Courtney Smith, currently tied for first in the C-USA in assists, hopes to help produce more goals for SMU this weekend in Austin.
Aug. 29, 2012
New Mexico Lobos (0-3-1) vs. SMU Mustangs (2-1-0)
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 | Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field | 5 p.m. CT
SMU ALL-TIME VS. NEW MEXICO
SMU holds an all-time record of 4-0 against New Mexico heading into Friday's contest. The last meeting between the two schools was Sept. 12, 2010, a 1-0 Mustangs victory. Current Mustangs Jessica Bartol, Ryanne Lewis, Kenzie Scovill, Mallory Baum, and Courtney Smith all started in that contest, while Shelby Hartweck and Taylor Robinson each saw action off the bench.
ABOUT THE LOBOS
New Mexico is 0-3-1 to start the season. The Lobos tied TCU at home to start the year, but then lost three-straight away from home, all in shutouts. New Mexico's lone goal for the season came off the foot of junior Liz Nare. It was Nare's first collegiate goal.
MUSTANGS ALL-TIME VS. MOUNTAIN WEST OPPONENTS
The Mustangs are 26-4-1 all-time against current members of the Mountain West, including a 1-0 double-OT defeat to San Diego State on Aug. 17.
SMU IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS
SMU is 8-6-0 in regular season tournaments since 2000. The Mustangs will be making their first appearance in a regular season tournament since Sept. 11-13, 2009, at the Saint Mary's Invitational. SMU went 0-2, losing to Saint Mary's (2-3) and No. 16 California (2-4).
SCOVILL NAMED CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK IN
Senior Kenzie Scovill's stellar weekend performances against Oral Roberts and Arkansas weren't ignored, as she was honored with Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, the Conference USA announced on Monday.
Scovill scored three times and added an assist during SMU's two games this week. Against Oral Roberts on Friday, Scovill scored the second and eventual game-winning goal in SMU's 2-1 home-opening win.
The senior starred even brighter in Sunday's dominant 4-0 SMU win over previously-unbeaten Arkansas. Scovill scored the first two goals for the Mustangs and also assisted on the third.
Last season, Scovill led the Mustangs in scoring with five goals. With three in the first three games, she could match that total by the end of this coming weekend, when SMU heads down to Austin for the Longhorn Invitational.
"The offense is looking to go through me," Scovill said after the Arkansas match. "I'm the one connecting.
"It's my senior year. It's time to go. I want the goals."
Scovill looks to continue her high-scoring ways as the season goes along, with some help from defender Courtney Smith. The pair has quickly found a chemistry to start the year.
"We've just got that timing down," Scovill said. "When she's got it on her left foot, I know where it's coming and I'm running in and she's looking for me. We're just getting connected and getting together."
The last Mustang to earn a Conference Player of the Week award was Kaitlyn Eidson, who earned defensive honors the week of Sept. 26, 2011.
The win brings SMU to 2-1-0 on the season, and also avenged the Mustangs of their loss to the Razorbacks one season ago, when Arkansas won 2-1 in Fayetteville, Ark.
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.