Confident Mustangs Travel To East Carolina For Friday Contest

Go smu! Sophomore goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden registered seven saves in SMU's 2-1 upset over No. 8 UCF on Sunday.
Go smu!
Sophomore goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden registered seven saves in SMU's 2-1 upset over No. 8 UCF on Sunday.
Go smu!

Oct. 10, 2012

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SMU Mustangs (6-6-2, 2-2-2 C-USA) at East Carolina Pirates (8-5-1, 4-1-1 C-USA)
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | ECU Soccer Stadium | Greenville, N.C. | 6 p.m. CT

The Last Meeting
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October 16, 2011
Westcott Field
SMU Falls 1-0 To East Carolina In Overtime
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in overtime to East Carolina this afternoon at Westcott Field. The loss drops SMU to 9-6-1 on the season and 5-2-1 in Conference USA, while ECU moves to 7-6-1 overall and 2-5-0 in conference.

SMU and ECU have had a historically even series, with the Mustangs holding a 4-3-1 edge all-time. The Pirates won last season's contest at Westcott, however, by a score 1-0 in overtime. The Mustangs have not won in Greenville, N.C. since 2005, but did win a neutral-site game in 2010 in Cary, N.C., after the game was moved due to inclement weather. Shelby Hartweck is the only current Mustang to have scored against the Pirates. She scored twice in SMU's 2-1 home win in 2009. Kenzie Scovill tallied an assist on one of those goals.

ECU is 8-5-1 (4-1-1 C-USA) in 2012, and are 5-1-1 at home. ECU is currently tied for second in the conference. The Pirates' lone conference loss came to Memphis on Sept. 28. The Pirates are led on the back end by junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero, who is the reigning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week. She earned the honor twice this season, and currently ranks fifth in the conference in goals against average.

Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 44-28-5 in games against league opponents. SMU won the regular season league title in 2006, going 17-5-1 (8-1-0 C-USA) for the year.

• SMU defeated No. 8 UCF in Orlando on Sunday. The win gave SMU back-to-back wins against the Knights. UCF was ranked No. 19 when SMU won at Westcott in 2011. Prior to last season's triumph, SMU hadn't won against a ranked team since defeating No. 11 Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 15, 2002.
Rikki Clarke scored her team-leading third goal of Conference USA play against UCF.
Lauryn Bodden posted seven saves in SMU's upset over No. 8 UCF, setting a new career-high and a season-high for any Mustangs goalkeeper in 2012.

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 with 8. She is also tied for seventh in the nation in total assists.

SMU currently boasts a 4-0-1 record at home this season, and has outscored its opponents by a margin of 13-3. Dating back to the beginning of 2011, SMU is 11-2-1 in Dallas.

SMU currently ranks in the top 25 percent in the nation in scoring offense (80th out of 330 teams) at 1.79 goals per game. With 25 goals and five games left in the regular season, SMU is only three goals shy of its season total of 28 in 2011.

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The SMU Mustangs received goals from Olivia Elliott and Rikki Clarke, and goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden had a standout performance in goal as SMU defeated No. 8 UCF 2-1 in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday afternoon.

SMU has now beaten the Knights for a second straight year. The Knights were ranked No. 19 when SMU was victorious last season. The Mustangs are now 6-6-2 (2-2-2 C-USA) in 2012.

Lauryn Bodden came up with multiple big saves for the Mustangs, and none larger than her save with nine seconds remaining off of a last-minute UCF corner kick. The Knights applied a lot of pressure on the SMU defense as the second half progressed, but the Mustangs held tough. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli gave a lot of credit to the defensive mindset the entire team had.

"Overall, defensively we were able to hold them out," Petrucelli said. "The whole team did a good job of keeping them out, not just Lauryn (Bodden). We settled in and didn't let them past us."

Olivia Elliott got SMU on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 17th minute. Elliott found a rebound inside the box and redirected the ball just past UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado. The entire first half was quite evenly played, with both teams exchanging possession fairly equally. Rikki Clarke gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute when she crept the ball inside the far post off a feed from Shelby Redman. The goal was Clarke's third of the season, and Redman's assist gives her 18 points on the season, extending her team-leading total. Bodden posted seven saves, a career-high. Mallory Baum tallied an assist on both of SMU's goals.

UCF cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal from Sophie Howard at the 81:43 mark. Howard found some room outside the top of the box and was able to fire a shot past the otherwise unblemished Bodden.

SMU has had confidence all season that it can compete with anyone and be victorious. The Mustangs lost in overtime in their season opener on Aug. 17 against San Diego State, who is now the No. 10 team in the nation. SMU also nearly beat now-No.25 Baylor, falling in extra time to the Bears on Sept. 14.

"I think all along we felt we were capable of winning a lot of games," Petrucelli said. "Hopefully this propels us forward."

SMU's next game is on Friday at East Carolina. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT. The Mustangs lost to ECU 1-0 in overtime at Westcott Field last season.