SMU To Host Marshall On Friday

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Oct. 12, 2011

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SMU Mustangs (8-5-1, 4-1-1) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (3-8-3, 1-3-2)
Oct. 12 - 7 p.m.
Westcott Field - Dallas, Texas

The Mustangs are 4-1 all-time against the Thunder Herd, outscoring Marshall 12-3. The Ponies took last season's match-up 2-0 in Huntington, W.V., behind a pair of second-half goals by Kaitlyn Eidson and Shelby Hartweck.

It only took Courtney Smith two free kick opportunities to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead just before 20 minutes were gone. On back-to-back set pieces after UAB fouls, Smith's service set up goals for Kaitlyn Eidson and Katie Bass less than a minute and half apart. UAB's Tiffini Turpin cut the lead to 2-1 just before half time, but the Mustangs held onto the lead through the second 45 minutes for the win.

On the road against the No. 6 Tigers, the Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 half time lead behind goals by freshmen Olivia Elliott and Briana Gaines to stun the record-setting crowd at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Tigers roared back in the second half, scoring three times in six minutes to take a 3-2 lead in with under 13 minutes to go. On the brink of defeat, a third Mustang newcomer put her stamp on the match as Amelia Ambrose ripped a shot past the Tigers keeper with a minute and half remaining in regulation to ultimately send the game to overtime. Neither team could break the deadlock in extra time and the match resulted in 3-3 tie. With the draw, SMU snapped Memphis' 12-match win streak.

With her 89th minute goal at Memphis, Amelia Ambrose, who transferred to SMU late in the summer, has two goals on three shots, both goals occurring beyond the 88th minute to give SMU crucial results. Ambrose's goal at Memphis allowed the Mustangs to take a point from the No. 6 team in the country on the road, while her 88th minute goal against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 22 gave the Mustangs a 2-1 victory.

The Mustangs are 6-1 this season at home, outscoring their opponents 13-3, while outshooting the by a combined 109-51, and putting 35 more shots on frame. The defense has also produced four shutouts.

SMU has scored 21 goals on the year, with nine different players finding the back of the net, including one own goal. Kenzie Scovill currently leads the team with four goals. Of the team's 14 assists, ten different players have tallied at least one, with Courtney Smith leading the team with three.

With her game-winner goal against Houston on Oct. 2, junior Kenzie Scovill currently has three on the season which ranks second in Conference USA.

After a slow start to the game for both sides, Kenzie Scovill got the Ponies on the board in the 20th minute. After a Shelby Hartweck shot was deflected, Scovill one-timed the rebound. Houston goalkeeper Cami Koski came up with a second-straight save, but again couldn't hang on to ball. Scovill took advantage, burying the shot in the back of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

In a deadlocked match for 80-plus minutes, Rice's Gabriela Iribarne and Quynh-Nuh Truong got on a 2-on-1 break deep in SMU's half in the 84th minute. Irabarne passed the ball to Truong on the left side, who then slotted a shot to the right side of the goal past Courtney Webb for the game-winner.

SMU will host East Carolina (6-5-1, 1-4-0) on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Westcott Field.

Season tickets are on sale now for $27. Individual game tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Blocks of 50 or more tickets are $1 apiece. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263).