2 Comments
- Akron, College Soccer, Features, Louisville, UCLA, UConn, UNC
If you thought the opening weekend in college soccer was a good one, well buckle up because the Labor Day weekend slate is possibly even better. A couple more high-profile match ups headline this holiday weekend as we once again have a #1 v. #2 match and a couple other big tests for some top 10 teams.
No. 1 Louisville vs Wake Forest (Friday, Sept. 2) – Wake had a disappointing opening to their season last week with a loss to South Florida while the Cards showed their experience in a big 2-0 win over then No. 2 UCLA. Wake matches up terribly in this one as they lack the speed and experience that Louisville has. One silver lining in this one for Wake is that Louisville could be looking ahead to Sunday’s big clash with UNC.
No. 1 Louisville vs No. 2 UNC (Sunday, Sept. 4) – Easily the biggest matchup of the weekend pits the Cards and the Tar Heels against one another. This one being at UNC will give the Tar Heels the advantage, expect a very big crowd for this one. Look for Louisville center back Austin Berry to have a big one in this one on the set pieces, he is typically a hand-full on them. Should a healthy Billy Schuler get back into the UNC lineup it could be a huge difference maker for the home side in this one.
No. 3 Akron vs Cal-State Northridge (Saturday, Sept. 3) – The Zips youth showed up last night in their 0-0 draw to Cal-State Fullerton. Caleb Porter’s team will have to dig a little deeper against the home side in this one. Striker Darren Mattocks has to get loose for the Zips in this one to keep them on the winning track.
No. 4 UCLA vs Santa Clara (Friday, Sept. 2) – Both teams started off in different paths last week but look for UCLA to be more like themselves in this one. Both teams have quality defenses which lead me to believe that the first one to score will likely prevail in this one. Some folks have this one on the upset watch for good reason considering how much UCLA struggled last week against Louisville.
No. 11 California vs No. 6 UConn (Sunday, Sept. 4) – The Huskies are coming off a big win over Michigan State last night 2-1 and now host the Golden Bears. UConn has the clear advantage in this one as west coast teams in college typically struggle when the cross the Mississippi River to play. Cal tied Northwestern 0-0 last night, so the road won’t be any easier on Sunday. Look for UConn to control the tempo in this one.