SMU Draws 3-3 With No. 6 Memphis

Go smu! Ambrose scored her second late-game goal of the season with tonight's equalizer in the 89th minute
Go smu!
Ambrose scored her second late-game goal of the season with tonight's equalizer in the 89th minute
Go smu!

Oct. 7, 2011

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. SMU) -- The SMU women's soccer team went into Mike Rose Soccer Complex tonight and did something that no team has been able to do this season against No. 6 Memphis--get a result. In a wild match filled with momentum swings, the Mustangs were able to leave with a 3-3 draw, snapping Memphis' 12-match win-streak.

"That was one of the most incredible games that I've ever been a part of, that I've ever seen," said SMU head coach Brent Erwin. "It was an unbelievable effort and game by our young women."

In front of a raucous, record-setting crowd, SMU got on the scoreboard first in the 26th minute after a Mallory Baum corner kick led to a scramble just outside of Memphis' 6-yard box. Olivia Elliott pounced on the loose ball and put it in the back of the net for to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. The goal was the freshman's  third of the season.

Thirteen minutes later, fellow freshman Briana Gaines extended the lead to 2-0 as she stole the ball from a Tiger defender and caught Memphis goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters off of her line after ripping a shot from 25 yards out that dropped under the crossbar.  

SMU took the two goal lead into the half. Until tonight, Memphis hadn't surrendered a first half goal this season.

Coming out of the locker room, the Tigers ratcheted up the pressure. Memphis' Christabel Oduro cut into the Mustang lead in the 71st minute with a shot to the far right post past SMU goalkeeper Courtney Webb.  Less than a minute later, the Tigers struck again as Kaitlyn Atkins ripped a shot from the top of the box that found the back of the net.

With the match knotted up at 2-2, Lizzy Simonin gave Memphis the lead in the 77th minute. After a foul just outside the Mustang penalty box, the senior stepped up and hit a hard, low shot to the far post.

"In the first half we played wonderfully," Erwin said. "We scored two goals and had plenty of chances. In the second half, I'll give Memphis credit. They came out and they were on fire. They had the largest crowd they have ever had and it was probably the first game I've ever been a part of where I think the crowd played a difference."

Unwilling to quit, SMU found the equalizer as sophomore Amelia Ambrose leveled the game with just over a minute and half left in regulation after collecting the ball at the top of 18-yard box before firing it into the back of the net. The late goal was the transfer's second of the season beyond the 87th minute in a game.

Ambrose's goal eventually sent the game to overtime where neither side could get the upper-hand.

"Amelia has been an unbelievably great addition to our team," Erwin said of Ambrose's contributions to the team. "She never gives up. She never stops and always runs hard. She's obviously scored two goals late that have given us results, but in every game that she has played, she's been able to do whatever we've needed her to do. She was big again tonight, even before she scored the goal."

SMU has a quick turnaround as the team heads to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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