Oct. 4, 2012
#25 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs Kentucky
SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012 - 7 PM
WESTCOTT FIELD - DALLAS, TEXAS
Mustangs Lose, 2-0, To Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team was defeated by Kentucky, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex. With the loss, SMU is now 9-6-1 on the year and holds a 3-3-1 mark in Conference USA.
SMU holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series against Kentucky. The teams last squared off on Oct. 30, 2011, as the Wildcats defeated the Mustangs, 2-0, in Lexington.
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 NAMED NSCAA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra was tabbed the NSCAA National Player of the Week and the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Mustangs open C-USA action with wins over South Carolina and then-No. 23 UAB. Ibarra saved a total of 17 shots in the two games, leading the team to a 2-0 mark in league play. The junior made 10 stops en route to a shut out of UAB in Birmingham on Sept. 29. For his efforts, he was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
No. 25 SMU defeated No. 20 Tulsa, 1-0, Wednesday night at Westcott Field. Freshman Brenden Lee scored his first collegiate goal, the eventual game-winner, in the 51st minute. Sophomore Damian Rosales led a pass up the right side for sophomore Tyler Engel. Engel sent a cross to the far side of the box and Lee volleyed the ball home from five yards out for a 1-0 Mustang lead.
Ibarra continued his stellar season as he recorded his second consecutive shutout, making four saves on the night. The shutout was his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Tulsa's best chance to score came in the 83rd minute as Stephen Roberson came in for a one-on-one and was challenged by Ibarra. Ibarra made the initial save but the ball continued toward the net until SMU defender Aaron Simmons ran back to kick the ball off of the goal line and preserve the win for SMU.
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 to earn his third shutout of the season. He 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 keep the clean sheet and the win.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior recorded shutouts on Wednesday against No. 20 Tulsa and on Sept. 29 at No. 23 UAB. He also 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 65 total stops this season, which ranks him fourth nationally. He averages 5.91 saves per game (9th NCAA) and holds a save percentage of 86.7% (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 heads to Florida to take on UCF on Oct. 14 and FIU on Oct. 17.
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.