SETTING THE SCENE
SMU improved to 5-3-0 after defeating Sam Houston State 4-0 on Sept. 16. The shutout was the team's fourth of the season, equaling their total from the entire 2012 season. The Mustangs were set to host DePaul on Thursday night, but had to cancel the match after just 20 minutes of action due to severe weather. SMU ranks 25th in the NCAA and first in the American Athletic Conference in scoring offense, averaging 2.63 goals per contest. The Mustangs will play their first-ever match against an American Athletic Conference foe on Thursday against UConn.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. UCONN
The Mustangs have only played the Huskies once, losing 4-0 in Amherst, Mass., on Sept. 6, 1996. It was SMU's second game under head coach Greg Ryan, and the team was on its way to an 11-6-4 record.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
UConn is 6-4-0 on the season, most recently playing a tight match against No. 10 Georgetown on Sunday. The two teams were tied until the final five minutes, when Georgetown tallied the game-winning goal. Prior to that match, UConn had won six-of-seven matches after starting the 2013 season 0-2. The Huskies also lost to No. 2 Stanford 1-0 on Aug. 25, despite outshooting the Cardinal 17-12. Rachel Hill leads UConn with five goals and 12 points.
MUSTANGS' MARQUEE ENTRANCES
SMU has never lost in its first interconference game when entering a new conference. SMU won its first match as a Southwest Conference member (3-0 at Texas, Sept. 20, 1995), a WAC member (2-0 at Wyoming, Oct. 11, 1996) and in Conference USA (2-1 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 2, 2005).
SMU ALL-TIME VS. TEMPLE
This match marks the first meeting between the two programs. SMU will play a total
of six teams for the first time this season - Colorado State, 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 OWLS
Temple won its first four matches of the season, all on the road, but has gone just 1-3-1 since. Most recently, Temple fell to Delaware at home 2-1 on Sunday. The Owls will host Houston on Thursday at 4 p.m. before SMU gets to Philadelphia. Ingrid Mello leads the Owls with three goals and nine points. Temple is in its first season with Seamus O'Connor as head coach.
The Mustangs will return to the Hilltop for a two-game homestand starting Oct. 3 as SMU hosts Louisville at 7 p.m. SMU will meet Cincinnati on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. SMU is 4-1-0 at home this season. The Ponies will then travel to Memphis (Oct. 10) and Rutgers (Oct. 13).
PILING UP GOALS ON THE HILLTOP
SMU ranks first in the American and 21st nationally in goals per game with 2.63. The attack is led by junior Shelby Redman, who is 47th in the NCAA in goals (6), tying her for fourth in the American. Freshman Kelsey Gorney has added four goals, tying her for 10th in the NCAA and 146th nationally.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
SMU also ranks first in the American in assists with 23, which calculates to 2.88 per game, good for first in the American and 11th in the NCAA. Courtney Smith, who is now eighth on SMU's all-time assists list, is eighth in the NCAA with eight helpers (first in the American), while Taylor Barg has five (second in the American, 28th in the NCAA) and Rikki Clarke has four (tied for fourth in the American, 63rd in the NCAA). SMU is on pace to reach 55 assists on the season (counting minimum one game played in the conference tournament), which would be the fourth highest total in program history.
NO GOALS FOR YOU!
SMU has recorded four shutouts in its first eight games of the season, equaling the team's total from all of 2012. This also marks the first time since 1997 that SMU has shutout four of its first eight opponents. That year, SMU went on to a 17-5-1 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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.
LOOKING FOR #200 AT HOME
The Mustangs' win against Sam Houston State (9/16) was the program's 200th home win. SMU is 200-53-17 (.772) all-time at home, and have only lost once in Dallas since Oct. 16, 2011, compiling a 9-1-2 record during that span.
THE BIGGEST THING IN TEXAS
SMU holds an all-time record of 118-25-11 (.802) against teams from the state of Texas, holding a winning mark against all 15 teams the program has played. SMU is 2-1 against Texas teams this season, losing to Baylor (9/1) and beating TCU (9/12) and Sam Houston State (9/16). SMU will also play Houston on Oct. 18.
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 five 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 four goals this season, including two game-winners, tying her for fifth in the American... She is tied for 10th in the league in goals.
Taylor Jackson (Fr. | D)
Leads SMU in minutes played with 681... Has two goals this season, including the game-winner in SMU's 4-0 victory over Colorado State (8/30).
Bari Kesner (Fr. | F)
Scored her first-career goal against Sam Houston State (9/16)... 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.
Shelby Redman (RS Jr. | F)
Scored the game-winning goal against TCU (9/12)... Redman has six goals on the year, tying her for fourth in the American and 47th in the NCAA... Redman now has 17 goals in her career, tying her for 19th all-time at SMU... Redman ranks 11th all-time at SMU in shots per game with 2.60 and is 15th with 138 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 Shelby Redman 17 2010-Present
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith has seven assists, including two against both Arkansas (8/25) and Sam Houston State (9/16), giving her the league lead and ranking her eighth in the NCAA; she is also tied for eighth all-time at SMU and tied for seventh among all active NCAA players in career assists... Scored her first goal since Nov. 2, 2011 against TCU (9/12)... Ranks second on the team in minuets with 644... 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 Courtney Smith 24 2010-Present
10. Danielle Brosseau 23 1994-97
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