Senior Rikki Clarke
Aug. 21, 2014
|SMU (0-0-0, 0-0-0 AAC) vs #13 Nebraska (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten)|
|Date & Start Time||Friday, Aug. 22 at 6:00 p.m. CT|
|SMU (0-0-0, 0-0-0 AAC) vs Kansas (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Big 12)|
|Date & Start Time||Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1:00 p.m. CT|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Match Notes (.pdf)|
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DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team will kick off its regular season this weekend with matches against 13th-ranked Nebraska and Kansas. The Mustangs will take the field against the Cornhuskers on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. CT at the Nebraska Soccer Field in Lincoln, Neb. SMU will then travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Jayhawks on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. CT at Rock Chalk Park. Sunday's match against Kansas will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. NEBRASKA
The Mustangs are 1-1 all-time against Nebraska, most recently dropping a tough 2-0 to the Cornhuskers in 1996. The only other meeting came in the year before, in 1995, when SMU defeated Nebraska 3-1.
ABOUT THE CORNHUSKERS
Nebraska won the Big 10 regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, compiling a 19-4-1 record on the way. The Cornhuskers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships and finished the season ranked 13th in the final NSCAA rankings. The squad returns five starters from a year ago and enters the season ranked 13th in the NSCAA rankings. Last year's appearance in the NCAA tournament marked the 11th time the Cornhuskers made the tournament since the program was established in 1994. Nebraska is coached by John Walker, who is entering his 21st year with the time. Walker has compiled a career record of 282-124-25.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. KANSAS
Like the Nebraska series, the Mustangs are also 1-1 all-time against Kansas. In their most recent matchup, SMU fell to Kansas 1-0 in 2008. The initial meeting between the two schools happened in 2007, when the Mustangs notched a 2-0 victory over the Jayhawks.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas returns nine starters from a team that went 7-11-2 and finished eighth in the Big 12 last year. The Jayhawks won their only conference championship in 2004 and have made five NCAA tournament appearances. Kansas is coached by Mark Francis who is entering his 19th year as a head coach and his 16th year at Kansas. Before facing off against the Mustangs on Sunday, the Jayhawks will play host to Wyoming on Friday in their season opener.
SMU TIES OKLAHOMA STATE 2-2 IN EXHIBITION (Aug. 16)
The SMU women's soccer team hosted its final tune-up before the regular season on Saturday as they tied Oklahoma State 2-2 in an exhibition match at Westcott Field. The game, originally slated for a 7 p.m. start, began at 8 p.m. due to inclement weather in the area.
Oklahoma State carried a 1-0 lead into halftime after midfielder Madison Mercado capitalized on a breakaway in the 17th minute. Cowgirl midfielder Allie Stephenson then put Oklahoma State up 2-0 early in the second half.
SMU's Kelsey Gorney put the Mustangs on the board with a second half goal. Freshman Vanessa Valadez and senior Rikki Clarke assisted on the goal. Freshman Claire Oates then found the back of the net in her first match for SMU to even the score at 2-2.
MUSTANGS PICKED TO FINISH 5TH IN AAC
The American Athletic Conference announced the 2014 women's preseason poll and honors on Monday. The SMU women's soccer team was selected to finish fifth. The Mustangs finished eighth in the AAC in 2013 with a 3-5-1 conference record.
Reigning conference champion UCF was picked to finish first with nine first place votes. UConn, who received the only other first place vote, was selected as the runner-up.
UCF sophomore Lena Petermann and UConn sophomore Rachel Hill were named Co-Preseason Offensive Players of the Year, while Diamond Simpson of Memphis was tabbed as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. UConn sophomore Emily Armstrong was named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
BARG, CLARKE, REDMAN EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Shelby Redman was named to the Preseason All-AAC, the conference announced on Monday.
Redman, a senior, was named to the preseason all-conference team as a forward. The Austin, Texas, native was named Second Team All-AAC in 2013 after leading the Mustangs in goals with eight.
Taylor Barg, Rikki Clarke, and Redman also received preseason accolades from College Sports Madness, the website announced last week. Barg was named to the first team, while Clarke and Redman were given second team honors.
SMU welcomes eight freshmen and one transfer to this year's squad. The freshman class, one that Petrucelli has been working on since he first stepped foot on the Hilltop, has the head coach optimistic for this season.
"The team will be different this year," said Petrucelli. "We have a lot of young players. We will be faster, more athletic, more physical, and hopefully that leads to more wins."
In addition to the freshmen, sophomore Paige Jacobs transferred to SMU from Oklahoma. Jacobs was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer team as a freshman.
Two freshmen, Claire Oates and Vanessa Valadez, tallied points in SMU's exhibition match against Oklahoma State. Oates scored a second half goal, while Valadez recorded an assist on Kelsey Gorney's goal.
SMU will have its home oepener Friday, Aug. 29 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. CT at Westcott Field. The Mustangs will then play host to Missouri on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. CT.
THE 350 CLUB
Last season, SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli earned his 350th career win when the Mustangs topped ULM 6-1 in the season opener. Petrucelli became just the 16th coach in NCAA women's soccer history to total 350 wins.
200 WINS AT HOME
In 2013, the Mustangs' victory over Sam Houston State on Sept. 16 gave the program its 200th home win. SMU is 202-55-18 (.767) all-time at home. SMU has only had one season with a losing record at home since the program's inception, and has gone undefeated four times - 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2012.