No. 19 Mustangs Host Marshall For Senior Day On Sunday

Go smu! T.J. Nelson
Go smu!
T.J. Nelson
Go smu!

Oct. 24, 2012

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#19 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs. Marshall
SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012 - 12PM

SMU (9-3-3, 5-1 C-USA) vs. MARSHALL (11-3-1, 3-3 C-USA)
SMU holds a 5-2-1 record in the all-time series against Marshall. The teams last squared off in the quarterfinals of the 2011 C-USA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The Mustangs edged the Thundering Herd, 4-3, behind a hat trick by Arthur Ivo and a tally by Tyler Engel. The last regular-season tilt between the two schools was a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Huntington, W. Va., on Oct. 8, 2011.

The Last Meeting
November 9, 2011
Tulsa, Okla.
Ivo's Hat Trick Powers SMU Past Marshall, 4-3
Senior Arthur Ivo scored his first career hat trick as the SMU men's soccer team defeated Marshall, 4-3, Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championship at Hurricane Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs are now 11-6-1 on the season.

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

SMU seniors Ben Hill, T.J. Nelson, Juan Robles and Ryan Rosenbaum will be honored in a Senior Day pregame ceremony on Sunday.

SMU played Missouri State to a 1-1 double-overtime draw Oct. 21 at Westcott Field. The Bears struck first with a goal in the 15th minute. Parker Maher dribbled up field and fired a 30-yard shot for a 1-0 MSU lead.

The Mustangs managed to even the score with just 2:31 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Damian Rosales dribbled down the right flank, cut a defender and made a cross to Engel. Engel then shook two defenders and shot the ball from 20 yards out. The goal was Engel's team-leading seventh tally of the season.

The Mustangs had several chances to win it in the two overtimes, but the best opportunity came on a shot by freshman Michael King that was saved by a Missouri State defender on the goal line in the 106th minute.

SMU defeated FIU, 3-2, Wednesday night in Miami. 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.

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 ninth nationally. He averages 5.47 saves per game (17th NCAA) and holds a 85.4% save percentage (8th 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 regular season at Memphis at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. The game will be televised on the FOX Soccer channel. Dallas listings are as follows: DirecTV - 619, Dish Network - 406, AT&T U-verse - 654/1654 (HD) and Verizon FIOS - 84/584 (HD).