Oct. 15, 2013
Video: Postgame Press Conference
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The seventh-ranked Louisville men's soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to eight games with a dominating 3-0 road victory over Indiana on Tuesday night at Armstrong Stadium.
With their seventh win in the last eight matches, the Cardinals improved to 9-2-1 on the season, while the reigning NCAA champion Hoosiers dropped to 4-8-1 overall. In the last eight matches against Indiana under the guidance of head coach Ken Lolla, Louisville is 4-3-1 overall, including wins in two of the last three.
"I thought Indiana made it hard on us early on and we survived their pressure," said Lolla following the match. "We got some really timely goals, but defensively, we were solid and didn't give them too many good looks. The ones that they had, Joachim was very good."
The Louisville defense led the way in Tuesday's triumph on a rainy and windy night in Bloomington as junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) had a career-high seven saves in clinching the seventh shutout of the season for both he and the Cardinals. Entering the week ranked ninth in the nation in goals against average (0.53), the Cardinals have allowed only one goal in the last seven matches.
Offensively, senior Zack Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo./UCLA) and sophomore Marlon Hairston (Jackson, Miss./IMG Academy) had their best performances of the season with each player scoring one goal and adding one assist in the victory. Indiana native and junior captain Daniel Keller (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School) added a goal, while sophomore Ricardo Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) chipped in with an assist for the Cardinals, who have scored three or more goals five times during the current eight-game unbeaten streak.
Keller started the scoring for the Cardinals late in the first half when his header off a corner kick found the upper right corner of the net for a 1-0 advantage in the 38th minute. The third goal of the season for Keller was setup on a perfectly placed corner inside the box from Velazco, who was credited with his sixth assist of the season.
"I thought the first 20 minutes were pretty high tempo with a lot of high pressure and we had to play a lot of direct balls," Keller said. "After that first 20 minutes, the game opened up and we were able to possess the ball a little more."
After taking that lead into the halftime break, the Cardinals ended any hope of an Indiana comeback scoring two goals in a span of less than three minutes with Hairston and Foxhoven teaming for both. Hairston started the second half scoring in the 74th minute when took a cross from Foxhoven and slotted a shot past IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund for the 2-0 lead. It was the third goal of the season for Hairston and the first assist for Foxhoven.
Just 2:25 later, Foxhoven found the back of the net for his second goal of the season in the 76th minute after taking a pass from Hairston and scoring inside the lower right corner for the final 3-0 margin. The assist for Hairston was his second of the season.
Overall, Louisville finished with 16-12 advantage in shots, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. Both teams were whistled for 13 fouls each, while Indiana managed a 7-2 advantage in corner kick chances.
Up next, Louisville returns home to host Connecticut on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park in a matchup of the preseason favorites in the American Athletic Conference. To purchase tickets or to become a 2014 founding season ticket holder at Lynn Stadium, call (502) 852-0120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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