Sept. 23, 2011
Louisville, Ky. -
The third ranked Louisville men's soccer team will travel to No. 14 Notre Dame to open up BIG EAST play on Saturday, Sept. 24 for a nationally televised game on Fox Soccer at 7:00 p.m. The Cardinals (6-1-0) are coming off a 1-0 road win over No. 21 Ohio State on Wednesday night. Notre Dame enters the match with a 4-1-2 overall record.
Louisville enters the game ranked anywhere from third to sixth in all five of the soccer polls. All-American Colin Rolfe leads the team in scoring with seven points (2 goals, 3 assists). Junior transfer Michael Roman leads the team in goals scored with three on the year. Senior All-American Austin Berry anchors the Cardinal defense which has recorded five shutouts on the year. Senior Andre Boudreaux leads the team in goal with a 0.57 goals against average with 19 saves and five shutouts on the year. Five of the Cards' seven seniors are ranked among Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Upperclassmen.
The Fighting Irish enter the match with a four-game unbeaten streak, which includes three straight victories. Last weekend Notre Dame posted a 2-0 record, topping Michigan, 2-1 in overtime, on Friday at home before traveling to Michigan State and taking down the Spartans, 1-0 on Sunday. The Irish are ranked in the Top 20 of every poll, with the highest ranking at No. 12 in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll. Senior midfielder Adam Mena and junior forward Ryan Finley both lead the team in goals with three apiece, while Mena has a team-best eight points. Mena, senior defender Greg Klazura and sophomore forward Harrison Shipp all have a team-high two assists. Senior Will Walsh leads the team in goal with two shutouts and a 0.92 goals-against average to go along with a .800 save percentage.
Louisville trails Notre Dame 9-3-1 in the all-times series. The Cardinals won the last two matches in 2010. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 2-0 in the regular season at Cardinal Park and then 2-0 in the BIG EAST semifinals at Red Bull Stadium. The Cardinals have never won a match at Notre Dame for a 0-6 record. Notre Dame defeated Louisville 4-0 the last time the two teams met at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 25, 2009.