Nov. 18, 2010
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No. 17 Creighton Bluejays (13-5-1, 5-1-1 MVC)
at No. 7 SMU Mustangs (15-2-0, 7-1-0 C-USA)
NCAA Second Round
November 21 - 7 p.m.
Westcott Field - Dallas, Texas
SMU vs. CREIGHTON
SMU holds a 17-6-1 record in the all-time series against Creighton. The teams last squared off Sept. 17, with the Mustangs defeating the Jays 3-2 in a come-from-behind double-overtime win. After falling behind 2-0 at the half, freshman Juan Castillo started the Mustang rally when he scored on a long punt from goalkeeper Craig Hill. Junior Arthur Ivo then converted two penalty kicks, including one in the 103rd minute, to win the game for SMU. The last time the teams faced each other in postseason play, Creighton downed SMU 3-0 in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Omaha.
MUSTANGS NO. 5 SEED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
SMU is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and received a first round bye. Louisville claimed the top seed, followed by Maryland, Akron and North Carolina. The Mustangs are making their 27th appearance in the tournament and hold a 30-21-5 all-time record in NCAA postseason play. SMU advanced to the College Cup in both 2000 and 2005.
SMU NO. 7 IN NSCAA POLL
The Mustangs are No. 7 in the final regular season NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. SMU ranks first in the Midwest regional rankings.
SOUTH CAROLINA STUMPS SMU
SMU was defeated by South Carolina 2-1 in a Conference USA Championship semifinal Nov. 12. Ivo scored SMU's lone goal in the 30th minute when he received a pass from Kekoa Osorio and fed the ball in to the far lower corner from just inside the 18 yard box. The goal was his eighth of the season. South Carolina responded, netting the equalizer in the 45th minute and the game-winner in the 50th minute.
SMU closed out the regular season by defeating FIU 2-1 in overtime Nov. 5. Senior Josue Soto opened the scoring with a goal just 2:24 in to the game. The ball was served in to the box and bounced around before Soto gained control and sent it in for a 1-0 Mustang lead. The goal was Soto's sixth of the season. Sophomore T.J. Nelson netted the game-winner in the 99th minute for SMU when he gathered a rebound and fired it home for his second goal of the season. Both of Nelson's tallies have been overtime game-winners. His other goal came in the 103rd minute of the Mustangs' 3-2 double-overtime win against Missouri State in the season opener.
SMU CLINCHES C-USA REGULAR SEASON TITLE
SMU defeated Kentucky 2-0 on Senior Night to clinch the Conference USA regular season title Oct. 30 at Westcott Field. Soto netted the game-winner when he scored on a free kick from 30 yards out in the fifth minute. The goal was Soto's fifth of the year and his third game-clincher of the season. Freshman Zach Barnes added insurance for the Mustangs when he scored less than five minutes later. Castillo took the ball down the right side to the end line and crossed it in to Barnes, who one-timed it home. The goal was Barnes' fifth of the season. The helper was Castillo's team-leading 22nd point of the year. Hill made five saves on the night to earn his third clean sheet of the season.