Oct. 19, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - After 110 minutes of action, the SMU men's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with American Athletic Conference opponent UCF on Saturday night at Westcott Field. The pair remains even in the conference standings as they sit at 2-1-2 in league action. The Mustangs also move to 3-8-2 overall, while the Knights are 5-4-4.
"Tonight's match was a team effort," Head Coach Tim McClements said. "I think we have found a group of players who have given us consistency and we're not afraid to look to our reserves for contributions."
SMU outshot UCF 24-12 in the contest, but the teams were even with four shots on goal apiece. Sophomore Alfred Koroma led the Mustangs with a match-high six shots, and two on frame, while fellow sophomores Eddie Puskarich and Leobardo Vazquez added five and four, respectively.
Defensively, the Mustangs have only allowed six shots on goal in the last 200 minutes of soccer.
"We have a very consistent back line that's playing well for us," McClements said. "Not only have they played well on defense, they have also done a good job of getting involved in the attack."
Both SMU's goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra and his counterpart Sebastian Evers were credited with four saves.
The teams were whistled for a combined 30 fouls and a total of five cautions were given out in the match.
"The guys know they have to be ready for whatever's thrown at them," McClements added. "I think tonight was a game with two evenly matched teams in conference that battled for the entire match."
The Mustangs are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers in American action. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. Check SMUMustangs.com for ways to follow.