Junior Gabrielle Petrucelli
|SMU (0-2-0, 0-0-0 AAC) vs Texas Southern (0-2-0, 0-0-0 SWAC)|
|Date & Start Time||Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT|
|Live Stream||PonyUp TV|
|SMU (0-2-0, 0-0-0 AAC) vs Missouri (0-1-1, 0-0-0 SEC)|
|Date & Start Time||Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. CT|
|Live Stream||PonyUp TV|
|Game Notes||Match Notes (.pdf)|
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DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team will host its first two home matches of the season at Westcott Field this weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, the Mustangs take on Texas Southern at & 7 p.m. CT for the first time in school history. On Sunday, Aug. 31, SMU faces off against the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. CT.
The Mustangs enter the weekend 0-2-0 after opening the season with two tough non-conference matches against No. 13 Nebraska and Kansas.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN
Friday night's match will be the first all-time meeting between SMU and Texas Southern.
ABOUT THE LADY TIGERS
Texas Southern is entering its second year of women's soccer. Last year, in its inaugural season, Texas Southern went 3-12-0, notching wins over Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Lady Tigers have started their season 0-2-0, with losses to North Texas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Texas Southern is coached by Kathryn Saunders, who is entering her first season as the Lady Tigers' head coach.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. MISSOURI
SMU will face off against Missouri for the first time in program history on Sunday night.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Missouri returns eight starters to a team that went 8-9-3 a year ago. The Tigers compiled a 4-4-3 conference record, good for ninth in the highly-competitive Southereastern Conference. Mizzou kicked off its season last weekend at the Penn State Invitational. In its opening match, Missouri battled Syracuse to a 0-0 tie in double overtime. The Tigers then dropped a tough 3-2 decision to tenth-ranked West Virginia in their second match.
Missouri is coached by Bryan Blitz, who is entering his 19th season with the Tigers.
SMU FALLS AT KANSAS, 3-0 (Aug. 24)
The SMU women's soccer team suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan. Despite the three-goal margin, the game was a hard-fought battle.
"I thought the game was pretty even in the first half," said SMU head coach Chris Petrucelli. "We had our chances."
On a sweltering 100-degree day, the Mustangs and the Jayhawks went back and forth for the first 30 minutes match.
Kansas (2-0-0) then went ahead, 1-0, when Eli Mayr tallied a goal in the 31st minute. The Jayhawks carried the 1-0 lead into halftime.
SMU (0-2-0) had a few scoring opportunities in the first half, but could not find the back of the net.
In the 27th minute, a free kick from sophomore defender Taylor Barg narrowly missed the frame. In the 41st minute, freshman forward Lauren Guerra's corner kick found the foot of sophomore midfielder Paige Jacobs, but Jacobs' shot went wide left.
In the second half, the Mustangs continued to put pressure on the Kansas defense. SMU fired five shots and earned seven corner kicks in the half, but were unable to capitalize on any of these chances.
The Mustangs were dealt a crucial blow in the 58th minute when starting goalkeeper Shannon Moroney left with an injury. With Lauryn Bodden also sidelined with an injury, junior Lissi Lonsberry went in net for the remainder of the game.
"Being without your starting goalkeeper obviously affects the game," said Petrucelli. "But the team certainly fought hard."
With Lonsberry in net, the Jayhawks added to their lead, thanks to a goal from Ali Kimura in the 71st minute.
The best chance for the Mustangs came in the 84th minute, when they were able to earn a penalty kick. Senior defender Olivia Elliott took the kick for the Mustangs, but her attempt was saved by Kansas goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud.
Liana Salazaar extended the Kansas lead to three with a goal in the 90th minute.
Lonsberry and Moroney combined for three saves. Senior forward Shelby Redman led the Mustangs in shots with three, while sophomore midfielder Kelsey Gorney registered two shots on goal. Olivia Elliott, Taylor Jackson and Claire Oates all played the full 90 minutes for SMU.
SMU FALLS ON THE ROAD TO No. 13 NEBRASKA (Aug. 22)
The SMU women's soccer team dropped its opening match of the 2014 season to the 13th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-0, at the Nebraska Soccer Field in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday night.
The Mustangs got off to a slow start as the Cornhuskers led 3-0 in the 33rd minute. Nebraska outshot SMU, 10-1, in the first half.
"We went down early and that made it difficult for us," said head coach Chris Petrucelli. "We got off to a slow start, and against a quality team like Nebraska, you can't get off to a slow start."
Midfielder Caroline Gray put the Huskers on the board in the 13th minute and then midfielder Caroline Flynn followed with a long-distance strike that found the top corner of the net in the 22nd minute. Nebraska pushed its first half lead to three with a goal from forward Jaycie Johnson in the 32nd minute.
In the first half, SMU could not muster any offense.
Junior midfielder Lissi Lonsberry tallied the only shot for SMU in the opening half. Lonsberry's strike was headed for the lower left corner of the goal, but Nebraska keeper Kelly Schatz made a diving save.
The Mustangs were able to provide more offense in the second half, as they had four corner kicks and four shots on goal. SMU's best chance came in the 85th minute when a header from sophomore defender Taylor Jackson nearly found the back of the net, but, once again, Schatz made a diving save.
Junior goalkeeper Shannon Moroney played the full 90 minutes in net, totaling five saves.
"Moroney was solid and made a couple of nice saves," said Petrucelli. "Overall, I thought she played well."
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 Team, 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 stay on the Hilltop for another pair of non-conference matches next weekend. On Friday, Sept. 5, the Mustangs will host Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. CT. SMU will then take on UTSA on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. CT.