Mustangs Take On Tulsa In Regular Season Finale

Go smu! SMU sophomore Shelby Redman is tied for fifth in the C-USA in points.
Go smu!
SMU sophomore Shelby Redman is tied for fifth in the C-USA in points.
Go smu!

Oct. 24, 2012

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SMU Mustangs (8-6-4, 4-2-4 C-USA) vs. Tulsa 10-5-3 (5-3-2 C-USA)
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 | Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium | Tulsa, Okla. | 7 p.m. CT

The Mustangs are 23-3-2 all-time against the Golden Hurricane, and are 9-1-1 in the last 11 contests against Tulsa. The lone loss came in 2008, a 2-1 Tulsa victory. SMU won last season's contest 2-1, with goals coming from Briana Gaines and Olivia Elliott. Courtney Smith also picked up an assist in the game. In 2010, SMU needed a goal from Kenzie Scovill with eight seconds remaining to tie the game at 1-1. The Mustangs won 3-1 in 2009, collecting goals from Scovill and Shelby Hartweck. This game will mark the fifth straight year SMU and Tulsa have met in a regular season finale.

The Last Meeting
October 28, 2011
Tulsa, Okla.
SMU Tops Tulsa 2-1 In Final Regular Season Match
TULSA, Okla.(SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team wrapped up the regular season tonight with a 2-1 win over rival Tulsa at Hurricane Stadium. The win moves the Mustangs to 11-7-1 on the season and 7-3-1 in Conference USA, while Tulsa drops to 10-7-3 overall and 4-5-2 in the league.

Tulsa is 10-5-3 (5-3-2 C-USA) on the season. Tulsa currently sits in fifth in the Conference USA, one point ahead of SMU. Like the Mustangs, Tulsa is riding a five-game unbeaten streak heading into Friday. The Golden Hurricane have not allowed a goal in the last four games, posting clean sheets since a 3-2 road win at Southern Miss on Oct. 7.

Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 46-28-7 in games against league opponents. SMU won the regular season league title in 2006, going 17-5-2 (8-1-0 C-USA) for the year.

Heading into the last regular season game, SMU knows it will be one of eight teams participating in the C-USA Tournament, where the winner automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships. What the Mustangs do not know yet is their seeding the C-USA Tournament. SMU can leave Friday ranked as high as fourth or as low as seventh in the conference.

4th Place
SMU beats Tulsa
East Carolina ties/loses to Marshall
Memphis ties/loses to UAB

5th Place
SMU beats Tulsa
Memphis ties/loses to UAB
East Carolina beats Marshall

6th Place
SMU beats Tulsa
Memphis beats UAB
East Carolina beats Marshall
SMU ties Tulsa
Memphis loses to UAB
East Carolina ties/loses to Marshall

7th Place SMU loses to Tulsa
SMU ties Tulsa
Memphis ties/beats UAB

- Kenzie Scovill scored twice against Memphis on Sunday, marking the second time in 2012 that she's scored twice in a game.
- Scovill now leads the team in goals with nine, which is also good for third in the C-USA. The senior currently ranks 73rd in the nation in scoring.
- Scovill is also tied with Shelby Redman for the team-lead in points with 20. Scovill (9g, 2a) and Redman (7g, 6a) are both tied for fifth in the conference in the category. The duo are the first Mustangs since 2006 to finish with 20-plus points in a season.
- Olivia Elliott's game-winner against Marshall (Oct. 14) 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.

In case of ties between teams (for seeding in the 2012 championship) the following tiebreaker system will be used:
1) Head to head results between tied teams.
2) Goal differenial from all eleven (11) Conference games, using goals scored minus goals scored against.
3) Goals scored against in the eleven (11) Conference games combined.
4) Goals scored in the eleven (11) Conference games combined.
5) If three or more teams are tied, a mini round robin among the tied teams will be utilized.
At any point that the numbers of tied teams are reduced to two, head-to-head compeition would be used as the primary tiebreaker, followed by steps (2) through (4).

SMU currently boasts a 5-0-2 record at home this season, and has outscored its opponents by a margin of 17-5. Dating back to the beginning of 2011, SMU is 12-2-2 in Dallas.

The Mustangs took care of their business on Sunday, tying Memphis and qualifying for the C-USA Tournament. The game also marked SMU's sixth overtime game of the season, tying for the most overtime games SMU has appeared in since 2002 (10).

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Kenzie Scovill scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season against Memphis on Sunday afternoon, but a hard-fought game led to a tough 1-1 draw at Westcott Field.

The result was enough for the Mustangs (8-6-4, 4-2-4 C-USA) to clinch a spot in the Conference USA Tournament, which begins Oct. 31. Memphis (9-7-1, 5-4-1 C-USA) also secured a berth in the postseason.

SMU and Memphis went into halftime tied, but the home team held a 7-2 edge in shots. Memphis came out of the break and quickly took the lead. Conference-leading scorer Christabel Oduro collected the ball on a run to the box and crossed the ball to the opposite post, where Christi Padgett redirected the ball off the near post.

Scovill promptly brought the Mustangs back, scoring off a corner kick by Mallory Baum. Scovill went low for a header by the near post that went just past the outstretched arms of Memphis goalkeeper Christa Strickland.

The Mustangs had another terrific offensive effort, outshooting Memphis 27-10, including 7-0 in overtime. SMU also held the edge in corner kick opportunities, 10-2.

"I thought we played well," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "We'd like to have won, and we're a little disappointed that we didn't. Memphis is a good team, and they made it difficult for us."

Before the contest, the team's five graduating seniors, including Scovill, Baum, Ryanne Lewis, Shelby Hartweck and Meg Stewart, were all celebrated for their careers at SMU. The players also wore pink jerseys that were sold at a silent auction during pre-game through halftime to raise money for Relay For Life and breast cancer research. $1,104 was raised through the event.

SMU will travel to Tulsa for its last regular season game on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.