Army Travels To Face 18th-Ranked Louisville

Head Coach Russell Payne

Head Coach Russell Payne
The Army men's soccer team will make its second road trip of the young season this weekend, traveling south to battle nationally-ranked Louisville on Saturday night. Kickoff from Cardinal Park is slated for 7 p.m.

Live stats for the contest will be available through GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will also be offered via the Black Knights' official handle (@ArmyAthletics).

Army will be looking to get back on the winning track on Saturday against a Louisville team ranked 18th in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll.

The Black Knights (2-2-0) dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 decision to Binghamton on Monday. The Bearcats netted the game-winning goal with just over one minute to play in the second half to send Army to its first home defeat of the year.

Louisville (1-2-0) is coming off a 1-0 setback to St. Louis on Tuesday. The Cardinals opened the season by dropping a 3-0 decision at nationally ranked Maryland, before bouncing back with a 3-1 victory over Belmont.

Army senior midfielder Josh Koeppe paces the Black Knights' offense with two goals, five points and nine shots. Senior midfielder Michael Kim (1-1-3) and freshman midfielder Parker Dixon (1-1-3) are tied for second on the club with three points apiece. Sophomore midfielder Devin Perlee and freshman midfielder Justin Kim are tied for the team lead with two assists each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt has been impressive for the Black Knights in the early going, having forged a 1.00 goals-against average and .714 save percentage with two shutouts through four contests.

A perennial national powerhouse, Louisville went 14-7-2 last season. The Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament where they dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to UCLA.

Sophomore midfielder Alex Obbey, freshman midfielder Marlon Hairston and senior midfielder Ryan Smith are tied for the team lead with one goal apiece.

Sophomore goalkeeper Joachim Ball, who shows a 1.67 goals-against average and a .286 save percentage, backstops the Cardinals' defense.

Army and Louisville will be meeting for the very first time when the two programs lock horns on Saturday evening.

Following Saturday's stern test versus the Cardinals, Army will continue its five-game road swing next weekend when the Black Knights travel to California for games against Cal State Northridge (Sept. 14) and Cal Poly (Sept. 16).

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