Oct. 30, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
The SMU Mustangs will take on Temple in the first round of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championships. The match will kickoff at 6 p.m. CT on Friday. The winner will advance to play regular season champion UCF in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon. Both the first round and quarterfinal matches will be played at UCF (Orlando, Fla.). With two wins, SMU would remain in Orlando for the semifinals on Nov. 8 and championship in Nov. 10, which is planned to be broadcast online on ESPN3. SMU finished the regular season with three home matches, going 1-1-1 during the stretch.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. TEMPLE
SMU and Temple met for the first time on Sept. 29, with the Mustangs earning a 1-0 victory. SMU played a total of six teams for the first time this season - ULM, Colorado State, South Carolina, Temple, Louisville and USF. SMU finished 3-2-1 this season against first-time opponents, also beating ULM (8/23) and Colorado State (8/30).
ABOUT THE OWLS
Temple finished the season 6-11-1 (1-8-0), but lost its last eight matches. Temple started the year on a four-game win streak, shutting out each and outscoring them by a total of 8-0. The Owls picked up their lone league win against Houston in a 2-0 decision on Sept. 26. Temple is led by standout goalkeeper Suani Kerkhoff, who ranks third in the league in save percentage (.800), fifth in goals against average (1.25) and first in saves (92).
MUSTANGS TOP TEMPLE, 1-0, ON GORNEY GOAL (Sept. 29)
The SMU Mustangs picked up their first American Athletic Conference victory by defeating Temple 1-0 at the Ambler Soccer Field. Freshman Kelsey Gorney scored the lone goal while Lauryn Bodden picked up the shutout.
SMU outshot the Owls 15-3, including a 6-0 advantage in the second half.
Gorney got the Mustangs on the board in the 53rd minute, poking one home after receiving a cross from Courtney Smith. Rikki Clarke also recorded an assist on Gorney's fifth goal of 2013. Gorney is second on the team in scoring, and showed yet again how big of a role she can play in the SMU offense.
"She's really active and she's around the ball a lot, and that's how she's scored her goals" Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said.
SMU dominated the first half, tallying nine shots with three on goal. None of the scoring chances were converted into goals, however, with Temple goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff recording three saves in a scoreless first half.
Smith's assist gives her eight for the season, and moves her into a tie for seventh all-time at SMU with 25 in her career. Smith also had four shots with two on target. Shelby Redman (three) and Taylor Barg (two) were the other Mustangs with multiple shots. Bodden's shutout was her second in two starts this season and the seventh of her career.
Smith and Clarke are first and second on the team in assists, and their contributions have been critical to SMU's attack all season.
"A lot of our attack comes from Courtney in the back and Rikki through the middle," Petrucelli said. "We need them to keep putting balls in dangerous places."
Petrucelli liked what he saw from his offense on Sunday, but appreciated his defense even more.
"We won the game because we didn't give up goals," Petrucelli said. "We're excited about the progress our defense has made."
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 202-55-18 (.767) all-time at home. 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).
MUSTANGS "KICK OUT CANCER", RAISE MONEY FOR RELAY FOR LIFE ON SENIOR DAY
SMU wore pink jerseys during its home finale on Oct. 27 against No. 19 UCF, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The jerseys were auctioned off in a silent auction during the game, with all proceeds benefitting Relay For Life. In total, the team helped raise $1,220 for breast cancer research.
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, tying for eighth in the American... 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 three shutouts this season and now has seven for her career... Currently holds a 1.03 goals against average, good for second in the American.
RIKKI CLARKE (Jr. | MF)
Has five assists on the season... 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 1.503... 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 ninth in the American... 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 12th all-time at SMU with 166 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. Shelby Redman 166 2010-Present
13. Kathy Patterson 163 1986-89
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. Shelby Redman 2.72 2010-Present
10. Kimber Bailey 2.71 2004-07
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 third in the league and 16th in the NCAA; she is also tied for fifth all-time at SMU and is tied for eighth among all active NCAA players in career assists; Holds the SMU record for defenders, and is currently first among all active defenders in assists; became the first player in school history to record consecutive double-digit assist seasons... 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 1,474... Smith finished 2012 with 10 assists, tying her for first in the Conference USA and 20th in the NCAA... 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