SMU Mustangs (10-7-1, 6-3-1) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-6-3, 4-4-2)
Oct. 28 - 6 p.m.
Hurricane Stadium - Tulsa, Okla.
SMU vs. TULSA
The Mustangs own a 22-3-2 record all-time against the Golden Hurricane, while the team is 8-2 all-time in Tulsa, Okla. Last season, SMU and Tulsa played to a 1-1 draw in the final regular season match. After giving up a goal in the fourth minute, SMU's Kenzie Scovill scored the game-tying goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
MUSTANGS CHIP AWAY TO BEAT MINERS
After giving up a 34th minute goal to Azia Nicholson, and only generating three shots in the first half, SMU ramped up the pressure in the second half, outshooting UTEP 12-5. Leading the team with four shots on the day, freshman Briana Gaines recorded a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner with just over a minute left in regulation.
SMU DROPS CLOSE MATCH IN COLORADO
Despite goalkeeper Courtney Webb recording a season-high seven saves, including several key stops to keep the Mustangs in the game, Colorado College's 52nd minute strike by Lauren DiGregorio was the difference.
With the team's victory over UTEP, it secured a place in the top half of the field of the 2011 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship. While Memphis and Colorado College have locked down the number one and two seeds, Friday night's results between SMU/Tulsa and UCF/Southern Miss will determine whether the Mustangs will have the third or fourth seed in Memphis, Tenn., next week at the conference tournament.
SHARING THE WEALTH
SMU has scored 25 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 17 assists, 12 different players have tallied at least one, with Courtney Smith leading the team with three.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
Fourteen of the Mustangs 18 games this season have been decided by one goal, with a 15th game resulting in a 3-3 tie. On the year, SMU is 7-7 in games decided by one goal, going 1-5 on the road in those games and 5-3 in conference play. Too add to the drama, the Mustangs have won three games this season by scoring the game-winning goal with under 10 minutes to play, with two occurring in the final two minutes. SMU also tied up the match at Memphis with a goal by Amelia Ambrose with a minute and half left in regulation. Ambrose, Gaines and Smith have scored the late-game winners.
PIRATES SNATCH WIN OVER MUSTANGS
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.
SMITH HALTS HERD
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.
SMU will begin quarterfinal action at the 2011 C-USA Women's Soccer Championship on Nov. 2. The tournament will run from Nov. 2-6.