Nov. 2, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team was defeated in heartbreaking fashion this afternoon in a 2-1 loss to Rice in double-overtime in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Women’s Soccer Championship. The defeat drops the Mustangs to 11-8-1 on the year.
The Ponies struck first as Courtney Smith lined up a free kick from the edge of right side of the Owls' penalty box in the 32nd minute. Smith ripped a shot to the far post past Rice goalkeeper Amy Czyz. It was the sophomore's third goal of the year, all via set pieces.
Rice leveled the match in the 70th minute as Hope Ward sent a corner kick into the box that Hayley Williams headed past SMU keeper Courtney Webb.
SMU threatened late with a flurry of corner kicks in the final minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. With the game tied at the end of regulation, the two sides headed into overtime.
After neither team could break the deadlock through the first 10 minute period, the match appeared to be headed to penalty kicks, just as the two teams had to settle last year's contest in the quarterfinals. One minute into the second overtime, Ashton Geisendorff ended that possibility as Jessica Howard found her teammate just outside the right side of the six-yard box. The freshman hit a low shot to the far past that found the back of the net for the game-winner.
The Mustangs held a 15-12 advantage in shots, while also holding significant 11-2 edge in corner kicks. Redshirt freshman Shelby Redman paced the team with six shots. Courtney Webb recorded five saves on the afternoon.