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Men's Soccer

Mustangs Head to Memphis For Midweek Conference Action

Go smu! Freshman Marco Carrizales
Go smu!
Freshman Marco Carrizales
Go smu!

Oct. 21, 2013

 SMU (3-8-2, 2-1-2) vs. Memphis (8-5-1, 2-4)
 Date & Start Time  Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT
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 Location  Mike Rose Stadium - Memphis, Tenn.
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Looking Ahead...

   Following the Memphis contest, the final road game of 2013 is set for Oct. 26 at USF, 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 Athletic Conference Tournament, but the institution will host the semifinals and final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, regardless.

Vazquez Earns Hat Trick Of Awards...

   Sophomore Leobardo Vazquez's standout performance in the 3-1 victory over American opponent Cincinnati earned him a trio of awards on the national and conference level. The South Houston, Texas, native was one of 11 student-athletes selected to the topdrawersoccer.com National Team of the Week, and was honored as the conference Offensive Player of the Week. Dallassoccernews.com also named him its Player of the Week. Vazquez is tied for a team-leading three goals this season.

Taking Notice...

   Senior Jaime Ibarra, sophomores Leobardo Vazquez and Alfred Koroma and freshman Deshawon Nembhard have all caught the attention of The American this season. Ibarra was named the conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 23, Vazquez the aforementioned Offensive Player of The Week on Oct. 14 and Nembhard was named the Rookie of the Week on Sept. 16. Koroma has also made the conference honor roll on several occasions.

Around The Conference...

   No. 7 Louisville had its conference win streak snapped following a 2-2 tie with UConn on Saturday evening. The Cardinals still sit on top of the league leader board with a 4-0-1 league mark, while the Huskies are 2-0-4. UCF and SMU are tied for third at 2-1-2 after their own draw on Saturday. The pair went scoreless for 110 minutes. Rutgers, who also earned a tie over the weekend is fifth at 2-3-1, while Temple and SMU's Saturday opponent USF are 1-1-3. Rounding out the conference standings are Memphis (2-4) and Cincinnati (0-5).

The American Ranks...

   Senior Jaime Ibarra ranks fourth in both saves and saves-per-game in the American Athletic Conference. The Dallas, Texas, native has registered 47 saves, while averaging 3.62 per game. Sophomore Alfred Koroma and freshman Deshawon Nembhard are also in the top ten in a combined four categories. Koroma sits tied for four with two match winners, and 10th in shots with 32. Nembhard is tied for seventh with three assists and tied for eighth with .231 assists-per-game.

Scouting The Tigers...

   Memphis enters the midweek match eighth in the American Athletic Conference standings with a 2-4 conference mark. The Tigers are 8-6-1 overall in 2013. In its latest contest, the team fell 2-1 to league opponent Temple.

   Senior Mark Sherrod leads the team with 12 points (5g, 2a), while fellow seniors Shane Keely (4g, 2a) and Liam Collins (1g, 8a) are in double figures with 10 points apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Cody Uzcatequi has played 14 matches, including 13 as a starter, and has registered 40 saves. He boasts five shutouts and a 1.12 goals-against-average.  

   As a team, Memphis has outshot its opponents, 203-161, and have a slight edge in goals at 18-17.

Series History...

   The Mustangs are 8-2 all-time with the Tigers. One of those two setbacks came during the 2012 season when Memphis defeated SMU, 2-1, in Memphis. The series started with a five-match winning streak for SMU, and prior to the loss last year, the Ponies had won three straight.     

Looking Back...

The Last Meeting
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November 2, 2012
Memphis, Tenn.
No. 14 Mustangs Fall To Memphis In Regular Season Finale
MEMPHIS (SMU) - The No. 14 SMU men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to Memphis in the regular season finale Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Senior Ben Hill scored for the Mustangs. With the loss, SMU finishes the regular season with a 10-4-3 record and wins Conference USA with a 6-2 mark.


   After 110 minutes of action, the SMU men's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with American Athletic Conference opponent UCF on Saturday night at Westcott Field. SMU outshot UCF 24-12 in the contest, but the teams were even with four shots on goal apiece. Sophomore Alfred Koroma led the Mustangs with a match-high six shots, and two on frame, while fellow sophomores Eddie Puskarich and Leobardo Vazquez added five and four, respectively. Both SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra and his counterpart Sebastian Evers were credited with four saves.  


 

 

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