Oct. 8, 2013
SMU Game Notes
SETTING THE SCENE
SMU will head on its last road trip of the 2013 regular season as it travels to play Memphis on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Rutgers on Sunday at noon. The Mustangs are ranked ninth in the NSCAA Central Region poll and are currently tied for fifth in the American Athletic Conference with a 2-2-0 league record. SMU will then return home for three home games to end the regular season.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. MEMPHIS
SMU is 1-5-2 all-time against the Tigers, with the program's lone victory being a 2-1 decision on Oct. 30, 2005 in Dallas. Memphis won five straight matches from 2007-11, shutting the Mustangs out three times during the stretch. The last two meetings have been ties, including last season's 1-1 draw on the Hilltop. Olivia Elliott, Briana Gaines and Amelia Ambrose all scored in the 3-3 tie between the teams on Oct. 7, 2011. The two programs have met eight times since becoming Conference USA members in 2005, including once in the 2009 conference tournament.
The Last Meeting
October 21, 2012
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Memphis is 7-5-0 (0-3-0 American) on the season, and is coming off of three straight losses to start the conference season. The first two were in heartbreaking fashion, dropping consecutive 3-2 overtime matches to Louisville and Cincinnati. The Tigers started the season 5-1-0 and entered league play with a 7-2-0 mark. Valerie Sanderson leads the Tigers with 20 (nine goals, two assists) points, which is good for third-most in the American. Kaitlyn Atkins is tied for second n the league with eight assists.
MUSTANGS TIE MEMPHIS, 1-1 ON SENIOR DAY (Oct. 21, 2012)
Kenzie Scovill scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season, but a hard-fought game led to a tough 1-1 draw between SMU and Memphis at Westcott Field.
The two teams went into halftime tied, but the home team held a 7-2 edge in shots. Memphis came out of the break and quickly took the lead. Conference-leading scorer Christabel Oduro collected the ball on a run to the box and crossed the ball to the opposite post, where Christi Padgett redirected the ball off the near post.
Scovill promptly brought the Mustangs back, scoring off a corner kick by Mallory Baum. Scovill went low for a header by the near post that went just past the outstretched arms of Memphis goalkeeper Christa Strickland.
The Mustangs had another terrific offensive effort, outshooting Memphis 27-10, including 7-0 in overtime. SMU also held the edge in corner kick opportunities, 10-2.
"I thought we played well," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "We'd like to have won, and we're a little disappointed that we didn't. Memphis is a good team, and they made it difficult for us."
SMU ALL-TIME VS. RUTGERS
SMU and Rutgers have only met once, when the Mustangs won 3-2 on Oct. 20, 1989 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
The Scarlet Knights are third in the American with a 9-2-1 (2-1-0) record. Rutgers defeated Memphis 3-2 on Friday in its most recent match. Rutgers started the season 4-0 and entered the conference slate holding a 7-1-1 mark. Jonelle Filigno leads Rutgers with 17 points, tying her for seventh in the American.
SMU will play its last three regular season games at home, beginning with Houston on Friday, Oct. 18. USF and UCF will travel to the Hilltop the following week. The first American Athletic Conference Championship will begin with the first round on Oct. 31.
SMITH NAMED TO TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK (Oct. 8, 2013)
SMU defender Courtney Smith was named to the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Tuesday after her strong performances against Louisville and Cincinnati this past week.
Smith scored twice on set pieces against Louisville on Thursday, notching the first multi-goal game of her career. The senior playmaker then recorded an assist during SMU's 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Plano, Texas, native now has nine assists on the season, which leads the American Athletic Conference and is the sixth-highest total in the nation. She's posted 0.75 assists per match, good for fifth in the NCAA. Smith's 15 total points ranks her ninth in the league.
Smith is also rising the all-time assists list at SMU, and is currently tied for sixth with Olivia O'Rear with 26 career helpers.
The left back has been a crucial part of an SMU attack that is ranked third in the American and 35th nationally in scoring offense.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
SMU ranks second in the American in assists with 28, which calculates to 2.33 per game, good for first in the American and 16th in the NCAA. Courtney Smith, who is now sixth on SMU's all-time assists list, is sixth in the NCAA with nine helpers (first in the American), while Taylor Barg has six (fourth in the American, 33rd NCAA) and Rikki Clarke has five (tied for fifth in the American, 65th NCAA). SMU is on pace to reach 44 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 recorded five shutouts in its first 10 games of the season, marking the first time since 1997 that the Mustangs have 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 201-54-17 (.770) all-time at home, and have only lost twice in Dallas since Oct. 16, 2011, compiling a 10-2-2 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); has six helpers on the season, ranking her fourth in the American and 33rd in the NCAA; she is also tied for fifth among all freshmen in assists...Recorded two assists vs. ULM (8/23).
Lauryn Bodden (Jr. | GK)
Has two shutouts this season and now has seven for her career... Currently holds a 1.09 goals against average, good for fourth in the American... Has a 3-1-0 record as a starter this year.
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Has five assists on the season, tying her for fifth 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 1.041... 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 eight goals on the year, tying her for fourth in the American and 40th in the NCAA... Redman now has 19 goals in her career, tying her for 17th all-time at SMU... Leads the team with 46 shots, and is 13th all-time at SMU with 153 career 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
10. Kathy Patterson 34 1986-89
11. Jill Heinemann 29 2001-04
12. Tara Comfort 28 1998-02
13. Amy Kline 25 1993-96
14. Kim Brown 24 1996-97
15. Kenzie Scovill 22 2009-12
16. Marci Miller 21 1996-97
17. Kristi Anderson 19 1986-89
Shelby Redman 19 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. Shelby Redman 153 2010-Present
14. Kenzie Scovill 152 2009-12
15. Laura Snyder 145 1996-99
SMU All-Time Shots Per Game Leaders (Min. 10 Games)
6. Courtney Linex 3.02 1992-95
7. Sarah Harvey 2.96 1998-01
8. Leslie Briggs 2.89 2009
9. Kimber Bailey 2.71 2004-07
10. Shelby Redman 2.68 2010-Present
11. Sheryl Jutras 2.67 1986
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith has nine assists, including two against both Arkansas (8/25) and Sam Houston State (9/16), giving her the league lead and ranking her sixth in the NCAA; she is also tied for sixth all-time at SMU and is eighth among all active NCAA players in career assists... Scored twice on set pieces against Louisville (10/3)... Scored her first goal since Nov. 2, 2011 against TCU (9/12)... Ranks second on the team in minutes with 1,004... 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: TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week (10/8)... American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (10/7)... 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
Courtney Smith 26 2010-Present
8. Ryanne Bumps 25 1992-95
9. Danielle Garrett 24 1994-95
10. Danielle Brosseau 23 1994-97