Oct. 1, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
SMU returns home after going 1-1 in its first two American Athletic Conference games last week. The Mustangs beat Temple 1-0 on Sunday after falling to UConn 2-1 on Thursday. SMU returns home with a 6-4-0 (1-1-0) overall record for matches against Louisville and Cincinnati. The Mustangs hope to combine their high-scoring offense (third in the American, 35th in the NCAA) with solid defense (five shutouts in 10 matches) to gain momentum during league play. The Mustangs play five of its last seven regular season matches at home, where they have only lost once since Chris Petrucelli took over head coaching duties at the beginning of the 2012 campaign.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. LOUISVILLE
This match marks the first meeting between the two programs. SMU will play a total
of six teams for the first time this season - ULM, Colorado State, South Carolina, Temple, Louisville and USF. SMU is 3-1 this season against first-time opponents, beating ULM (8/23), Colorado State (8/30) and Temple (9/29).
ABOUT THE CARDINALS
Louisville is 6-3-1 (2-0-0) in 2013, coming off two wins to start the conference season. The Cardinals defeated Memphis (3-2 - OT) on Friday and Rutgers (4-1) on Sunday, with both games taking place in Louisville. The Cardinals started the season 1-2-1, but have rebounded to win five of their last six matches. Louisville leads the American in goals (27) and goals per game (2.70). Forward Charlyn Corral is tied for the league lead with nine goals and leads with 23 points.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. CINCINNATI
The Mustangs hold a 1-1-1 record against the Bearcats all time, winning the most recent meeting 5-0 on Nov. 3, 1991 in Dallas. The teams met three straight years from 1989-1991, playing one game each in Dallas, Cincinnati and a neutral site meeting in Madison, Wisc., on Oct. 14, 1989.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS
The Bearcats got off to a slow start this season, losing six of their first seven matches. Cincinnati has since won four of five, including a two-overtime victory at home against Memphis on Sunday. Cincinnati is 5-7-0 (1-1-0) overall, and is led in scoring by forward Mackenzie Reynolds, who has three goals on just seven shots.
SMU will travel to Memphis on Oct. 10 and Rutgers on Oct. 13 for its last road trip of the regular season. The Mustangs will return home for three home matches to finish the season, starting with Houston on Oct. 18. The last time the Mustangs finished the regular season with three home games was 2007, with SMU winning all three matches.
GORNEY NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (Sept. 30)
SMU freshman Kelsey Gorney was given American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday. Gorney scored the game-winning goal in SMU's 1-0 win at Temple on Sunday, and also tallied an assist on Thursday at Connecticut.
Gorney becomes the second SMU player to receive league recognition this season. Shelby Redman was named to the league's honor roll on Aug. 26.
Gorney is second on the team in goals (five) and points (11), ranking ninth and 12th in the American. Gorney also has three game-winners, which ranks fourth in the league.
SMU's freshmen have been a productive bunch this season, accounting for 43 percent of the team's scoring with 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points.
PILING UP GOALS ON THE HILLTOP
SMU ranks third in the American and 35th nationally in goals per game with 2.30. The attack is led by junior Shelby Redman, who is 46th in the NCAA in goals (7), tying her for fourth in the American. Freshman Kelsey Gorney has added five goals, tying her for ninth in the conference. SMU has been particularly productive at home, outscoring visiting foes 16-3 in five games at Westcott.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
SMU ranks first in the American in assists with 26, which calculates to 2.60 per game, good for first in the American and 15th in the NCAA. Courtney Smith, who is now seventh on SMU's all-time assists list, is eighth in the NCAA with eight helpers (first in the American), while Taylor Barg and Rikki Clarke have five (tied for third in the American, 46th in the NCAA). SMU is on pace to reach 47 assists on the season (counting minimum one game played in the conference tournament), which would be the sixth highest total in program history.
NO GOALS FOR YOU!
SMU has recorded five shutouts in its first 10 games of the season, marking the first time since 1997 that SMU has done so. 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.
200 WINS 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. SMU has only had one season with a losing record at home since the program's inception, and has gone undefeated four times - 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2012.
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.
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 ties her for third in the American...Recorded two assists vs. ULM (8/23).
Lauryn Bodden (Jr. | GK)
Has two shutouts in two starts this season, now has seven for her career... Currently holds a .909 save percentage, which ranks first in the American... She also has a 0.29 GAA, which also ranks first.
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Has five assists on the season, tying her for third in the league... 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 five goals this season, including three game-winners, tying her for fourth in the American... She is tied for ninth in the league in goals... Scored the game-winner in SMU's first conference win at Temple (9/29)... HONORS: American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (9/30).
Taylor Jackson (Fr. | D)
Leads SMU in minutes played with 861... 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.
Shannon Moroney (So. | GK)
Has a 4-4-0 record in eight starts, including one solo shutout... Has made 22 saves this season.
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 seven goals on the year, placing her sixth in the American and 69th in the NCAA... Redman now has 18 goals in her career, tying her for 18th all-time at SMU... Leads the team with 36 shots, and ranks 11th all-time at SMU in shots per game with 2.60 and is 15th with 143 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
Shelby Redman 18 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 143 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. Shelby Redman 2.60 2010-Present
12. Lisa Perry 2.57 1989-92
13. Jill Heinemann 2.55 2001-04
14. Tara Comfort 2.55 1998-02
15. Kathy Patterson 2.47 1986-89
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith has eight assists, including two against both Arkansas (8/25) and Sam Houston State (9/16), giving her the league lead and ranking her seventh in the NCAA; she is also tied for seventh all-time at SMU and tied for eighth 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 824... 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
Courtney Smith 25 2010-Present
8. Danielle Garrett 24 1994-95
10. Danielle Brosseau 23 1994-97