Oct. 2, 2012
#25 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs #20 Tulsa
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012 - 7 PM
WESTCOTT FIELD - DALLAS, TEXAS
Mustangs Defeat C-USA Rival Tulsa, 2-1
TULSA, Okla. (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team defeated Conference USA rival Tulsa 2-1 at Hurricane Stadium on Wednesday Night. Senior Diogo de Almeida and sophomore Juan Castillo scored for the Mustangs. With the win, SMU moves to 6-4 on the season and now has a 1-1 mark in C-USA. Tulsa is now 4-6 on the year and holds a 0-2 mark in league play.
SMU holds a 26-6-3 all-time mark against Tulsa. The teams last squared off on Oct. 5, 2011, as the Mustangs topped the Golden Hurricane, 2-1, in Tulsa. Diogo de Almeida and Juan Castillo scored goals less than four minutes apart for the SMU win.
MUSTANGS NO. 25 IN NSCAA POLL
The Mustangs are No. 25 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings. SMU is ranked second in the Midwest Region behind Tulsa.
IBARRA, ENGEL EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Junior Jaime Ibarra and sophomore Tyler Engel have earned weekly honors after helping the Mustangs open C-USA action with wins over South Carolina and No. 23 UAB. Ibarra was tabbed the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after saving 17 shots and helping the team to a 2-0 mark in league play. Ibarra made 10 stops en route to a shut out of No. 23 UAB on Saturday. He was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Engel was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week after netting two goals in 75 seconds on Sept. 24 against South Carolina.
SHUT IT DOWN, LET'S GO HOME!
SMU shut out No. 23 UAB, 1-0, Saturday night in Birmingham, Ala. Sophomore Andrew Morales scored the game's lone tally on a penalty kick in the 60th minute. A ball was played into the box for freshman John Lujano who was clipped by a UAB defender, resulting in a penalty kick for SMU. Morales converted the opportunity for his third goal of the season and first game-winner.
Ibarra made 10 saves on the night to earn his third shutout of the season. Ibarra also received help from the defense as the Mustangs made two team saves on the line in the final ten seconds of the game to preserve the clean sheet and the win.
MINUTE TO WIN IT
Sophomore Tyler Engel scored two goals in 75 seconds as SMU defeated South Carolina, 2-1, to open C-USA play Sept. 24 at Westcott Field. Engel's first tally came in the 34th minute. Freshman Derek Schrick sent a long through ball up the field to Engel, who dribbled past two defenders and chipped the ball over the South Carolina goalkeeper and in for a 1-0 lead. Engel doubled the score with a nearly identical goal just 75 seconds later. Morales fed a ball up the middle to Engel who deked a defender and sent the ball to the lower right corner. Engel leads the Mustangs in points (11), goals (4) and game-winning goals (3).
South Carolina added a last-minute goal off of a corner kick, but Ibarra had another stellar performance in the net for the Mustangs, making seven stops on the night.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior recorded a shutout on Saturday at No. 23 UAB, blanked the opposition in back-to-back games Sept. 14-16, and even saved a penalty kick on Sept. 14 against Oakland and on Sept. 20 versus CSU Bakersfield. Ibarra has six games this year with six or more saves and has recorded 61 total stops this season, which ranks him fourth nationally. He averages 6.1 saves per game (9th NCAA) and holds a save percentage of 85.9% (14th NCAA).
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.
SMU hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Westcott Field. Saturday is Facebook Fan Appreciation day. Anyone who is a fan of SMU Men's Soccer on Facebook can print off a coupon for free admission to the game.
All tickets for Wednesday's matchup against Tulsa are only $1. Tickets can be purchased online at SMUMustangs.com or by calling 214-SMU-GAME.