Men's Soccer

Mustangs Host Missouri State On Youth Jersey Night

Go smu! Eddie Puskarich
Go smu!
Eddie Puskarich
Go smu!

Oct. 19, 2012

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#19 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs. Missouri State
SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012 - 7 PM

The Last Meeting
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October 21, 2011
Westcott Field
No. 21 Mustangs Shut Out Missouri State, 1-0
DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 21 SMU men's soccer team defeated Missouri State, 1-0, Friday night at Westcott Field. Mustang Diogo de Almeida scored the game's lone goal. With the win, SMU moves to 9-4-1 on the season and holds a 3-1-1 mark in C-USA. Missouri State is now 6-6-2 on the year.

SMU (9-3-2, 5-1 C-USA) vs. MISSOURI STATE (5-6-3, 0-4 MVC)
SMU holds a 13-3 record in the all-time series against Missouri State. The teams last squared off exactly one year ago, as the Mustangs defeated the Bears, 1-0, at Westcott Field on a goal by Diogo de Almeida.

The Mustangs are No. 19 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings. SMU is ranked first in the Midwest Region.

SMU defeated FIU, 3-2, Wednesday night in Miami. Sophomore Tyler Engel opened the scoring with a goal in the 17th minute. Freshman John Lujano fed a ball to Engel, who cut a defender and fired a quick shot from 20 yards out for a 1-0 SMU lead. The goal was Engel's team-leading sixth tally of the season.

FIU evened the score with a goal in the 34th minute.

Freshman Eddie Puskarich regained the lead for the Mustangs with his 59th-minute tally. Engel dribbled up to the end line, cut the ball back and sent a cross into the box for a waiting Puskarich who one-timed it home. The goal was the second of the season for Puskarich.

Senior Ben Hill netted the eventual game-winner in the 64th minute when he rose like a young salmon and headed in a corner kick from sophomore Andrew Morales. The goal was Hill's second of the season and first game-clincher.

FIU responded with its own header off of a corner kick in the 86th minute, but the Mustangs held on for the 3-2 win.

UCF snapped SMU's nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) on Oct. 14 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 run. Ibarra still managed to make five stops on the night for the Mustangs.

SMU defeated Kentucky, 2-0, Oct. 6 at Westcott Field. Engel opened the scoring for the Mustangs with a penalty kick in the 65th minute after junior Juan Castillo was taken down in the box. Engel converted the opportunity for 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.

Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior had a three-match shutout streak Sept. 29-Oct. 6 (at No. 23 UAB, vs. No. 20 Tulsa, vs. Kentucky) and also blanked the opposition in back-to-back games Sept. 14-16 (vs. Oakland, vs. UC Davis). Ibarra even saved a penalty kick on Sept. 14 against Oakland and again on Sept. 20 versus CSU Bakersfield. He has seven games this year with six or more saves and has recorded 82 total stops this season, which ranks him seventh nationally. He averages 5.86 saves per game (14th NCAA) and holds a 86.3% save percentage (5th NCAA).

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 closes out the home portion of the regular season against Marshall on Oct. 28 at noon. Seniors Ben Hill, T.J. Nelson, Juan Robles and Ryan Rosenbaum will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Children (age 12 and under) wearing a youth sports jersey for ANY sport will receive FREE ADMISSION Sunday's game against Missouri State.



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