Women's Soccer

Mustangs Return Home For Battle Against Oklahoma

Go smu! SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden recorded a career-high six saves in Friday's loss at Baylor.
Go smu!
SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden recorded a career-high six saves in Friday's loss at Baylor.
Go smu!

Sept. 15, 2012

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The Last Meeting
August 28, 2011
Norman, Okla.
Mustangs Derail Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) - It took some time, but the SMU women's soccer team (3-1-0) grinded out a hard-fought 1-0 victory tonight over Oklahoma (1-3-0) at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.

Oklahoma Sooners (4-3-2) at SMU Mustangs (3-4-0)
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 | Westcott Field | 7 p.m. CT

SMU is 4-2-1 all-time against Oklahoma, including a 1-0 road win last season in Norman, Okla. The Mustangs are 2-1 at home against the Sooners, with the only loss coming in overtime on Sept. 14, 2003. The two schools played every year between 1999-2004. The Sept. 16, 1999 meeting was the first between the schools.

Up until this season, the Sooners were led by SMU Assistant Coach Nicole Nelson. Nelson won Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year honors as a Sooner in 2010.

Oklahoma is currently 4-3-2 on the season, including a 1-0 home win against then-No.3 Oklahoma State on Sept. 7. More recently, Oklahoma salvaged a 1-1 tie at Rice on Friday. Sooners senior goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire was named the Big 12 Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her strong performance against OSU (a six-save shutout). Devonshire collected eight saves against Rice on Friday.

Shelby Redman scored late in the second half for the second-straight game, this time to send SMU into OT at Baylor. Redman received a cross from Courtney Smith, and found paydirt at the 87:17 mark for her third of the season.
• Speaking of Smith, the junior came into the game ranked 22nd in the nation in assists per game, and certainly did not hurt her ranking, tallying her fifth of the season.
• Only three Mustangs (Gabrielle Petrucelli, Lissi Lonsberry, and Sara Watson) came off the bench against Baylor.
Lauryn Bodden made a career-high six saves in the defeat.

All tickets for Sunday's home contest against Oklahoma are just $1. Students, faculty, and staff can get in for free. Tickets are normally $3 so fans are encouraged to take advantage of this even-more affordable opportunity to support their Mustangs.

HEARTBREAKERS SMU's 2OT loss to Baylor on Friday marks the second time this season that the Mustangs have nearly pulled out at least a tie in a tough road environment. The Mustangs also lost in the closing minutes of the 2OT against No. 15 San Diego State in the season-opener. Going into Friday, Baylor was receiving votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I rankings.

helby 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 on Friday night.

SMU drops to 3-4-0 heading into what will be its first home contest in three weeks on Sunday against Oklahoma.

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 (7-1-1).

"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.

SMU will take on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CT at Westcott Field on Sunday. The Mustangs are 4-2-1 all-time against the Sooners, and will aim to improve that record. Tickets are available by calling 214-SMU-GAME or by visiting www.smumustangs.com/tickets.



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