Women's Soccer

Mustangs Prepare For Conference Opener At Houston

Go smu! Sophomore midfielder Rikki Clarke is currently tied for seventh in the C-USA in assists.
Go smu!
Sophomore midfielder Rikki Clarke is currently tied for seventh in the C-USA in assists.
Go smu!

Sept. 19, 2012

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The Last Meeting
October 2, 2011
Westcott Field
SMU Downs Houston, 1-0
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team notched its fifth shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over in-state rival Houston this afternoon at Westcott Field. The Mustangs move to 7-5-0 on the season, 3-1-0 in Conference USA, while Houston drops to 4-8-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the conference.

Houston Cougars (4-4) at SMU Mustangs (4-4)
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 | Robertson Stadium | 7 p.m. CT

SMU is 10-1-1 all-time against Houston, including a 1-0 home win last year at Westcott Field. Kenzie Scovill scored the lone goal in that contest. The two schools have met 12 of the last 13 years, with 2002 being the only exception.

Entering Friday, Houston is 4-4 on the season. Houston defeated UTSA in its last non-conference game on Sunday, 2-1. The Cougars received a second half goal from Alexis Weaver to clinch the victory. Jasmine Martinez, a junior from Whittier, Calif., leads the team in scoring with eight points (4g). Houston's head coach is Chris Pfau (pronounced Fow), who is in his first season at the helm of the Cougars. Pfau spent his last three seasons leading the Akron Zips to three-straight MAC Tournaments.

Shelby Redman continued her strong play this season with one goal and one assist against Oklahoma. Redman now leads SMU in points, and ranks in the top-100 in the nation in points-per-game (1.38).
Lauryn Bodden recorded her second shutout of the season, and her second-consecutive six-save game, tying a career-high.
Olivia Elliott led SMU with four shots, including three on goal. Elliott now is tied for third on the team in points, as well, with five.
Lauryn Bodden made a career-high six saves in the defeat.

SMU is 105-23-10 all-time against schools from Texas. The Mustangs are 1-1 this season, with a win at TCU and a loss at Baylor. SMU is undefeated against eight schools (Houston Baptist, St. Mary's (TX), Sam Houston State, Southwest Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas Tech, UTSA)

Sophomore Shelby Redman added a goal and an assist to her season totals on Sunday against Oklahoma. She has now scored in three-straight games, and leads the Mustangs with 11 points (4g, 3a). Redman is third in the C-USA in points (11), tied for fifth in goals (4) and fifth in shots (25). Redman also ranks in the top-100 nationally in points-per-game with 1.38 (92nd).

Player To Watch: Olivia Elliott
Olivia Elliott, a sophomore forward and Dallas native, was arguably the Mustangs' most aggressive player in the team's dominant 3-0 victory over Oklahoma. Elliott led the team in shots (4) and scored her second goal of the season at the 20:23 mark in the first half.

SMU got three goals from three different players in a dominant 3-0 home win against Oklahoma on Sunday night at Westcott Field.

The Mustangs improve to 4-4 on the season and 3-0 at home. SMU has outscored its opponents 9-1 at Westcott this season, and have won 10 of its last 12 at Westcott dating back to the beginning of last season.

Shelby Redman continued her red-hot play as of late when she opened the scoring with a goal at the 10:15 mark in the first half. She found the ball along the left side off a feed from Kenzie Scovill and fired the ball just inside the left post. The Mustangs dominated the first half, including a goal 10 minutes later from Olivia Elliott off of a free kick opportunity.

Head Coach Chris Petrucelli has known his team was capable of generating scoring chances since before the season, and believes the offense is really getting to where he wants it now.

"They were good, especially in the first half," Petrucelli said of his offensive side. "They were slipping into seams and getting in between people.

"I felt in the beginning of the season that we had a number of different players that could score goals and it's starting to show."



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