Sept. 18, 2012
SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012 - 7 PM
WESTCOTT FIELD - DALLAS, TEXAS
SMU (4-2-1) vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD (2-1-3)
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.
IBARRA, ROSALES, SIMMONS EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Jaime Ibarra, Damian Rosales and Aaron Simmons earned weekly honors after helping the Mustangs post a 2-0 record in back-to-back shutouts to win the SMU Classic over the weekend. Ibarra, a junior goalkeeper, was tabbed the Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week and MVP of the SMU Classic. Rosales, a sophomore defender, was named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week while Simmons, a sophomore defender, was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Rosales and Simmons were also selected to the SMU Classic All-Tournament team.
MUSTANGS WIN SMU CLASSIC, POST BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS
SMU defeated UC Davis, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Westcott Field to win the SMU Classic Presented by Jason's Deli. Simmons scored his first goal of the season after SMU was awarded a free kick from 21 yards out. Sophomore Andrew Morales took the kick, finding Simmons in the box who headed the ball home with 1:24 left in regulation.
Ibarra made three saves on the afternoon to earn his second consecutive clean sheet.
On Friday, the Mustangs defeated Oakland, 1-0, in overtime. Oakland's best look on goal came on a penalty kick opportunity in the 80th minute, but Ibarra made a diving save to keep the game scoreless and send it to extra time.
In the 95th minute, freshman Leobardo Vazquez received a feed from Morales, shook a defender and sent a 17-yard shot up over the goalie and in for the SMU win. The goal was Vazquez's second of the season and first career game-clincher.
Ibarra was named MVP of the SMU Classic after posting two shutouts. Simmons, Rosales and midfielder T.J. Nelson were also named to the SMU Classic All-Tournament team.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior has blanked the opposition in back-to-back games and even saved a penalty kick on Sept. 14 against Oakland. Ibarra has three games this year with six or more saves and ranks 13th in the country in total saves this season (36). He averages 5.14 saves per game (34th nationally) and holds a save percentage of 81.8% (43rd nationally).
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.
The Mustangs kick off Conference USA action against South Carolina on Sept. 24 at Westcott Field at 7 p.m. SMU defeated the Gamecocks, 1-0, on a goal by Ben Hill in the semifinals of the C-USA Championship last season.
Individual game tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and under. Special group ticket prices are available. Tickets can be purchased online at SMUMustangs.com or by calling 214-SMU-GAME.