Freshman Deshawon Nembhard
March 6, 2014
HOUSTON (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team defeated Houston Baptist, 4-1, on Saturday at Sorrels Soccer Field.
"It was great to finally play a college team after starting the spring with two games against professional sides," Head Coach Tim McClements said. "I felt that we were a bit sloppy in the first half and didn't play to the SMU standard. We were stretched defensively and didn't take care of the ball build up. We led, 1-0, at half, but knew we could play much better."
That first goal for the Mustangs came from 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Newcomer Team selection Deshawon Nembhard in the 20th minute.
"In the second half we grabbed ahold of the game and played very well," McClements said.
"Our passing and movement in the attacking third was excellent at times and we really caused them difficulties in transition," McClements added. "We have talked about emotional maturity and positional discipline to this group all spring and they are starting to show positive signs of maturing as a team.
The Huskies' lone goal of the match came off a penalty kick in the 78th minute, and junior Andrew Morales, who led the Mustangs in points in 2013, registered the final tally in the 82nd minute.
"Overall, it was another solid performance for the spring. The older players continue to get better and the young players are starting to establish themselves as a vital part of this group," McClements said.
SMU is back in action for its only home match of the spring slate when it hosts Oklahoma City Energy FC at Westcott Field on Saturday, March 22. Oklahoma City is the USL Pro League's newest expansion team. USL Pro is the third highest professional league in the US Soccer pyramid. Oklahoma City Energy FC has an affiliate agreement with 2013 MLS Champions Sporting Kansas City, and will feature players from the Sporting KC organization on its own roster.
Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. CT and admission is free and open to the public.