Nov. 12, 2011
Conference USA Championship
Hurricane Stadium - Tulsa, Okla.
SMU Mustangs (12-6-1, 4-3-1 C-USA) vs. No. 17 UAB Blazers (13-3-3, 6-1-1 C-USA)
Nov. 13 - 1 p.m. CT
TV - CBS Sports Network
SMU vs. UAB
SMU holds a 4-3-2 all-time record against UAB. The teams squared off on Oct. 26 as the Blazers edged the Mustangs 1-0 at Westcott Field.
VOTE Adam Still!
Senior captain Adam Still is one of 10 men's soccer finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a national honor based on excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition. Nationwide fan voting is available now. Fans are encouraged to vote once per day per computer and cell phone for Still. The fan vote will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. Vote online at SeniorClassAward.com/Vote/Mens_Soccer_2011 or at Facebook.com/LowesSeniorCLASSAward.
MUSTANGS EARN CONFERENCE HONORS
Diogo de Almeida is the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and was named First Team All-Conference USA along with senior Arthur Ivo. Sophomore Juan Castillo and junior T.J. Nelson were selected Second Team All-Conference. Freshman Aaron Simmons was named to the All-Freshman team. de Almeida and Adam Still made the Academic All-Conference USA Team.
SMU shut out No. 1 seed South Carolina, 1-0, Nov. 11. Junior Ben Hill scored the game's lone goal in the 27th minute. Following an SMU corner kick, Nelson collected the ball as it was cleared out of the box and fired a shot from about 22 yards out. Hill redirected the ball in front of the net, sending it just inside the right post for a 1-0 Mustang lead. The tally was Hill's second of the season.
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra had a stellar performance in net to earn his fourth shutout of the season. He had several big moments, making a point-blank save on a bullet by South Carolina's leading scorer in the 55th minute and stopping a corner kick on the line with three seconds remaining in the game.
Ivo scored his first career hat trick as SMU defeated Marshall, 4-3, Nov. 9. The game was a back-and-forth affair with three lead changes. Ivo got the Mustangs on the board in the 17th minute on an assist from redshirt freshman Tyler Engel.
Marshall responded with a goal in the 18th minute and then took the lead on a tally in the 56th minute.
Engel scored a goal of his own in the 62nd on a feed from sophomore Zach Barnes.
Ivo put the Mustangs back up 3-2 when he converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute. He completed his hat trick with the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute on assists from Barnes and sophomore Robbie Derschang.
Marshall added a goal in the 79th minute, but the Mustangs were able to hold off the Herd for the win.
SMU awaits the NCAA selection show on Monday to find out its next opponent. The show airs online at NCAA.com at 3:30 p.m.