Oct. 14, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 11th-ranked Louisville men's soccer team takes to the road for a non-conference visit at reigning NCAA champion Indiana on Tuesday at 7 p.m., ET in Bloomington, Ind.
Live audio of the match will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com, while live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the men's soccer schedule page at GoCards.com. Live video of the match will also be streamed online through the Big Ten Digital Network at http://video.btn.com.
The Cardinals enter the midweek matchup at 8-2-1 overall and atop the American Athletic Conference standings at 4-0-0 after a 3-1 victory over visiting Rutgers on Saturday night. The trio of junior Santiago Vélez, junior Daniel Keller and freshman Andrew Brody accounted for goals as Louisville finished with a 17-6 advantage in shots in the victory.
The Hoosiers have struggled recently having lost three straight and four of their last five overall to bring a 4-7-1 mark into Tuesday's match. Most recently, Indiana dropped a 4-3 decision at Wisconsin last Friday to fall to 1-2-0 in the Big Ten. Last season, the Hoosiers won their eighth NCAA title and finished at 16-5-3 overall following a 1-0 win over Georgetown in the national championship game in Hoover, Ala.
Entering last week's games, Louisville was ranked No. 11 in the NSCAA coaches poll and at No. 19 in the Soccer America Top 25, while Indiana was unranked in both major national polls. This week's rankings will be released on Tuesday. In the most recent NCAA RPI released on Monday, the Cardinals checked in at No. 26 overall through the first seven weeks of the season.
The Cardinals are guided by head coach Ken Lolla, who is 96-44-20 in his eighth season at the helm in Louisville. Indiana is directed by Todd Yeagley, who is 43-24-11 in his fourth season as a head coach of the Hoosiers.
Tuesday's match will be the 20th all-time between Louisville and Indiana with the Hoosiers owning a 15-3-1 advantage overall. However, since Lolla arrived in Louisville, the Cardinals are 3-3-1 against IU. Last season, the two teams played to a 2-2 draw at Cardinal Park in Louisville. In the Cardinals' most recent visit to Bloomington, they earned a 3-2 victory in overtime on Oct. 5, 2011.
The Cardinals had their school record setting scoreless streak halted at 560 minutes last Saturday against Rutgers when the Scarlet Knights scored in the 43rd minute of Louisville's 3-1 win. The previous school record for consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal was 496 set during the 2011 season. Louisville also set a school record with five straight shutout performances from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6. That surpassed the previous mark of four straight shutouts accomplished during the 2009 and 2011 seasons.
Sophomore Ricardo Velazco leads the Cardinals with five goals and 15 points thus far this season to go with five assists. Freshman Andrew Brody leads the Cardinals with six assists overall to go along with two goals, while senior Jimmy Ockford has three goals for Louisville. Junior Joachim Ball has played every minute in goal for the Cardinals and has six shutouts this season along with a highly impressive 0.53 goals against average.
Entering the week, Louisville is ranked ninth in the nation in goals against average at 0.53 while Ball paces the way ranking eighth in the nation individually in that category with the same number. Brody enters the week ranked 13th in the nation in assists with six and 14th in assists per game at 0.55.
Up Next for Louisville
Following Tuesday's match, Louisville returns home to host Connecticut in a showdown of preseason American Athletic Conference favorites on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park.
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