Mustangs Open Season At Home Against ULM On Friday At 7 p.m.
Aug 21, 2013
SMU opens its season with a home match against ULM on Friday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs last opened at home in 2010, when they beat FIU 1-0. SMU then travels to Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday for a 1 p.m. affair against the Razorbacks. The women's soccer team will be the first program at SMU to play a regular season game as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. ULM
This match marks the first meeting between the two programs. SMU will play a total of seven teams for the first time this season - Colorado State, DePaul, ULM, Louisville, South Carolina, Temple and USF.
ABOUT THE WARHAWKS
The Warhawks are coming off a 4-15-0 (1-9-0) season, placing 10th in the Sun Belt. ULM is in its second season under head coach Roberto Mazza. Only seven letterwinners return, with 21 newcomers listed on the roster. The program began in 1999.
DFW TO ULM
The Warhawks have seven players from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Holly Mallinson (North Richland Hills), Cameron Stoker (Frisco), Paige Reid (Frisco), Susan Dickson (Forney), Abigail Canny (Plano), Haley Rodriguez (Rowlett) and Kyla Kalinski (Wylie) all call DFW home. Kelley O'Dwyer is an eighth Texas native, hailing from Sugar Land.
PETRUCELLI SEEKS WIN NO. 350
With a win on Friday night, the Mustangs would accomplish more than a season-opening victory. The win would be Head Coach Chris Petrucelli's 350th in his career. Petrucelli would become the 16th coach in NCAA women's soccer history (across all divisions) to tally 350 wins.
SMU IN SEASON OPENERS
The Mustangs have dropped their last two season openers, but hold a 20-7-0 overall record on opening day. This includes rattling off 13 consecutive season-opening wins from 1995-2007. Last year SMU took San Diego State to the second overtime period before falling 1-0.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. ARKANSAS
The Mustangs are 11-2 (3-2 on the road) all-time against Arkansas, including a 4-0 win at Westcott Field last season. SMU last visited Fayetteville on Aug. 19, 2011, losing 2-1. Prior to that match the Mustangs had won four-straight matches dating back to 1994. The two programs first met in 1986, with SMU winning 7-0 in Dallas.
ABOUT THE RAZORBACKS
The Razorbacks went 9-10-1 in 2012, placing third in SEC West. Nine starters return, including 2012's leading scorer Ashleigh Ellenwood (six goals, 13 points). Head coach Colby Hale is in his second season in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks defeated Creighton 3-2 in a scrimmage on Aug. 15 and will play Kansas in their season-opening match on Friday.
LAST MEETING: MUSTANGS AMBUSH ARKANSAS, 4-0 (Aug. 26, 2012)
SMU scored four goals on its first 11 shots, including the first two by Scovill. Courtney Smith found Scovill's head with a cross from the left side at the 21:03 mark in the first half, and the Mustangs carried a 1-0 lead into halftime.
SMU came out strong in the second half, and scored three goals between the 50th and 60th minutes. Scovill added her second after stealing a bad defensive-third pass from Arkansas and finding a wide-open net.
Elliott scored almost immediately after, after picking up an attempted shot by Scovill point-blank in front of the goal line and redirecting the ball into the net. Redman picked up a rebound off of a long shot from Smith and put it home at the 59:21 mark.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE RELEASES PRESEASON POLL, REDMAN EARNS PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
SMU was pegged to finish seventh in the inaugural American Athletic Conference preseason poll, the league announced Friday. SMU forward Shelby Redman was selected by the league's coaches to the American Athletic Conference Preseason Team.
The regular season opens with a home match against ULM on Aug. 23. SMU is coming off a 9-8-4 season, including an undefeated 5-0-3 record at Westcott Field and an appearance in the Conference USA semifinals.
UCF and Louisville tied for first place in the poll. The Knights and the Cardinals each earned 85 points. Rutgers redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno earned Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors, while UCF senior Marissa Diggs was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and UCF senior Lianne Maldonado was named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
The American Athletic Conference, based in Providence, R.I., rebranded July 1, 2013. In its inaugural year, The American is fortunate to be able to draw from the previous successes and traditions already established in its 10 inaugural women's soccer programs. The state-of-the-art UCF Soccer and Track Complex will host the first American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship on Nov. 8 (semifinals) and 10 (final). First-round and quarterfinal games will be held at campus sites on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.
MUSTANGS LAND THREE ON COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.com PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Three Mustangs received Preseason First Team All-Conference recognition from CollegeSportsMadness.com, the website announced Tuesday. Rikki Clarke, Shelby Redman and Courtney Smith all received acknowledgment heading into the program's first campaign as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Clarke, a junior midfielder, was fourth on the team in points last season with 12. She scored the game-winning goals in SMU's win over No. 8 UCF on Oct. 7 and in the team's first round win over Rice in the Conference USA Tournament. Clarke received Second Team All-C-USA honors and made the All-Tournament team.
Redman, a junior forward, tied for the team lead in goals with nine, good for fourth in the C-USA. Redman led the Mustangs with 25 points, which tied for the third-highest total in the C-USA. The Austin, Texas native also made the Second Team All-C-USA squad.
Smith, a senior defender, led SMU with 10 assists, tying for the C-USA lead and ranking 20th in the NCAA in that category. Smith started all 21 games and earned Third Team All-C-USA recognition.
SCOVILL TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY IN ICELAND
Former SMU forward Kenzie Scovill has signed a contract to play for Thróttur Reykjavik in Iceland, officially beginning her professional career after finishing her last season as a Mustang in November.
Scovill has always fantasized about turning her favorite sport into her job, and is thrilled that she is getting the opportunity.
"It feels amazing to know that I've reached my goal and have actually turned the dream I always dreamed about as a little kid into reality," Scovill said. "Signing the contract and being able to call myself a professional soccer play was so surreal, exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. I didn't even believe it was happening until I was here, in Iceland, and at my first practice with the team."
Thróttur plays in Úrvalsdeild, the most competitive league in Iceland, but is currently at the bottom of its league table and in danger of being relegated to a lower tier. With just eight league games remaining, the squad needed help at forward to try to climb back up the standings and Scovill believes she can help right away.
"I just got here last Wednesday (July 31) and have only had about three practices with them, but all of the girls have been very welcoming and I think we have a lot of potential to finish the season strong and finish higher up in the division and out of relegations."
Scovill scored 22 goals in 71 games on the Hilltop, leading the Mustangs in goals in three of her four seasons. The Lewisville, Texas native also added six assists during her career. According to Scovill, SMU has had a huge influence on her - both on the pitch and off.
"I'm so thankful to have had the opportunities that I've had, especially given the opportunity and experience of playing Division I soccer at SMU," Scovill said. "My career at SMU helped me grow as a player and a person, and has really set a great foundation for me to succeed in all of my future endeavors.
"My SMU family, the team I will always represent, have pushed me, supported me, and helped me get to where I am today because without them I doubt I'd be here in Iceland. SMU has shown me how to work and mesh with a new team fast, given me the ability to overcome setbacks like taking a loss or tie you didn't want or coming back from an injury. My SMU family has taught me to be fearless and confident on the pitch because you know you have 10 other players fighting with you and for you on the field."
Scovill hopes for success in Reykjavik, but also has her sights set beyond the northern-most capital city in the world. The opportunity in Iceland for Scovill has proven that dreams can come true, and the forward does not look to wake up anytime soon. She hopes to return to the United States to try out for the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) someday, but more than anything, Scovill just wants to keep playing.
"Soccer has been a part of me for as long as I can remember and I'm not ready to call it quits," Scovill said.
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith finished 2012 with 10 assists, tying her for first in the Conference USA and 20th in the NCAA; the 10 assists were the 12th-most in a season in school history and the highest total since Olivia O'Rear also had 10 in 2004... Earned Third Team All-C-USA honors... Smith has 17 assists for her career, ranking 19th in SMU history; needs just five helpers to move into the top-10 all-time... Tallied one assist in SMU's preseason match against Missouri (8/17)... HONORS: Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com)
Shelby Redman (RS Jr. | F)
Redman, who has 11 goals in her career, needs just two goals to move into the top-25 in school history... Redman ranks 16th all-time at SMU in shots per game with 2.38... Tied for the team lead in 2012 in goals with 9... Had a goal and an assist with eight shots in SMU's preseason match at Missouri (8/17)... HONORS: Preaseason All-Conference (American Athletic Conference coaches' poll), Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com)
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Clarke scored four goals in 2012, including the game-winner in SMU's 2-1 win at No. 8 UCF on Oct. 7... HONORS: Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com)
Bari Kesner (Fr. | F)
Kesner made her presence felt in her first collegiate match, scoring in the 77th minute of SMU's exhibition match at Missouri (8/17).