Sept. 30, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Louisville men's soccer team took three of the four weekly honors announced by the American Athletic Conference on Monday as junior Joachim Ball was named Goalkeeper of the Week, freshman midfielder Andrew Brody was selected as Rookie of the Week and freshman Michael DeGraffenreidt was honored as Defensive Player of the Week.
Ball (Deutenberg, Germany) helped lead the 18th-ranked Cardinals to a pair of shutout wins last week, including a 3-0 victory over Temple in Saturday night's American Athletic Conference matchup at Cardinal Park. Ball had three saves in the win over the Owls and is now tied for second in the conference with four shutouts and fourth in the conference with a goals against average of 0.62. Louisville (6-2-0/2-0-0) has earned three straight shutout wins and has not allowed a goal in the last 318 minutes of game action dating back to Sept. 15.
Brody (Orlando, Fla./Vista Grande HS) scored his first career goal and added his team-leading fifth assist of the season in the victory over Temple. Brody ranks among the conference and national leaders in assists while serving as a key member in the offensive attack for the Cardinals.
DeGraffenreidt (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield HS) started on the backline in each of the two shutout wins last week for the Cardinals and the newcomer has made five starts overall this season. In the two victories last week, DeGraffenriedt led the way as the Cardinals limited SIU Edwardsville and Temple to a combined three shots on goal in 180 minutes.
This is the third week this season Louisville has earned at least one of the weekly American Athletic Conference honors. On Sept. 23, Jimmy Ockford was named Defender of the Week while on Sept. 2, Ricardo Velazco was selected as Offensive Player of the Week.
Up next, the Cardinals travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night for a non-conference tilt against Ohio State before visiting SMU on Sunday night in a conference match.