After dropping games against No. 5 Washington and Portland SMU makes its return to the Hilltop where they will play four of their final seven games at Westcott field.
In 2013, the Mustangs are 1-1. That’s a mark they hope to improve on as they were undefeated at home (6-0-4) in 2012.
First up for SMU is No. 17 Louisville on Sunday. The Cardinals are currently at the top of the American Athletic Conference with a record of 2-0 in conference (6-2-1 overall). In conference play so far, Louisville has a pair of 3-0 victories in its first two games.
SMU sophomore Alfred Koroma will lead the charge to end the Cardinals’ streak
Koroma is ranked in the top 10 in four different statistical categories in the AAC: he has two match winners (T-3rd), 23 shots (T-4th), three goals (T-6th) and six points (T-10th).
Mustang keeper Jaime Ibarra is tied for second place in the AAC with 30 saves and is fifth with 3.33 saves per game.
The Cardinals are led by sophomore Ricardo Velazco, who has 10 points. First-year Andrew Brody backs up Velazco with seven points. Louisville has 14 different players accounting for the team’s total of 45 points.
The Cardinals have their own version of Ibarra protecting their net; junior Joachim Ball has played every minute in the net this season and has 17 saves and a 0.54 goals-against-average.
Louisville has outscored its opponents, 15-5, and outshot them by a 129-82 margin.
The Mustangs hold a 1-0 all-time record against the Cardinals. However the last time the teams met was back in 2000.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Westcott field.