Mustangs Head To USF For Last Regular Season Road Contest
Oct. 24, 2013
Following the match with South Florida, the regular season closes out on Nov. 2 when UConn comes to campus. SMU currently sits sixth in the American Athletic Conference and looks to host a quarterfinal match as a top four seed in the inaugural tournament, but the institution will host the semifinals and final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, regardless.
The Last Meeting
August 31, 2012
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 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...
A nine-match unbeaten streak for No. 6 and conference leader Louisville was snapped in a 2-0 setback at Cincinnati. The Cardinals still hold the top spot at 4-1-1, just two points ahead of a 3-1-2 UCF team. UConn dropped a spot after being idle in midweek conference action, and Temple (2-1-3) and Memphis (3-4) are tied at fourth. The Ponies dropped to sixth after a loss at Memphis, while Rutgers, USF and Cincinnati round out the group.
The American Ranks...
Senior Jaime Ibarra ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference rankings in saves (50) and saves-per-game (3.57). Sophomore Alfred Koroma also makes an appearance in several categories, including match winners (T-5th, 2), goals (10th, 4) shots (10th, 35) and shots-per-game (10th, 2.50). The Mustangs' assist leader, freshman Deshawon Nembhard, is also tied for seventh in the league with three and tied for ninth with 2.14 per game.
Scouting The Bulls...
South Florida enters the Saturday match with a 1-2-3 American Athletic Conference record and a 4-3-7 overall mark. In its last outing, the Bulls fell, 1-0, to in-state rival UCF in Tampa, Fla.
Freshman Lindo Mfeka is the Bulls' point leader with 11 (5g, 1a) in 2013. The midfielder also has one match winner. Junior Edwin Moalosi has a pair of match winners and has tallied nine points (3g, 3a). Senior goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad has 42 saves for USF and boasts a .77 goals-against-average.
The team has outscored its opponents, by a 17-13 margin, and has a 198-136 advantage in shots.
SMU is 1-2 all-time against South Florida. In its most recent meeting, then-No. 20 SMU fell, 1-0, to then-No. 4 ranked USF at the 2012 Tulsa Classic. The programs previously met in 2004 and 2005 with each team winning a match on its home field.
The SMU men's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to American Athletic Conference opponent Memphis on Wednesday evening at Mike Rose Field. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 2-2-2 in conference play, while the Tigers improved to 3-4 in league action.
SMU outshot the Tigers, 14-10, but Memphis held the narrow 6-5 edge in shots on goal. Koroma had a pair of shots on frame, while Morales, Nembhard and junior Damian Rosales each added one. Senior Jaime Ibarra registered three saves.