Mustangs To Take On UTEP At Westcott On Friday

Go smu! Junior defender Courtney Smith currently ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game.
Go smu!
Junior defender Courtney Smith currently ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game.
Go smu!

Sept. 26, 2012

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The Last Meeting
October 23, 2011
El Paso, Texas
SMU Tops UTEP 2-1 On The Road
EL PASO, Texas (SMU) - Freshman Briana Gaines led the charge in the second half as the SMU women's soccer team rallied from behind to pick up a crucial 2-1 victory over UTEP at University Field. With the win, the Mustangs move to 10-7-1 on the year, and 6-3-1 in Conference USA , while the Miners drop to 10-6-3 overall and 4-4-2 in conference play.

UTEP Miners (7-4-0, 0-2-0 C-USA) at SMU Mustangs (4-5-1, 0-0-1 C-USA)
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 | Westcott Field | Dallas, Texas | 7 p.m. CT

SMU is 15-3 all-time against UTEP, and has won the last two meetings. Briana Gaines scored twice in the second half in last year's meeting to give SMU a 2-1 win in El Paso. Jessica Bartol (two assists), Olivia Elliott (1 assist) and Courtney Smith (1 assist) have all tallied points against UTEP in their careers. SMU and UTEP first met in 1996, and have played every year since.

The Miners currently boast a record of 7-4-2 overall, but are 0-2-0 in Conference USA play thus far. The Miners lost their first two C-USA games last weekend. UTEP got beaten at East Carolina, 1-0, and at Marshall, 4-1. UTEP is led on offense by senior midfielder Tess Hall, who currently has 16 points (5g, 6a). Hall shared C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors with SMU's Kenzie Scovill on Aug. 27.

Kenzie Scovill scored her fifth and sixth goals of 2012, giving her a team-leading 14 points. Scovill is tied for third in goals in the C-USA and is T-5 in points.
• Sophomore Rikki Clarke scored her first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 in the 51st minute on Friday at Houston.
Courtney Smith picked up an assist in both games this weekend, giving her seven on the season, which is most in the C-USA. She also ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game.
• Freshman Lissi Lonsberry picked up her first-career assist on Sunday, and now has three points on the year.

SMU is 105-24-11 all-time against schools from Texas. The Mustangs are just 1-2-1 this season, however, with a win at TCU, losses at Baylor and Rice, and a tie at Houston. 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)

SMU Women's Soccer wants to invite all local youth sports teams to its game this Friday night for FREE. Have your child wear their soccer, football, volleyball, or any youth sports jersey and they get free admission into Friday's home game at 7 p.m.

Sophomore Shelby Redman scored another goal on Sunday against Rice. She has now scored in four of the last five games, and is second on the Mustangs with 13 points (5g, 3a). Redman is tied for seventh in the conference in points, tied for fifth in goals, and is alone in fifth in shots.

Junior defender Courtney Smith has been a huge part of SMU's offensive gameplan, even though she hasn't scored a goal in 2012. Smith currently leads the C-USA in total assists, and also ranks fifth nationally in assists per game (10 games, 7 assists, .70pg).

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Senior midfielder Mallory Baum has been nominated for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, the nominating organization announced on Tuesday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

"Getting nominated means that I am getting recognized for all of my hard work off the field, as well as my team's hard work on the field," Baum said. "I am on that list with some great people on some great teams, and the nomination is awesome."

Baum, a native of Keller, Texas, was named to the Second Team NSCAA All- Central and First Team All-Conference USA in 2011, and was named to the Preseason First Team All-C-USA team in August. She was also a member of the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2009.

In the classroom, Baum is studying Electrical Engineering with biomedical specialization and math as a double major. She has the intentions of going to Dental School upon graduation from SMU. Her current cumulative GPA is a 3.7. She has also put a lot effort into helping the local community. Baum volunteered with Tarrant Area Food Bank, where she packed grocery bags of food and helped organize a Thanksgiving feast, parties and more for less fortunate families. She also assisted with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, playing and bonding with children who had been removed from unhealthy family situations. Baum also helped with Mayfest, Inc, a festival in Fort Worth created as a nonprofit corporation with a purpose to raise funds for community nonprofit programs and for continued improvement and awareness of the Trinity River and surrounding parks through a combination of volunteerism and community resources.

Holly Hargreaves scored a goal for Rice in the 86th minute as the Owls defeated SMU 3-2 at Rice Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

SMU drops to 4-5-1 (0-1-1 C-USA) on the season. Rice improves to 5-4-2 (2-0-0).

Shelby Redman helped the Mustangs avoid another slow start by putting SMU on the board first at the 13 minute mark. The sophomore received a throw-in from Courtney Smith, and dribbled the ball to about 18 yards out and fired it past the keeper inside the near post.

Rice quickly tied the contest and then took the lead by the 21st minute, on two goals from Lauren Hughes.

Kenzie Scovill answered for the Mustangs in the 29th minute, with an 18-yard shot from the middle of the field that was out of the reach of Rice goalkeeper Amy Czyz. Freshman Lissi Lonsberry was double-teamed in the box, but with her back facing the goal, was able to find Scovill who found just enough daylight through the defense tuck the ball inside the left corner of the goal.

SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli knows that as conference play rolls on, his team needs to earn better results. Late-game situations have also been tough on the Mustangs, now losing three games this season with goals coming against them in the final four minutes of regulation or overtime.

"We've got to defend better," Petrucelli said. "If they score three, we need to have four."

SMU changed goalies at halftime, putting in freshman Shannon Moroney in relief of Lauryn Bodden. The duo combined for seven saves in the game.

The Mustangs return home for contests on Friday and Sunday at Westcott Field. SMU takes on UTEP at 7 p.m. on Friday night, and Colorado College on Sunday 2 p.m.