Oct. 16, 2012
#19 SMU MEN'S SOCCER at FIU
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012 - 6 PM CT
FIU SOCCER STADIUM - MIAMI, FLA.
Mustangs Top FIU, 2-1, In Overtime
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team defeated FIU, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday night at Westcott Field. Sophomore Juan Castillo scored in regulation and senior Diogo de Almeida netted the overtime game-winner for the Mustangs. With the win, SMU moves to 8-4-1 on the season and now has a 3-1-1 mark in C-USA. FIU is now 4-6-3 on the year and holds a 1-3-1 record in league play.
SMU (8-3-2, 4-1 C-USA) vs. FIU (7-3-2, 0-2-1 C-USA)
SMU holds a 15-3 record in the all-time series against FIU. The teams last squared off on Oct. 16, 2011, as SMU defeated FIU, 2-1, in overtime at Westcott Field. Juan Castillo scored in regulation for the Mustangs and Diogo de Almeida tallied the overtime game-winner.
MUSTANGS NO. 19 IN NSCAA POLL
The Mustangs are No. 19 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings. SMU is ranked first in the Midwest Region.
SMU FALLS TO UCF
UCF snapped SMU's nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) Sunday night as the Knights defeated the Mustangs, 1-0, at the UCF Soccer Complex. The goal by UCF ended goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra's three-game shutout streak. Ibarra still managed to make five stops on the night for the Mustangs.
SMU defeated Kentucky, 2-0, Oct. 6 at Westcott Field. Sophomore Tyler Engel opened the scoring for the Mustangs with a penalty kick in the 65th minute after Castillo was taken down in the box. Engel converted the opportunity for his team-leading fifth goal of the season and a 1-0 SMU lead.
Castillo added insurance with a goal of his own in the 75th minute. Engel sent a long through pass from the right side to Castillo, who ran onto the ball and tapped it in from eight yards out.
The Mustang defense once again shut down the opposition following another golden night in net by Ibarra. The junior made five saves en route to his third consecutive shutout and fifth clean sheet of the season.
SMU defeated No. 20 Tulsa, 1-0, Oct. 3 at Westcott Field. Freshman Brenden Lee scored his first collegiate goal, the eventual game-winner, in the 51st minute. Rosales led a pass up the right side for 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 Simmons ran back to kick the ball off of the goal line and preserve the win for SMU.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior had a three-match shutout streak (Oct. 6 vs. Kentucky, Oct. 3 vs. No. 20 Tulsa and Sept. 29 at No. 23 UAB) and also blanked the opposition in back-to-back games Sept. 14-16 (Oakland and UC Davis). Ibarra even saved a penalty kick on Sept. 14 against Oakland and on Sept. 20 versus CSU Bakersfield. He has six games this year with six or more saves and has recorded 75 total stops this season, which ranks him seventh nationally. He averages 5.77 saves per game (14th NCAA) and holds a 87.2% save percentage (5th 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.
NEXT GAME - YOUTH SPORT NIGHT
Children (age 12 and under) wearing a youth sports jersey for ANY sport to Sunday's match against Missouri State will receive FREE ADMISSION to the game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Westcott Field.