Women's Soccer

Mustangs To Face Rice In First Round Of C-USA Tournament On Wednesday

Go smu! Shelby Redman finished the regular season with 22 points (8g, 6a), which leads all Mustangs.
Go smu!
Shelby Redman finished the regular season with 22 points (8g, 6a), which leads all Mustangs.
Go smu!

Oct. 29, 2012

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SMU ALL-TIME VS. RICE
SMU is 11-6-1 all-time against the Owls. Rice has had the upper-hand in recent matchups, however, winning four of the last five meetings. Most recently, Rice defeated SMU in Houston on an 86th minute goal by Holly Hargreaves on Sept. 23.The two teams faced each other in last season's Conference USA Tournament, a 2-1 Rice 2OT win. SMU scored first in that game, a 32nd-minute free kick goal from Courtney Smith. Rice tied the game in the 70th minute and eventually won in the 101st minute. That game marked twostraight postseason meetings between the two schools, with SMU advancing past the Owls in the 2010 C-USA Tournament on penalty kicks after overtime.

ABOUT THE OWLS
Rice finished the season as Co-Conference USA Champions with Colorado College. Both schools boasted 8-2-1 records in conference play, but Colorado College held the tiebreaker over Rice. The Owls hold an 11-6-3 record overall. Rice has only lost once in its last seven matches (5-1-1), with the defeat coming at the paws of the Colorado College Tigers. The Owls are led offensively by Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes, who have nine goals each. Rice's goaltender Amy Czyz is one of only six players in the C-USA with a sub-1.000 goals against average. Lauren LaGro, a senior Owls defender, was given C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for Oct. 29.

SMU ALL-TIME IN C-USA PLAY
Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, SMU is 46-29-7 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.

(PREVIOUS MEETING - SEPT. 23) MUSTANGS FALL AT RICE, 3-2
Holly Hargreaves scored a goal for Rice in the 86th minute as the Owls defeated SMU 3-2 at Rice Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

SMU drops to 4-5-1 (0-1-1 C-USA) on the season. Rice improves to 5-4-2 (2-0-0).

Shelby Redman helped the Mustangs avoid another slow start by putting SMU on the board first at the 13 minute mark. The sophomore received a throw-in from Courtney Smith, and dribbled the ball to about 18 yards out and fired it past the keeper inside the near post.

Rice quickly tied the contest and then took the lead by the 21st minute, on two goals from Lauren Hughes.

Kenzie Scovill answered for the Mustangs in the 29th minute, with an 18-yard shot from the middle of the field that was out of the reach of Rice goalkeeper Amy Czyz. Freshman Lissi Lonsberry was double-teamed in the box, but with her back facing the goal, was able to find Scovill who found just enough daylight through the defense tuck the ball inside the left corner of the goal.

SMU Head Coach Chris Petrucelli knows that as conference play rolls on, his team needs to earn better results. Late-game situations have also been tough on the Mustangs, now losing three games this season with goals coming against them in the final four minutes of regulation or overtime.

"We've got to defend better," Petrucelli said. "If they score three, we need to have four."

SMU changed goalies at halftime, putting in freshman Shannon Moroney in relief of Lauryn Bodden. The duo combined for seven saves in the game.

NOTES FROM RECENT CONTESTS
Shelby Redman scored SMU's lone goal against Tulsa in the season finale. Redman now leads the team in points with 22 (8g, 6a).
Kenzie Scovill scored twice against Memphis on Oct. 21, 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 CUSA. The senior currently ranks 73rd in the nation in scoring.
• Redman (22 pts.) and Scovill (20) 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.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (AND WORKING OVERTIME)
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).

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT (FROM C-USA)
UTEP is hosting this year's eight-team tournament in El Paso, Oct. 31-Nov. 4. This year's tournament begins Wednesday with first-round matches at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). Semifinals will be played Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. MDT. The championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 4 at Noon MST and will be aired live on the CBS Sports Network. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed through the C-USA All-Access package. Conference USA's official website, www.ConferenceUSA.com, will provide updates, box scores and recaps from all seven matches. There will also be updates on Conference USA's official Facebook page and Twitter account @ConferenceUSA1.

LIVE STATS AND STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR ALL SMU HOME GAMES
Fans can watch games or track statistics from home online at SMUMustangs.com all season long for home games at Westcott Field. By downloading the SMU Mustangs app in for iPhone or on the Android Marketplace, fans can also follow the action from their mobile device.

MUSTANGS DROP SEASON FINALE AT TULSA, 2-1
SMU Mustangs sophomore Shelby Redman scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to tie the score at 1-1, but a second half goal by Tulsa led to a 2-1 Mustangs loss on Friday night at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.

Redman's goal was her eighth of the season and gives her a team-leading 22 points. The sophomore made a shifty move past a Tulsa defender who had to trip Redman in order to prevent the easy goal. The Mustangs dropped to 8-7-4 (4-3-4 C-USA) and will head into the Conference USA Tournament as the seventh seed. Tulsa (11-5-3, 6-3-2 C-USA) will be the fifth seed.

SMU was looking to improve its seeding and gain some confidence heading into the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday, but was unable to accomplish either.

"We didn't gain any momentum, that's for sure," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "We got outplayed tonight. We'll have to play better if we want to keep playing."

The Mustangs had a couple opportunities to force a tie in the closing moments of the game. SMU had corner kicks from either side of the goal in the late stages, but were not able to produce the tying marker.

Tulsa took the lead in the 69th minute on a goal from Stephanie Aitken, her sixth of the season. Aitken redirected a shot from Jordan O'Brien right in front of the goal, leaving SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden with no way to make the save. Bodden did make a career-high eight stops in the contest.

SMU will travel to El Paso, Texas, to the campus of UTEP on Tuesday in preparation for its first round game in the C-USA Tournament on Wednesday. Game time and opponent are to be determined.

 

 

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