University of Louisville men's soccer head coach called the opening of the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium as a historic moment for college soccer multiple times leading up to Friday's high-profile doubleheader.
Neither the women or men selected an opponent for an easy win in their home openers and both responded with impressive victories.
In front of a national audience on ESPN3 and an overflow crowd of 7,047 in attendance, the two programs shined like the new facility they now call home.
Facing an Ole Miss team that won a school record 16 games last season, the women's team received a goal from freshman Chatman DeProspo in the 56th minute for a 1-0 lead, an advantage they hold.
"I don't really know how to put it into words, but it's probably the best feeling I've had in a long time," DeProspro said afterward. "Coach believed in us. She always told us just to focus on the moment, focus on the ball, so everything around me was irrelevant at the time. I just kept my mind on getting the ball in the net. It was the best feeling I've had in a long time."
The nightcap featured a pair of the nation's top program's in 9th-ranked Louisville versus 2nd-ranked Maryland.
Head coach Ken Lolla's squad played even with the Terrapins through the first half, but a goal by Andrew Brody from Ricardo Velazco and Will Vitalis in the 53rd minute was all the home team needed.
"I hope the people tonight had a positive experience," said Lolla. "I thought it was high level of soccer for so early in the year for two teams that are very, very good teams."
Up next for the Cardinals is a doubleheader on Friday, September 5 at Lynn Stadium. The women will host rival Kentucky, while the men welcome Cornell in the second match. The event is a Red Out.
Karen Ferguson-Dayes, Paige Brown, Chatham DeProspo