Oct. 4, 2011
Louisville, Ky. -
The No. 11 Louisville men's soccer team will travel to No. 10 Indiana, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington. Both teams will be looking to bounce back from losses over the weekend. The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 6-3-0 and a BIG EAST record of 0-2-0, after dropping the last two matches at No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 1 UConn. The Hoosiers enter the game with an overall record of 6-1-2 and a Big Ten record of 1-1-0.
Louisville enters the game ranked 11th in the majority of the polls. The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after dropping their first BIG EAST game on the road against No. 14 Notre Dame. 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 0.62 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 Hoosiers are off to their best start since the 2002 season. Indiana suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, a 2-0 defeat at Wisconsin. Alec Purdie leads the team with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists) on the season. Eriq Zavaleta is second on the team with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists). Purdie also leads the Big Ten in points per game (1.33), game-winning goals (3) and goals per game (0.56). He is second in goals scored with five. Hoosier keeper Luis Soffner leads the Big Ten in save percentage (.850) and is second in goals against average (0.65). He also has four shutouts on the year along with 34 saves.
Indiana leads the all-time series 14-2 over Louisville. Both Cardinal wins have come in the Ken Lolla
era, a 2-1 overtime victory in 2007 and a 4-0 win in 2009. Both victories were in the friendly confines of Cardinal Park. The Cardinals are 0-8 against the Hoosiers in Bloomington. In the last meeting, the Hoosiers defeated the Cards 2-0 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Prior to Lolla's arrival Indiana had outscored Louisville 55-9 and did not allow a goal in the series from 1998-2006.