Sophomore defender Rachael Larson
Oct. 13, 2012
SMU Tops Marshall 2-1
DALLAS (SMU) - With the game tied late, the SMU women's soccer team once again scored a crucial late goal as it defeated Marshall 2-1 tonight at Westcott Field. The win moves the Mustangs to 9-5-1 on the season and 5-1-1 in Conference USA, while Marshall drops to 3-9-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the league.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 | Hurricane High School | Hurricane, W.Va. | 12 p.m. CT
SMU ALL-TIME VS. MARSHALL
The Mustangs are 5-1 all-time against Marshall and 3-0 when visiting Huntington, W. Va. SMU's only defeat was a 1-0 loss at Westcott in 2009. Last season, SMU won a 2-1 thriller at home. Courtney Smith scored the game-winner off a corner kick in the 81st minute. Kenzie Scovill scored the other goal for the Mustangs. The only other Mustang with points against Marshall is Shelby Hartweck, who scored and tallied an assist against them in a 2-0 win in 2010.
ABOUT THE THUNDERING HERD
Marshall is 6-8-1 (2-4-1 C-USA) in 2012. Marshall most recently lost to Tulsa at home on Friday night, 2-0. Marshall is currently on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1), all against C-USA foes. The Thundering Herd own conference wins over UTEP (4-1) and UAB (3-2) this season. Marshall is led offensively by Chelsey Maiden, who ranks fifth in the C-USA in points with 16 (6g, 4a) and Erin Simmons, who is tied for 10th in the C-USA with 14 points (6g, 2a).
SMU ALL-TIME IN C-USA PLAY
Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 44-28-6 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.
NOTES FROM FRIDAY
SMU and ECU played to a scoreless tie Friday night. It was SMU's first scoreless tie since Aug. 29, 2010 at Oregon. The Mustangs played to a 0-0 score in against Rice last season during the first round of the C-USA tournament, with the Mustangs advancing on penalty kicks.
Lauryn Bodden notched two saves in her third shutout of the season.
SMU took 17 shots in the game, with senior Mallory Baum leading the way with four shots.
The Mustangs attacked very well despite not scoring against the Pirates. SMU earned 16 penalty kicks in the contest, compared to ECU's 1.
SMITH LENDS A HELPING HAND..... OR FOOT
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.
WINNING AT WESTCOTT
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.
HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE FROM THE HILLTOP
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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MUSTANGS AND EAST CAROLINA FIGHT TO 0-0 DRAW
The SMU Mustangs and East Carolina Pirates fought to a scoreless draw at the ECU Soccer Stadium in Greenville, N.C. on Friday night.
SMU is now 6-6-3 (2-2-3 C-USA) on the season. East Carolina, who could have moved into first place in the Conference USA with a win, is now 8-5-2 (4-1-2 C-USA) in 2012.
Mallory Baum had an opportunity to give SMU the win in the 104th minute during the first overtime period when her shot went off the crossbar. Rachael Larson had a great opportunity to score in the first half, when her shot went high over the goal from about four yards out.
"We attacked the ball well," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said of his team's offensive effort. "I thought we dominated territory and possession. We were really kind of unlucky to not get a goal."
ECU's goalkeeper Christiane Cordero, who has won two of the last three C-USA Defensive Player of the Week awards, made numerous crucial stops, with six total saves. Lauryn Bodden had two saves and earned her third shutout of the year.
SMU continues play with a game at Marshall on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.