Sept. 12, 2012
SMU CLASSIC PRESENTED BY JASON'S DELI
OAKLAND GRIZZLIES (3-1) at SMU MUSTANGS (2-2-1)
Friday, Sept.14, 2012 - Westcott Field - Dallas, Texas - 7:30 PM
UC DAVIS AGGIES (1-1-4) at SMU MUSTANGS (2-2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 - Westcott Field - Dallas, Texas - 2:30 PM
SMU CLASSIC PRESENTED BY JASON'S DELI
SMU held its first tournament, originally titled the SMU Letterman's Classic, in 1987. The Mustangs have held a tournament every year since, with the exception of 1992 and 2001, and hosted a tournament twice in 1995, 1996, 2005, 2006 and 2009. The SMU Classic will be held again this year from Sept. 14-16. The Mustangs play Oakland and UC Davis, while Tulsa will also compete. SMU is 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament, outscoring opponents 122-44 in those contests.
SMU vs. OAKLAND
This is just the third meeting between SMU and Oakland, with the Mustangs holding a 2-0 lead in the all-time series. SMU topped the Grizzlies, 4-1, at the Hurricane Classic last year. Sophomores Tyler Engel and Damian Rosales scored their first career goals en route to the SMU win.
SMU vs. UC DAVIS
This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Aggies posted a 7-8-4 record in 2011.
TYLER ENGEL NAMED C-USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore midfielder Tyler Engel was tabbed the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after his two game-winning goals and two assists led the Mustangs to a perfect 2-0 weekend on the road. Engel was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week. Engel leads the team with seven points on the season.
EAST COAST BIAS
The Mustangs defeated Harvard, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 9. Senior Ben Hill opened the scoring when he netted his first goal of the season in the 19th minute on a feed from freshman Eddie Puskarich, giving SMU a 1-0 lead. Freshman Jacob Gandarilla doubled the score with six seconds remaining in the first half. Freshman Will Smith fired a shot that was saved by Harvard's goalie, but Gandarilla was there to tap home the rebound. The goal was Gandarilla's first collegiate tally, and Smith's assist was his first collegiate point.
Harvard cut SMU's lead in half on a header in the 60th minute and then knotted the game at two in the 81st minute.
The teams remained tied through regulation and the first overtime period before Engel broke through in the 105th minute to win the game for the Mustangs. Freshman Derek Schrick slotted a ball through to Engel who went one-on-one with the Harvard goalkeeper and scored from six yards out. The goal was Engel's second of the season, second consecutive game-winner and team-leading seventh point of the year. The assist was Schrick's first point as a Mustang.
On Sept. 7, SMU defeated Dartmouth, 2-1. After a scoreless first half, Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute. Sophomore Andrew Morales evened the score with his tally in the 63 minute. Engel sent a through ball into to the box for Morales who shot the ball over the keeper and in. Dartmouth received a red card in the 70th minute after a player took down Engel in the box, awarding a penalty kick to SMU. Engel converted the opportunity, giving SMU a 2-1 lead with the eventual game-winner.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS!
SMU has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons and in 16 of the past 18 years. The Mustangs reached the Elite Eight in 2010, taking No. 4 North Carolina to extra time before falling on penalty kicks. Overall, the program has 28 postseason appearances, going 31-22-7. The Mustangs advanced to the College Cup in 2000 and 2005.
Junior Juan Castillo was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA team. Castillo played in 17 games for the Mustangs last year and was second on the team in points (13), goals (5) and game-winning goals (3). He was tabbed Second Team All-C-USA and was named to the NSCAA Midwest Region Second Team in 2011.
SMU hosts CSU-Bakersfield on Sept. 20 at Westcott Field. This is the first meeting between the two schools. The Roadrunners fell 1-0 to St. Mary's in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.