Mustangs Head To Cincinnati For Conference Play

Go smu! <blank>
Go smu!

Go smu!

Oct. 10, 2013

 SMU (2-8-1, 1-1-1) vs. Cincinnati (3-8-1, 0-4)
 Date & Start Time  Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Live Video  Bearcats TV
 Location  Cincinnati, Ohio
 Tickets   GoBEARCATS.com
 Match Notes  Match Notes (.pdf)
 Facebook  /SMUMustangs   |   /SMUSoccerM
 Twitter  @SMUMustangs   |   @SMUSoccerM
 SMU App  iPhone App   |   Android App

Looking Ahead...

   SMU hits the road for a match at Cincinnati on Oct. 12, and returns home on Oct. 19 to host UCF. The final two road games are at Memphis (Oct. 23) and USF (Oct. 26), and the regular season closes out on Nov. 2 when UConn comes to campus. SMU looks to host a quarterfinal match as a top four seed in the inaugural American Tournament, but the institution will host the semifinals and final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, regardless.

Road Warriors...

   The Mustangs were scheduled to play 10 of their 16 regular season contests on the road in 2013. In 2012, SMU played six of its games away from Westcott Field and compiled a 4-2 mark. So far, the Ponies are 1-0 in American Athletic Conference action on the road.

The American Ranks...

    Senior Jaime Ibarra ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference in saves (42) and saves per game (3.82). Sophomore Alfred Koroma also makes the list for goals (T-3rd, 3), match winners (T-3rd, 2) and shots (26). Freshman Deshawon Nembhard sits tied for seventh with two assists.

Around The Conference...

  No. 11 Louisville has picked up conference victories against UCF, Temple and SMU to pace the league standings. UCF sits second, and UConn, a team that sat sixth just two days ago, picked up its first conference victory over Rutgers to move into third. Four teams (Memphis, Rutgers, USF and SMU) all sit in the middle of the pack at .500 in The American. Temple and Cincinnati are still winless in league play.  

Taking Notice...

   Senior Jaime Ibarra, freshman Deshawon Nembhard and sophomore Alfred Koroma have all caught the attention of The American this season. Ibarra was named the conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 23, while Nembhard was named the Rookie of the Week on Sept. 16. Koroma has also made the conference honor roll on several occasions.

Scouting The Bearcats...

   Cincinnati enters this weekend's match with a 3-8-1 overall record and a 0-4 mark in league action. The Bearcats currently sit ninth in the American Athletic Conference standings. In its most recent contest, UC suffered a 4-1 setback at conference opponent USF in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 9.

   Junior Ashani Walker is the Bearcats point leader with 11 (5g, 1a) points in 2013. He has one match winner for UC and has converted on a pair of penalty kicks. The remainder of Cincinnati's points are spread amongst five players. Sophomore Alex Gill has been the primary goalkeeper and has made nine starts in 10 matches played. He boasts a 1.33 goals-against-average and has 46 saves.

   As a team, UC has been outshot by its opponents, 173-120, and outscored, 20-8.    

Series History...

   The Mustangs are 3-1 all-time in matches with the Bearcats. SMU has won the previous three meetings, with the most recent as a 6-0 victory at the SMU Classic on Sept. 1, 2006. Other wins include a 3-1 match on Sept. 29, 2002 and a 3-2 match on Sept. 12, 2004. This will be the first match between the two institutions in Cincinnati.

Looking Back...

    In their most recent match, the Mustangs came away with a 1-1 draw against American Athletic Conference opponent Temple. Sophomore Eddie Puskarich scored his first goal of the season in the third minute to give SMU an early lead. The Ponies were able to hold the lead until the 68th minute when the Owls tied the match, forcing it into extra time. SMU outshot Temple 20-19 in the match, including shots on goal from Puskarich, sophomores Leobardo Vazquez and Will Smith and senior Max Rockwell.