Nov. 1, 2012
#14 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs. Memphis
FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012 - 7 PM
MIKE ROSE STADIUM - MEMPHIS, TENN.
Mustangs Close Out Regular Season With 2-1 Win Over Memphis On Senior Night
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team closed out the regular season by defeating Memphis, 2-1, on Senior Night at Westcott Field on Friday night. Sophomore Juan Castillo and senior Arthur Ivo scored a minute apart to earn the Mustang victory. With the win, SMU ends the regular season with a 10-6-1 record and a 4-3-1 mark in Conference USA. Memphis finishes 11-5-1 and 4-4-0 in league play.
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).
SMU (10-3-3, 6-1 C-USA) vs. MEMPHIS (7-6-3, 3-2-2 C-USA)
SMU holds a 8-1 record in the all-time series against Memphis. The teams last squared off on Nov. 4, 2011, as the Mustangs topped the Tigers, 2-1, at Westcott Field on Senior Day. Forwards Juan Castillo and Arthur Ivo scored en route to the SMU win.
MUSTANGS NO. 14 IN NSCAA POLL
The Mustangs are No. 14 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings. SMU is ranked first in the Midwest Region.
MUSTANGS WIN CONFERENCE USA
SMU clinched the Conference USA regular season title Wednesday night. The Mustangs are 6-1 in C-USA with one game remaining. SMU is the top seed for the Conference USA Championship, played Nov. 7-11 in Birmingham, Ala., and will have first-round bye. SMU's first game will be on Friday, Nov. 9.
SMU defeated Marshall, 1-0, in overtime on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Westcott Field. After a scoreless 90 minutes of play, sophomore Tyler Engel broke through with a goal just 1:13 into the first overtime. Castillo ran up the right side to the end line and fed a pass to Engel. Engel then cut a defender and fired a shot just inside the near post from eight yards out. The goal was Engel's team-leading eighth tally of the season. He also leads the Mustangs in points (22), assists (6) and game-winning goals (5).
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra made three saves on the afternoon to earn his sixth shutout of the season.
SMU DRAWS MISSOURI STATE
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.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior shut out Marshall on Sunday, 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 85 total stops this season, which ranks him 12th nationally. He averages 5.31 saves per game (21st NCAA) and holds a 85.9% save percentage (6th 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 - C-USA TOURNAMENT
SMU is the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA tournament and will have a bye in the first round. The Mustangs' opponent will be announced following the first round of games on Wednesday.