Oct. 15, 2011
SMU Mustangs (9-5-1, 5-1-1) vs. East Carolina Pirates (6-6-1, 1-5-0)
Oct. 14 - 2 p.m.
Westcott Field - Dallas, Texas
SMU vs. EAST CAROLINA
The Mustangs hold a 4-2-1 record all-time against East Carolina, topping the Pirates in the last two meetings, while outscoring them 3-1 during those two matches.
On Sunday, SMU will honor its senior defensive triangle, central defenders Kaitlyn Eidson and Katherine Cox and goalkeeper Courtney Webb at the conclusion of the match.
SMITH HALTS HERD
SMU struck first in the 19th minute as Kenzie Scovill scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Scovill capitalized on a Marshall miscue in the in the box and the junior pounced on the loose ball. Up 1-0 at the half, Marshall's Megan Tabler quickly leveled the game in the 47th minute. In the 81st minute, Courtney Smith scored the game-winner as she bent a corner kick in from the right flag that was just out of the Marshall goalkeeper's reach.
MUSTANGS EXTINGUISH BLAZERS
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.
THREE'S A CROWD
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.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
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 7-1 this season at home, outscoring their opponents 15-4, while outshooting the by a combined 125-58, and putting 37 more shots on frame. The defense has also produced four shutouts.
SHARING THE WEALTH
SMU has scored 23 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 five 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.
SMU hits the road next weekend as the team heads to Colorado College on Oct. 21 as the team begins its three-match road trip to end the regular season. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT at Stewart Field in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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 SMUMustangs.com or by calling 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263).