Sept. 14, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
The Mustangs are 4-3 after defeating TCU 2-0 on Thursday night. SMU is now 27-0-2 all-time against the Horned Frogs. The Mustangs will host two more contests before heading east for their first matches against league opponents as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The three-game homestand marks SMU's first since Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2011. SMU went 2-1 over that stretch, beating Southern Miss and Houston.
LOOKING FOR #200 AT HOME
The Mustangs are currently sitting at 199 total home wins since the program began in 1986. The Mustangs could reach the double-century mark on Monday against Sam Houston State. SMU is 199-53-17 (.771) on the Hilltop.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE
The Mustangs are 4-0 all-time against Sam Houston State, with the last meeting coming in 2007. SMU took a 4-0 victory at Westcott Field on Sept. 28, 2007. SMU has outscored the Bearkats 26-3 over the four meetings.
ABOUT THE BEARKATS
Sam Houston State is 2-2-1 on the season, most recently falling to Texas State 2-1 on Friday. The Bearkats' last win came against Prairie View A&M on Sunday, a 3-0 result. The Bearkats return six starters from a team that went 7-11-1 (4-3-1), good for fifth place in the Southland. Mariah Titus leads the Bearkats with three goals this season.
LAST MEETING: SMU BEATS SAM HOUSTON STATE, 4-0 (Sept. 28, 2007)
Sophomore forward Kim Peabody scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the SMU women's soccer team to a 4-0 win over Sam Houston State at Westcott Field.
With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 4-2-1 on the season. The Bearkats slipped to 2-5-0.
The Mustangs took the lead in the 18th minute when senior midfielder Kimber Bailey dribbled into the penalty box and tapped a short pass to Peabody, who knocked the ball in from about four yards out.
Peabody extended the SMU lead in the 37th minute from even closer range. Freshman forward Lauren Shepherd lifted a long free kick from 40 yards toward the far (right) post, where Peabody tapped it in from a yard out.
In the 41st minute, the Ponies scored on another set piece when sophomore midfielder Jennifer Raad lifted a free kick into the middle of the penalty box, where junior defender Carley Phillips rose above the SHSU defense to head in her first goal of the season, and the eighth of her career. Freshman forward Kristin Medeiros finished off the scoring in the 53rd minute when she collected a pass from Peabody and slipped it just inside the left goalpost.
The Mustangs were as dominant defensively as they were on the offensive end, allowing just three shots all night, and only one shot on goal. SMU also didn't allow a single corner kick all night.
THE BIGGEST THING IN TEXAS
SMU holds an all-time record of 117-25-11 (.801) against teams from the state of Texas, holding a winning mark against all 15 teams the program has played. SMU is 1-1 against Texas teams this season, losing to Baylor (9/1) and beating TCU (9/12). SMU still plays Sam Houston State (9/16) and Houston (10/18) this season.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. DEPAUL
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. SMU is 2-1 this season against first-time opponents, beating ULM (8/23) and Colorado State (8/30).
ABOUT THE BLUE DEMONS
DePaul is 4-1-1, going undefeated in its last five contests. The Blue Demons tied Green Bay on Wednesday after winning four straight matches. DePaul will have a home match against Colgate on Sunday before traveling to the Hilltop. DePaul returns nine starters from a squad that went 9-10-2 (3-6-1) in 2012, good for fifth in the National division of the Big East. Elise Wyatt leads DePaul with nine points (4g, 1a).
SMU will have a week between games, as it will head to UConn for the program's first league game as a member of the American Athletic Conference on Sept. 26. The Mustangs will then play at Temple on Sept. 29 before returning home to host Louisville on Oct. 3.
DEPTH OF ATTACK/SCORING IN BUNCHES
SMU ranks first in the American and 49th nationally in scoring, receiving markers from nine different players. The Mustangs scored 12 goals in their first three games, the most in an opening three-game span since 2003. SMU defeated ULM 6-1 on Aug. 23, giving the program its highest single-game goal total since beating Houston 6-1 on Oct. 10, 2004. Shelby Redman leads SMU with five goals, tying her for first in the American and 26th in the NCAA.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
SMU also ranks first in the American in assists with 19 and 21st in the NCAA in assists per game (2.71). Courtney Smith holds the league lead with five assists, putting her 10th in the NCAA. Smith now has 22 career assists, tying her for 10th in SMU history. She is also ranked 10th among active players in the NCAA for career assists. Taylor Barg is tied for first among freshman in the NCAA in helpers with four, ranking her 18th overall.
THE 350 CLUB
SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli earned his 350th career win the Mustangs' 6-1 victory over ULM at Westcott Field on Aug. 23. 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.
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.
Taylor Barg (Fr. | MF)
Scored her first-career goal at Davidson (Sept. 6)... Had two assists vs. Colorado State (8/30); now has four on the season, which ranks her second the American...Recorded two assists vs. ULM (8/23).
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Clarke opened with a goal and two assists at home against ULM (8/23)... HONORS: Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
Daphne de Leener (So. | F)
Scored her first career goal vs. Colorado State (8/30).
Briana Gaines (Jr. | F)
Has one goal (vs. ULM, 8/23) and one assist (vs. Colorado State, 8/30).
Kelsey Gorney (Fr. | F)
Has three goals this season, scoring against ULM (Aug. 23), Colorado State (Aug. 30) and Davidson (Sept. 6)... She is tied for fifth in the league in goals.
Taylor Jackson (Fr. | D)
Leads SMU in minutes played with 591... Has two goals this season, including the game-winner in SMU's 4-0 victory over Colorado State (8/30).
Bari Kesner (Fr. | F)
Recorded her first collegiate point with an assist against ULM (8/23)... Has two assists on the season, tying her for ninth in the league.
Rachael Larson (Jr. | D)
Made her first start of the season against TCU (9/12)... Scored the game-tying goal against Arkansas (8/25), making the score 2-2 and sending the match into overtime.
Gabrielle Petrucelli (So. | MF)
Notched her first career goal vs. Colorado State (8/30).
Shelby Redman (RS Jr. | F)
Scored the game-winning goal against TCU (9/12)... Redman has five goals on the year, tying her for first in the American and 26th in the NCAA... Redman now has 16 goals in her career, tying her for 20th all-time at SMU... Redman ranks 14th all-time at SMU in shots per game with 2.5 and is 15th with 127 shots... She 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).
SMU All-Time Goals Leaders
15. Kenzie Scovill 22 2009-12
16. Marci Miller 21 1996-97
17. Kristi Anderson 19 1986-89
18. Laura Snyder 18 1996-99
19. Krystal Bailey 17 2004-07
20. Ryanne Bumps 16 1992-95
Shelby Redman 16 2010-Present
SMU All-Time Shots Leaders (Min. 10 Games)
10. Lisa Perry 193 1989-92
11. Olivia O'Rear 191 2003-06
12. Kathy Patterson 163 1986-89
13. Kenzie Scovill 152 2009-12
14. Laura Snyder 145 1996-99
15. Shelby Redman 130 2010-Present
SMU All-Time Shots Per Game Leaders (Min. 10 Games)
9. Kimber Bailey 2.71 2004-07
10. Sheryl Jutras 2.67 1986
11. Lisa Perry 2.57 1989-92
12. Jill Heinemann 2.55 2001-04
13. Tara Comfort 2.55 1998-02
14. Shelby Redman 2.50 2010-Present
15. Kathy Patterson 2.47 1986-89
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith has five assists, including two at Arkansas (8/25), giving her the league lead and ranking her 10th in the NCAA; she is also tied for 10th all-time at SMU and tied for 10th among all active NCAA players in career assists... Scored her first goal since Nov. 2, 2011 against TCU (9/12)... 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).
SMU All-Time Assists Leaders:
1. Lisa Cole 42 1987-90
2. Kathy Patterson 35 1986-89
3. Melissa Kittner 34 1992-95
Courtney Linex 34 1992-95
5. Jill Heinemann 27 2001-04
6. Olivia O'Rear 26 2003-06
7. Ryanne Bumps 25 1992-95
8. Danielle Garrett 24 1994-95
9. Danielle Brosseau 23 1994-97
10. Tara Comfort 22 1998-02
Kim Harvey 22 2000-03
Courtney Smith 22 2010-Present