Men's Soccer

Mustangs Host No. 17 Louisville In Conference Action

Go smu! Head Coach Tim McClements
Go smu!
Head Coach Tim McClements
Go smu!

Oct. 3, 2013

 SMU (2-7, 1-0) vs. No. 17 Louisville (6-2-1, 2-0)
 Date & Start Time  Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. CT
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 Location  Westcott Field
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Looking Back...

In their final two non-conference matches of the 2013 season, the Mustangs went 0-2 with losses at then-No. 5 Washington and Portland. SMU fell 2-1 in double overtime after taking the initial 1-0 lead at Washington off a goal from junior Andrew Morales. The goal was his second of the season and sixth as a Mustang. Junior Damian Rosales picked up his sixth career assist on the goal. Senior Jaime Ibarra had nine saves in the contest.

In the 3-0 loss at Portland, SMU outshot the Pilots, 15-13, but could not secure a victory. Sophomore Eddie Puskarich led the team with four shots on goal, and Ibarra had five saves in the net.

Back On The Hilltop...

On a schedule that included 10 road matches, the Mustangs will play four of their final seven at Westcott Field. SMU welcomes No. 17 Louisville (Oct. 6), Temple (Oct. 9), UCF (Oct. 19) and No. 24 UConn (Nov. 2) to campus. The team is 1-1 at home in 2013, which includes a 2-1 victory over Hartwick at the SMU Classic on Sept. 13. In 2012, the Mustangs recorded a 6-0-4 mark at Westcott Field.

The American Ranks...

Sophomore Alfred Koroma currently ranks in the top 10 in four different statistical categories in the American Athletic Conference. The Southlake, Texas, native has a pair of match winners (T-3rd), 23 shots (T-4th), three goals (T-6th) and six points (T-10th). Jaime Ibarra is also tied for second with 30 saves, and is fifth with 3.33 saves per game.

Scouting The Cardinals...

No. 17 Louisville comes into this weekend's match sporting a 6-2-1 overall record and is 2-0 in The American. In their latest contest, the Cardinals came away with a 0-0 draw at Big Ten opponent Ohio State. In league action, Louisville has a pair of 3-0 decisions against UCF and Temple.

Sophomore Ricardo Velazco is the Cardinals' point leader with 10 (3g, 4a) in 2013, while freshman Andrew Brody has seven (1g, 5a). Fourteen different student-athletes account for the team's 45 points. Junior Joachim Ball has played every minute in the net this season and has 17 saves and a 0.54 goals-against-average.

As a team, Louisville has outscored its opponents, 15-5, and outshot them, by a 129-82 margin.

Series History...

The Mustangs are 1-0 all-time against the Cardinals. The 2-1 victory took place on Sept. 8, 2000 at the Saint Louis Invitational.

Looking Ahead...

SMU makes its return to the Hilltop with Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 matches against No. 17 Louisville and Temple, respectively. A match at Cincinnati is set for Oct. 12, and the Mustangs return home on Oct. 19 to host UCF. The final two road games are at Memphis (Oct. 23) and USF (Oct. 26), and the regular season closes out on Nov. 2 when No. 24 UConn comes to campus. SMU looks to take the No. 1 seed in the inaugural American Tournament, but will host the semifinals and final in Frisco, Texas, regardless.

Around The Conference...

No. 17 Louisville is currently at the top of the American Athletic Conference standings. SMU's Sunday opponent has a perfect 2-0 conference mark, and is 6-2-1 overall. The Mustangs sit in second with a 1-0 league record, while Memphis, Rutgers and UCF follow in order and are 1-1 in the conference. No. 24 UConn, USF, Temple and Cincinnati have yet to win a match in The American.

 

 

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