SMU Begins Three-Match Road Trip With Colorado College, UTEP

Go smu!
Go smu!

Go smu!

Oct. 19, 2011

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SMU Mustangs (9-6-1, 5-2-1) vs. Colorado College (7-6-3, 5-2-1)
Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. CT
Stewart Field – Colorado Springs, Colo. 

SMU Mustangs (9-6-1, 5-2-1) vs. UTEP Miners (10-5-2, 4-3-1)
Oct. 23 – 2 p.m. CT
University Field – El Paso, Texas 

The Mustangs are 8-9 all-time against the Tigers, with the two sides splitting their six meetings since joining Conference USA. SMU won last year’s contest at Westcott Field, 3-1, behind a pair of goals by Kaitlyn Eidson and one by Shelby Hartweck

The Mustangs are 14-3 all-time versus the Miners, but all three SMU losses have come in El Paso. SMU knocked-off its counterpart 1-0 last season as Courtney Smith linked up with Kaitlyn Eidson on a cross in the ninth minute.

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.

After a virtual deadlock through more than 99 minutes, East Carolina capitalized on a long through ball that started a 2-on-1 break. A short touch pass to the left by Rachel Wechsler to Amanda Malkiewicz set up the game-winning goal as Malkiewicz fired her shot just over a sliding Courtney Webb with three seconds remaining in the first overtime.

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.

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 four shots, with 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.

SMU ends the regular season on Friday, Oct. 28 at Tulsa. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Hurricane Stadium. The two sides drew 1-1 in last year’s season finale at Westcott Field.