Women's Soccer

Mustangs Play Host To Memphis In Home Finale

Go smu! Senior Ryanne Lewis
Go smu!
Senior Ryanne Lewis
Go smu!

Oct. 20, 2012

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The Last Meeting
October 7, 2011
Memphis, Tenn.
SMU Draws 3-3 With No. 6 Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The SMU women's soccer team went into Mike Rose Soccer Complex tonight and did something that no team has been able to do this season against No. 6 Memphis--get a result. In a wild match filled with momentum swings, the Mustangs were able to leave with a 3-3 draw, snapping Memphis' 12-match win-streak.

The Mustangs are 1-5-1 all-time against Memphis. SMU's only win in the series came in 2005. The two teams tied 3-3 last season when Memphis was ranked No. 6 in the country. Olivia Elliott, Briana Gaines and Amelia Ambrose all scored for the Mustangs in that contest. It was the first time to that point in 2011 that any team had done anything but lost to Memphis.

Memphis is 9-7-0 (5-4-0 C-USA) on the season. The Tigers are not ending the season the way they'd hoped; Memphis has lost four straight games by a combined score of 10-1. Memphis does boast the league's leading scorer in Christabel Oduro, who has 29 points (11g, 7a). Oduro was C-USA Offensive Player of the Year last year. Memphis also won the regular season C-USA championship in 2011, and then took the conference tournament title as well.

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.

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.

Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 46-28-6 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.

Kenzie Scovill scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season on Friday night, placing her as the team leader in the category.
• With her goal on Friday, Shelby Redman notched her seventh goal of the 2012 campaign. She also now has 20 points, marking the first time an SMU player has had at least 20 points in a season since 2006, when Olivia O'Rear finished with 31.
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.
• 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 last weekend, picking up her third and fourth shutouts of the season.

SMU currently boasts a 5-0-1 record at home this season, and has outscored its opponents by a margin of 16-4. Dating back to the beginning of 2011, SMU is 12-2-1 in Dallas.

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Kenzie Scovill scored twice and Shelby Redman also found the back of the net for SMU as the Mustangs topped the visiting UAB Blazers 3-1 at Westcott Field on Friday night.

SMU (8-6-3, 4-2-3 C-USA) extended its unbeaten streak to four games, and has only lost twice since Sept. 14 at Baylor.

The Mustangs laid a barrage of shots on UAB (2-15-0, 1-8-0 C-USA), totaling 33 for the contest. SMU controlled possession for much of the game, not allowing a UAB shot until more than 20 minutes into the match. The Mustangs also totaled 13 corner kicks compared to just one for the Blazers.

We had the ball in their end a lot," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "We had the ball around their goal a lot. We were able to free ourselves and create chances.

"We probably should have scored more than we did. The post got us a couple of times, the goalkeeper got us a couple of times, but overall, we'll take it."

On SMU's third corner kick, Courtney Smith curved the ball into the box and found the wellplaced head of Redman, who redirected the ball past UAB's goalkeeper Courtnie Northern. The goal was Redman's seventh of the season. UAB was able to tie the game before halftime, however. A breakdown defensively by SMU forced goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden into a poor position. Bodden made a save on an initial UAB shot, but Paige Hanks gobbled up the rebound and put it in the empty net.

Corner kicks again proved deadly for SMU early in the second half. Mallory Baum launched a ball into the box from the left side toward Olivia Elliott, who made an attempt on goal. The shot was stopped, but Scovill found the loose ball and gave SMU a 2-1 lead that it would not relinquish. Scovill added an insurance goal with less than six minutes remaining on a great transition sequence that finished with Rikki Clarke feeding Scovill in the box on the run. Scovill's shot went off the outreached arms of Northern and trickled into the goal.

Scovill now has eight goals on the season. The combined scoring efforts of Scovill and Redman, who are No. 1 and 2 on the team in goals respectively, is certainly important as the regular season winds down.

"If you're going to win, you have to have people you can count on to score," Petrucelli said of the top-scoring duo. "We're all pretty confident that we have two, at least, and Olivia (Elliott) is probably a third. If you have people you can count on, you're confident going into a game that you have a chance."

The Mustangs are now 5-0-1 at home on the season, and have outscored their opponents 16-4 at Westcott in 2012. SMU's next challenger on the Hilltop will be Memphis on Sunday at 2 p.m.



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