Nov. 10, 2012
#20 SMU MEN'S SOCCER vs. TULSA
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012 - 1 PM
REGIONS PARK - HOOVER, ALA.
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP IS TELEVISED
The game will be televised in a live national broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. To find local listings, please visit CBS Sports Network.
No. 25 Mustangs Blank No. 20 Tulsa, 1-0
DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 25 SMU men's soccer team defeated No. 20 Tulsa, 1-0, Wednesday night at Westcott Field. Freshman Brenden Lee scored the game's lone goal. With the win, the Mustangs move to 7-2-2 on the season and are 3-0 in Conference USA action.
SMU (10-4-4, 6-2 C-USA) vs. TULSA (12-5-1, 5-2-1 C-USA)
SMU holds a 27-6-3 all-time mark against Tulsa. The teams last squared off on Oct. 3 as the Mustangs defeated the Golden Hurricane, 1-0, on a goal by freshman Brenden Lee at Westcott Field. The schools have met once in the C-USA tournament, tying 2-2 on Nov. 9, 2005. Then-No. 8 Tulsa advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4.
MUSTANGS NO. 20 IN NSCAA POLL
The Mustangs are No. 20 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings. SMU is ranked second in the Midwest Region behind Creighton.
MUSTANGS TIE KENTUCKY, ADVANCE TO C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP ON PKs
SMU twice rebounded from one-goal deficits to tie Kentucky, 2-2, and win penalty kicks, 4-1, in the semifinals of the C-USA tournament Friday night at Regions Park.
Kentucky struck early with a goal in the third minute by Cameron Wilder for a 1-0 Wildcat lead.
Sophomore Andrew Morales evened the score at one with his 28th-minute goal. Junior Juan Castillo ran down the right side to the end line and sent a cross into the box for senior Ben Hill. Hill's shot was blocked, but Morales gathered the rebound and launched a bullet from the edge of the six-yard box. The goal was the fourth of the season for Morales.
The Wildcats regained the lead in the 61st minute as Gabriel Conelian scored on a header, making it 2-1 Kentucky.
Castillo scored a goal of his own in the 75th minute after senior Ryan Rosenbaum picked up the ball in the middle of the attacking half and fed Castillo. Castillo then took a touch, pulled the ball back and shot the ball from the top of the 18-yard box, knotting the score, 2-2. The tally was his second of the year.
The teams remained tied, 2-2, after two overtime periods, taking the game to penalty kicks. SMU won the shoot out, 4-1, on conversions by freshman John Lujano, freshman Eddie Puskarich, Morales and freshman Michael King. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra stopped two of Kentucky's three attempts.
SMU DOMINATES C-USA SEASON AWARDS
After winning the Conference USA regular season title, SMU dominated the C-USA post-season awards announced Tuesday. Head coach Tim McClements was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons after leading the Mustangs to another league title. Junior goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra was tabbed Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and was selected First Team All-C-USA. Senior T.J. Nelson and sophomores Tyler Engel, Damian Rosales and Aaron Simmons were named to the All-Conference USA second team. Newcomer Andrew Morales was tabbed third-team All-C-USA, and John Lujano and Michael King were named to the C-USA All-Freshman team.
MUSTANGS WIN CONFERENCE USA
SMU clinched the Conference USA regular season title with a 6-2 mark in Conference USA and is the top seed for the C-USA Championship. It is the Mustangs' fourth C-USA regular season title (2005, 2006, 2010, 2012) since joining the league. SMU has also claimed two C-USA Championships (2006, 2011).
NO GOAL FOR YOU!
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has been solid in net for the Mustangs this year. The junior shut out Marshall Oct. 28, had a three-match shutout streak Sept. 29-Oct. 6 (at No. 23 UAB, vs. No. 20 Tulsa, vs. Kentucky) and 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 91 total stops this season, which ranks him 15th nationally. Ibarra averages 5.06 saves per game (21st NCAA) and holds an 83.5% save percentage (12th 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 - NCAA TOURNAMENT
SMU awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Monday to find out its tournament seeding and next opponent.