Aug 27, 2013
Game Notes - SMU
SETTING THE SCENE
The Mustangs are 1-1 after the opening weekend of the season. SMU dominated ULM 6-1 in its season opener at Westcott Field, getting goals from five different players. The win gave Head Coach Chris Petrucelli his 350th, becoming just the 16th coach in college soccer history to reach that plateau. The team then traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., losing to Arkansas 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon. Shelby Redman already has three goals, and three Mustangs (Courtney Smith, Taylor Barg and Rikki Clarke) are all tied for the American lead in assists with two. SMU will host both Colorado State and Baylor this Friday and Sunday. Friday's match time is set for noon, seven hours before the kickoff of SMU's first football game of the season. The Baylor game will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. CSU
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. The Mustangs are currently 1-0 against first-time opponents in 2013 after defeating ULM on Aug. 23.
ABOUT THE RAMS
CSU's soccer program is in its inaugural season. CSU hired veteran coach Bill Hempen in February. Hempen ranks 17th all-time in NCAA Division I history for wins with 277 and led Duke to the 1992 national title game. The Rams won their first regular season game in program history, defeating Lubbock Christian 3-0 on Friday. SMU then played at No. 24 Texas Tech, losing 6-0.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. BAYLOR
SMU holds a 9-2 series edge over Baylor, but the Bears got the best of the Mustangs lsat season, winning 2-1 in Waco on Sept. 14. SMU won six-straight in the series from 1999-2005, and won the first three meetings (1986-87, 1997) by a combined score of 12-1.
ABOUT THE BEARS
Baylor is 2-0 to start 2013 after beating both UTSA and Northwestern State 5-0 last weekend. The Bears will visit No. 23 Washington on Friday before coming to the Hilltop. Baylor is currently 11th and is No. 1 in the NSCAA Central Region rankings. Baylor advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2012 NCAA Championships before falling to North Carolina in PKs. Ashley York is currently pacing the Bears with three goals and seven points through the team's first two games.
LAST MEETING: SMU LOSES TO BAYLOR 2-1 IN 20Ts (Sept. 14, 2012)
Shelby Redman tried to play the hero role for the second-straight game, but this time SMU could not come away with the victory, losing to Baylor 2-1 at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field in Waco, Texas.
Redman's goal was set up after a corner kick by Courtney Smith. Smith sent a cross into the box and found Redman, who snuck the ball inside the post. Baylor had been outshooting SMU by a large margin in the second frame, but momentum quickly went to the Mustangs after more heroics from Redman.
"I think she's just gaining confidence," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said.
Confidence was instilled into the rest of the team, and the Mustangs feel as though they should have managed a tie against the Bears.
"It's disappointing," Petrucelli said. "We could have come out with at least a tie. We had momentum. We were in it and just let down there at the end."
Baylor provided many more scoring opportunities throughout the game, including outshooting SMU 17-2 after the first half. The Bears couldn't find the back of the net until the 61st minute, when Vic Hoffman netted one from 24-yards out off her left foot.
Redman's goal boosted SMU, but Baylor kept piling on shots, and a pretty collection of passes set up a goal by Hanna Gilmore in the 107th minute to seal the win for the Bears.
Smith ranked 22nd in the nation in assists per game heading into the contest, and tallied her fifth of the year on Redman's goal. SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden collected a career-high six saves.
THE 350 CLUB
SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli earned his 350th career win the Mustangs' 6-1 victory over ULM at Westcott Field on Friday night. Petrucelli became just the 16th coach in NCAA women's soccer history to total 350 wins. He also ranks ninth among Division I coaches all-time. His career record is now 350-119-40 (.727), including a 198-32-16 (.841) record in home games.
LOOKING FOR #200; WINNING AT WESTCOTT
The Mustangs are currently sitting at 197 total home wins since the program began in 1986. The earliest that the Mustangs could reach 200 would be Sept. 12 when SMU hosts TCU. SMU is 197-52-17 (.773) on the Hilltop, including an undefeated 5-0-2 mark in 2012. SMU has not been beaten at home since falling in overtime to East Carolina on Oct. 16, 2011, a span of eight games (6-0-2).
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.
Rikki 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.
Shelby 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.
Courtney 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.
Taylor Barg (Fr. | MF)
Recorded two assists vs. ULM (8/23), tying her for the lead in that category in the American after the opening weekend.
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Clarke opened with a goal and two assists at home against ULM (8/23); her two assists are currently tied for most in the American... HONORS: Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
Briana Gaines (Jr. | F)
Scored one goal and took four shots against ULM (8/23).
Taylor Jackson (Fr. | D)
Scored her first-career goal against ULM (8/23).
Bari Kesner (Fr. | F)
Recorded her first collegiate point with an assist against ULM (8/23).
Rachael Larson (Jr. | D)
Scored the game-tying goal against Arkansas (8/25), making the score 2-2 and sending the match into overtime.
Shelby Redman (RS Jr. | F)
Redman scored twice against ULM (8/23) and once at Arkansas (8/25), giving her a league-leading three goals after two games; Redman now has 14 goals in her career, tying her for 24th all-time at SMU.. Redman ranks 15th all-time at SMU in shots per game with 2.45 and is 19th with 115 shots... Tied for the team lead in 2012 in goals with 9... HONORS: American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (8/26), Preaseason All-Conference (American Athletic Conference coaches' poll), Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith tallied two assists at Arkansas (8/25), tying her for the lead in the American after the opening weekend and moving her to T-16th all-time at SMU with 19 for her career; needs just three helpers to move into the top-10 all-time... 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... HONORS: Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).