Junior midfielder Jessica Bartol
Oct. 17, 2012
SMU Picks Up 2-1 Win At UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team finished off a successful road trip this afternoon with a 2-1 win over UAB at West Campus Field. The victory moves the Mustangs to 8-5-1 overall and 4-1-1 in Conference USA, while the Blazers drop to 3-9-1 and 0-4-1 in conference play.
Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 | Westcott Field | Dallas, Texas | 7 p.m. CT
SMU ALL-TIME VS. UAB
The Mustangs are 5-2 all-time against UAB, and have won each of the last three contests dating back to 2009. In those three games, SMU has outscored UAB 6-2. Courtney Smith tallied two assists on free kicks in last year's tilt, Ryanne Lewis notched a goal and an assist in the 2010 meeting, and Kenzie Scovill scored the game-winning goal in the 2009 match.
ABOUT THE BLAZERS
UAB is 2-14-0 (1-7-0 C-USA). UAB's only conference win came in its C-USA-opener, a 1-0 home victory over Southern Miss on Sept. 21. The Blazers have since lost seven straight games. The Blazers are led offensively by Johanna Liney who has 15 points (6g, 3a) on the season, tying her for ninth in the conference. UAB nearly came from behind to tie league-leading Rice in its last game (Sunday), losing 3-2 after being down 3-0 at halftime. SMU ALL-TIME IN C-USA PLAY Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 45-28-6 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 THE WEEKEND
SMU and ECU played to a scoreless tie Friday night. It was SMU's first scoreless tie in the regular season since Aug. 29, 2010 at Oregon. The Mustangs played to a 0-0 score against Rice last season during the first round of the C-USA tournament, with the Mustangs advancing on penalty kicks.
The Mustangs attacked very well despite not scoring against the Pirates. SMU earned 16 penalty kicks in the contest, compared to ECU's 1.
Lauryn Bodden totaled six saves over SMU's two games, picking up her third and fourth shutouts of the season.
Olivia Elliott's game-winner against Marshall was her fifth goal of 2012. SMU now has three players with at least five goals this season. The goal-scoring leader during each of the past two seasons for SMU has finished with five goals. The Mustangs still have three regular season games remaining for these players to extend their goal totals.
Elliott also is now tied with Rikki Clarke for the team-lead in goals (3) during C-USA play this season.
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In her last three starts, sophomore goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden has been nearly unbeatable. The Tampa, Fla., native has made 13 saves over those contests, allowing only one goal. SMU is 2-0-1 during the stretch, including a 2-1 win in Bodden's seven-save contest against then-No. 8 UCF on Oct. 7.
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 team in assists with eight, which is also good for second in the C-USA and 16th in the nation.
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.
SENIOR NIGHT ON SUNDAY
SMU's five seniors (Mallory Baum, Shelby Hartweck, Ryanne Lewis, Kenzie Scovill and Meg Stewart) will all be honored before Sunday's game against Memphis at 2 p.m. The athletes will be honored (along with their families) starting 15 minutes before kickoff.
MUSTANGS AUCTIONING OFF PINK JERSEYS ON SUNDAY
SMU will be wearing pink jerseys during Sunday's home finale against Memphis, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The jerseys will be auctioned off in a silent auction with all proceeds going to Relay For Life. The silent auction, which also includes other assorted SMU athletics memorabilia, will start when gates open at 1 p.m. The auctions will end at the conclusion of halftime.
LIVE STATS AND STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR ALL SMU HOME GAMES
Fans can watch games or track statistics from home online at SMUMustangs.com all season long for home games at Westcott Field. By downloading the SMU Mustangs app in for iPhone or on the Android Marketplace, fans can also follow the action from their mobile device.
MUSTANGS EARN 1-0 ROAD VICTORY OVER MARSHALL
Olivia Elliott picked up a long rebound and fired a shot past Marshall's Lindsey Kerns from 30 yards out in the 19th minute to propel SMU to a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
The Mustangs' record improves to 7-6-3 (3-2-3 C-USA) in 2012. The Mustangs are currently riding a three-game unbeaten streak. SMU is now 6-1 all-time against the Thundering Herd.
SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden notched her second consecutive shutout, marking the first time in her career that she's had clean sheets in back-to-back games.
"Lauryn (Bodden) was good," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "The whole back four were good. The team was committed defensively. Bodden has certainly played well lately."
Elliott scored her fifth goal of the season in the 19th minute to give SMU an early 1-0 lead. The play started with Shelby Redman getting the ball past the Marshall defense where it was found by Kenzie Scovill. Scovill took a shot on goal, which deflected off of Kerns' leg to about 25 yards away where Elliott received it. The sophomore then fired the ball into the wide-open net.
Marshall tried to apply more pressure late by making some offensive-minded substitutions, and it nearly worked. Bodden was forced to make a crucial save in the 87th minute off a header by Marshall's Erin Simmons.
The win concludes a four-game road trip that started on Oct. 5. The Mustangs have not played a home game since Sept. 30, but will return to Westcott on Friday to take on UAB.
"We've got to get rested up," Petrucelli said, noting how much travelling his team has done recently. "We'll need some big efforts (this weekend) and I think we'll get them."
SMU's contest against UAB is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Mustangs take on Memphis at 2
p.m. on Sunday.