Oct. 22, 2013
SMU Game Notes
SETTING THE SCENE
The SMU Mustangs will close out their regular season this week as they host USF on Thursday night and UCF for Senior Day on Sunday afternoon. These last two contests will determine the seeding for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championships. SMU is currently seventh in the league, but could finish as high as third in the league with two wins this week. Five Mustangs (Amelia Ambrose, Jessica Bartol, Lauryn Bodden, Taylor Robinson and Courtney Smith) will be receive Senior Day recognition before Sunday's match.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. USF
This match marks the first meeting between the two programs. SMU will play a total of six teams for the first time this season - ULM, Colorado State, South Carolina, Temple, Louisville and USF. SMU is 3-2 this season against first-time opponents, beating ULM (8/23), Colorado State (8/30) and Temple (9/29).
ABOUT THE BULLS
USF is 8-4-4 (3-3-1) on the season after defeating Memphis, 3-1, and tying Rutgers, 2-2, at home this past week. The Bulls started the year 4-0-2, and then played No. 18 South Carolina and No. 9 Florida back-to-back, losing to the Gamecocks and tying the Gators, 1-1. Sophomore goalkeeper Christiane Endler was named the league Goalkeeper of the Week after making 11 saves in two games, while junior forward Demi Stokes made the conference honor roll after scoring twice last week.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. UCF
The Mustangs are 5-8-0 all-time against UCF, but have won the last two regular season meetings. UCF was ranked eighth in the nation when SMU won in Orlando last season, 2-1, and were ranked 19th in 2011 when SMU won, 1-0, on the Hilltop. SMU won three of the first four meetings, winning three straight matches from 1992-94. UCF then rattled off six straight wins in teh series, starting in SMU's first season in the Conference USA in 2006. The most recent meeting came in last year's C-USA Tournament semifinals, a 2-0 victory for the Knights in El Paso, Texas.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
UCF is 13-2-2 (6-0-1) on the season, and is ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA poll, 15th in the Soccer America poll and ninth in the NCAA RPI. UCF is undefeated in its last 13 games, going 11-0-2 in that span. UCF's only two losses came at home to Tennessee on Aug. 30 and at No. 3 Florida State in overtime on Sept. 1. The Knights rank 17th in the nation and second in the conference in scoring, registering 2.47 goals per contest. UCF also leads the league in goals allowed, only surrendering 11 goals all season (0.65 per game).
SMU UPSETS NO. 8 UCF ON THE ROAD, 2-1 (Oct. 7, 2012)
The SMU Mustangs received goals from Olivia Elliott and Rikki Clarke, and goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden had a standout performance in goal as SMU defeated No. 8 UCF, 2-1.
SMU has now beaten the Knights for a second straight year. The Knights were ranked No. 19 when SMU was victorious last season.
Bodden came up with multiple big saves for the Mustangs, and none larger than her save with nine seconds remaining off of a last-minute UCF corner kick. The Knights applied a lot of pressure on the SMU defense as the second half progressed, but the Mustangs held tough. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli gave a lot of credit to the defensive mindset the entire team had.
"Overall, defensively we were able to hold them out," Petrucelli said. "The whole team did a good job of keeping them out, not just Lauryn (Bodden). We settled in and didn't let them past us."
Elliott got SMU on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 17th minute. Elliott found a rebound inside the box and redirected the ball just past UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado. The entire first half was quite evenly played, with both teams exchanging possession fairly equally.
Clarke gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute when she crept the ball inside the far post off a feed from Shelby Redman. The goal was Clarke's third of the season, and Redman's assist gives her 18 points on the season, extending her team-leading total. Bodden posted seven saves, a career-high. Mallory Baum tallied an assist on both of SMU's goals.
UCF cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal from Sophie Howard at the 81:43 mark. Howard found some room outside the top of the box and was able to fire a shot past the otherwise unblemished Bodden.
SENIOR DAY SUNDAY
SMU will honor five players (Amelia Ambrose, Jessica Bartol, Lauryn Bodden, Taylor Robinson and Courtney Smith) before the match on Sunday. The athletes will be recognized (along with their families) about 15 minutes before kickoff.
SMU AIMS TO "KICK OUT CANCER"
SMU will be wearing pink jerseys during Sunday's home finale against UCF, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The jerseys will then be auctioned off in a silent auction before halftime, with the proceeds from the sales (along with individual donations) going to Relay For Life. The first 100 fans in attendance will also receive pink SMU Mustangs t-shirts.
LOOKING AHEAD/CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS
The inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championships will begin with first round games on Oct. 31. The Mustangs enter the final week of regular season play as the seventh seed.
The Mustangs could finish as high as third in the league with wins over both USF and UCF this week. They would also need:
Rutgers to tie UConn and lose to Temple
UConn to tie both Rutgers and Memphis
Cincinnati to lose to Louisville
-Thursday, Oct. 31: #7 seed vs. #10 seed (played at site of #2 seed) ; #8 seed vs. #9 seed (played at site of #1 seed)
-Sunday, Nov. 2: Quarterfinals (at sites of #1 and #2 seeds)
-Friday, Nov. 8: Semifinals
-Sunday, Nov. 10: Championship
NO GOALS FOR YOU!
SMU recorded five shutouts in its first 10 games of the season, marking the first time since 1997 that the Mustangs have done so. That year, SMU went on to a 17-5-1 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
THE 350 CLUB
SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli earned his 350th career win the Mustangs' 6-1 victory over ULM at Westcott Field on Aug. 23. Petrucelli became just the 16th coach in NCAA women's soccer history to total 350 wins. He also ranks ninth among Division I coaches all-time.
200 WINS AT HOME
The Mustangs' win against Sam Houston State (9/16) was the program's 200th home win. SMU is 202-54-17 (.771) all-time at home, and have only lost twice in Dallas since Oct. 16, 2011, compiling a 11-2-2 record during that span. SMU has only had one season with a losing record at home since the program's inception, and has gone undefeated four times - 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2012.
THE BIGGEST THING IN TEXAS
SMU holds an all-time record of 119-25-11 (.803) against teams from the state of Texas, holding a winning mark against all 15 teams the program has played. SMU is 3-1 against Texas teams this season, losing to Baylor (9/1) and beating TCU (9/12), Sam Houston State (9/16) and Houston (10/18).
Taylor Barg (Fr. | MF)
Scored the game-winning goal in SMU's 2-1 win over Houston (10/18)... Scored her first-career goal at Davidson (Sept. 6)... Had two assists vs. Colorado State (8/30); has six helpers on the season, ranking fifth in the American and 64th in the NCAA; she is also tied for eighth among all freshmen in assists...Recorded two assists vs. ULM (8/23)... HONORS: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (10/21).
Jessica Bartol (Sr. | D)
Has two goals on the season, scoring in back-to-back games against Cincinnati (10/6) and at Memphis (10/10)... Also has two assists... Ranks third on the team in points during conference play with four.
Lauryn Bodden (Jr. | GK)
Has two shutouts this season and now has seven for her career... Currently holds a 1.18 goals against average, good for sixth in the American.
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Has five assists on the season, tying her for sixth in the league... Clarke opened with a goal and two assists at home against ULM (8/23)... HONORS: Ranked 14th on Top Drawer Soccer's top 20 American Athletic Conference player rankings... Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
Daphne de Leener (So. | F)
Scored her first career goal vs. Colorado State (8/30).
Briana Gaines (Jr. | F)
Made her first start of the season against Houston (10/18)... Has one goal (vs. ULM, 8/23) and one assist (vs. Colorado State, 8/30).
Kelsey Gorney (Fr. | F)
Has five goals this season (second on the team), including three game-winners, tying her for fourth in the American... Scored the game-winner in SMU's first conference win at Temple (9/29)... HONORS: American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (9/30).
Taylor Jackson (Fr. | D)
Leads SMU in minutes played with 1.311... Has two goals this season, including the game-winner in SMU's 4-0 victory over Colorado State (8/30).
Bari Kesner (Fr. | F)
Scored her first-career goal against Sam Houston State (9/16); also scored SMU's first goal in its 2-1 win over Houston (10/18)... Recorded her first collegiate point with an assist against ULM (8/23).
Rachael Larson (Jr. | D)
Made her first start of the season against TCU (9/12)... Scored the game-tying goal against Arkansas (8/25), making the score 2-2 and sending the match into overtime.
Shannon Moroney (So. | GK)
Has a 4-4-0 record in eight starts, including one solo shutout... Has made 22 saves this season.
Gabrielle Petrucelli (So. | MF)
Notched her first career goal vs. Colorado State (8/30).
Shelby Redman (RS Jr. | F)
Scored the game-winning goal against TCU (9/12)... Redman has eight goals on the year, tying her for sixth in the American and 90th in the NCAA... Redman now has 19 goals in her career, tying her for 17th all-time at SMU... Leads the team with 19 points (8 g, 3 a)... Also leads the team with 54 shots, and is 13th all-time at SMU with 161 career shots... She tied for the team lead in 2012 in goals with 9... HONORS: Ranked seventh on Top Drawer Soccer's American Athletic Conference player rankings... American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (8/26), Preaseason All-Conference (American Athletic Conference coaches' poll), Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
SMU All-Time Goals Leaders
13. Amy Kline 25 1993-96
14. Kim Brown 24 1996-97
15. Kenzie Scovill 22 2009-12
16. Marci Miller 21 1996-97
17. Kristi Anderson 19 1986-89
Shelby Redman 19 2010-Present
SMU All-Time Shots Leaders (Min. 10 Games)
10. Lisa Perry 193 1989-92
11. Olivia O'Rear 191 2003-06
12. Kathy Patterson 163 1986-89
13. Shelby Redman 161 2010-Present
14. Kenzie Scovill 152 2009-12
15. Laura Snyder 145 1996-99
SMU All-Time Shots Per Game Leaders (Min. 10 Games)
6. Courtney Linex 3.02 1992-95
7. Sarah Harvey 2.96 1998-01
8. Leslie Briggs 2.89 2009
9. Kimber Bailey 2.71 2004-07
10. Shelby Redman 2.68 2010-Present
11. Sheryl Jutras 2.67 1986
12. Lisa Perry 2.57 1989-92
Courtney Smith (Sr. | D)
Smith has 10 assists, including two against both Arkansas (8/25) and Sam Houston State (9/16), ranking second in the league and 11th in the NCAA; she is also tied for fifth all-time at SMU and is eighth among all active NCAA players in career assists... Scored twice on set pieces against Louisville (10/3)... Scored her first goal since Nov. 2, 2011 against TCU (9/12)... Ranks second on the team in minutes with 1,274... Smith finished 2012 with 10 assists, tying her for first in the Conference USA and 20th in the NCAA; the 10 assists were the 12th-most in a season in school history and the highest total since Olivia O'Rear also had 10 in 2004... HONORS: Ranked ninth on Top Drawer Soccer's American Athletic Conference player rankings... Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (10/8)... American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (10/7)... Preseason First Team All-Conference (CollegeSportsMadness.com).
SMU All-Time Assists Leaders:
1. Lisa Cole 42 1987-90
2. Kathy Patterson 35 1986-89
3. Melissa Kittner 34 1992-95
Courtney Linex 34 1992-95
5. Jill Heinemann 27 2001-04
Courtney Smith 27 2010-Present
7. Olivia O'Rear 26 2003-06
8. Ryanne Bumps 25 1992-95
9. Danielle Garrett 24 1994-95
10. Danielle Brosseau 23 1994-97