Oct. 7, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second straight week, the Louisville men's soccer team earned multiple weekly honors from the American Athletic Conference as sophomore midfielder Ricardo Velazco was chosen as Offensive Player of the Week and senior defender Jimmy Ockford was selected as Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Velazco (Casa Grande, Ariz./Cal State San Bernardino) became the first Cardinal this season to score two goals in a match as he led 17th-ranked Louisville to a 2-0 conference victory over SMU on Sunday night in Dallas. The Cardinals' leader in goals (five) and points (14), Velazco connected for both goals in a span of less than five minutes early in the second half of the victory over the Mustangs to push Louisville's record to 7-2-1 overall, including a league-leading 3-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference action.
Ockford (Yardley, Pa./Mount St. Mary's) was a key stopper on the Louisville backline as the No. 17 Cardinals earned a pair of shutouts last week to set a school record for consecutive shutouts with five. Ockford and the Cardinals have also set a school record for consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal reaching 518 straight minutes overall dating back to Sept. 15. Overall, Louisville ranks fourth in the nation in goals against average at 0.49 and eighth in shutout percentage at 0.60.
This is the fourth week this season Louisville has earned at least one of the weekly American Athletic Conference honors. Last week, Joachim Ball was selected as Goalkeeper of the Week, Andrew Brody was named Rookie of the Week and Michael DeGraffenreidt was chosen as Defensive Player of the Week. On Sept. 23, Ockford was named Defender of the Week while on Sept. 2, Velazco was selected as Offensive Player of the Week.
Up next, Louisville hosts Rutgers on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET in an American Athletic Conference matchup at Cardinal Park.