Mustangs Prepped For First Conference Match At Rutgers

Go smu!
Go smu!

Go smu!

Sept. 18, 2013

 SMU (1-5, 0-0) vs. Rutgers (3-2-1, 0-0)
 Date & Start Time  Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. CT
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 Location  Yurcak Field
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MATCH NOTES

Looking Back...

The SMU men's soccer team went 1-1 last weekend at the Jason's Deli SMU Invitational. The Mustangs picked up their first win of 2013 on Sept. 13 with a 2-1 decision against Hartwick. Sophomore forward Alfred Koroma knocked in the match winner, while junior midfielder Andrew Morales picked up his first goal of the season. Freshman defender Deshawon Nembhard was credited with assists on both netters, and sophomore John Lujano also received a helper on Koroma's goal. Senior goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra registered two saves for SMU.

In the 1-0 setback to UMKC, the Mustangs outshot the Kangroos 19-7. Koroma tallied seven shots, four of which were on frame, and senior forward Juan Castillo and sophomore defender Michael King added three and two, respectively. Ibarra had a pair of saves in the match.

Invite Standouts...

Juan Castillo and Michael King were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts at the SMU Invitational. Castillo registered five shots for the Mustangs, while King put together three shots, one of which was on goal. King also anchored a back line that only allowed six shots on goal between the two matches.

Rookie Of The Week...

Deshawon Nembhard was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the first time in 2013. The Dallas native recorded his first two collegiate assists in the Mustangs' 2-1 victory over Hartwick in the Jason's Deli SMU Invitational. Nembhard assisted on goals from Andrew Morales and Alfred Koroma. He has played in six matches for SMU, including two as a starter.

American Preview...

The Rutgers match serves as the first American Athletic Conference match for SMU.  The Mustangs were tabbed fourth in the first American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll. SMU follows preseason No. 5 UConn, No. 10 Louisville and USF, who has been receiving votes in the poll. Rutgers, Memphis, UCF, Cincinnati and Temple round out the group.

Scouting The Scarlet Knights...

Rutgers enters this week's match with a 3-2-1 record, including a 2-0 record last weekend. In a 3-2 victory over Princeton (Sept. 13), the Scarlet Knights recorded three first half goals - two from sophomore Mael Corboz and one from junior Todd Webb - to overtake the Tigers. Freshman David Greczek went the distance in the net and racked up five saves.

In the 3-0 victory over South Carolina (Sept. 15), Corboz struck again, while sophomore Mitchell Taintor and senior Kene Eze also added goals. Greczek added four saves.

Rutgers has outscored its opponents 13-8, but narrowly trails, 38-36, in shots on goal.

Corboz was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was also a College Soccer News' National Team of the Week member. Greczek was also honored as the American's Goalkeeper of the Week. Corboz leads the team with five goals and two assists in 2013, and Greczek posts a 1.25 goals-against-average and has 29 saves. 

Series History...

The Mustangs are 2-1 all-time in matches with Rutgers. The last meeting was a 2-0 SMU victory at the SMU Classic on Oct. 30, 1994. The Ponies fell 1-0 to a then-No. 7 ranked Scarlet Knights team in 1993, and earned a 3-2 victory in the 1991 NCAA Tournament when RU was ranked fourth.

Looking Ahead...

SMU is in the midst of a three-match road swing, which includes non-conference matches at No. 6 Washington (Sept. 27) and Portland (Sept. 29). No. 22 Louisville comes to the Hilltop on Oct. 6, with the remainder of the conference season to follow. The regular season closes out on Nov. 2 when No. 12 UConn comes to campus. SMU looks to take the No. 1 seed in the inaugural American Tournament, but will host the semifinals and final in Frisco, Texas, regardless.

Around The Conference...

Memphis currently sits atop the conference with a 4-1-1 record, while Temple is just behind at 4-2. No. 22 Louisville and Rutgers each have three wins, while No. 12 UConn and Cincinnati have a pair. USF (RV) and UCF have won one game apiece.

Rutgers and Cincinnati are currently the league's hottest teams, posting a two-match win streak. Temple previously held the longest streak, going 4-0 to start 2013, but fell to St. Joseph's on Sept. 14.