Nov. 2, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
The SMU Mustangs will take on No. 17 UCF at noon CT on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championships. SMU defeated Temple, 3-0, on Friday night to advance out of the first round. The Mustangs received goals from Rikki Clarke and Taylor Barg, and also capitalized on an own goal, for the win. Sunday's match will mark the second time in a week that the two squads have played, with UCF taking a 1-0 victory in Dallas on Oct. 26.
SMU ALL-TIME VS. UCF
The Mustangs are 5-9 all-time against UCF, most recently dropping a tough 1-0 decision to the Knights in SMU's regular season finale at Westcott Field on Oct. 27. The Mustangs had won the previous two regular season matchups, defeating the 19th-ranked Knights 1-0 in 2011 and then again when UCF was ranked eighth last October, a 2-1 win for SMU in Orlando. UCF and SMU met in the Conference USA semifinals last season, with the Knights taking a 2-0 victory on their way to a C-USA Championship. SMU won three of the first four meetings between the two squads, taking three straight wins from 1992-94.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
UCF won the American Athletic Conference regular season title, capping off an undefeated 8-0-1 league mark with a 1-0 win on the Hilltop against SMU on Oct. 27. Overall, UCF went 15-2-2 on the year, only dropping matches to Tennessee and at No. 3 Florida State in overtime. UCF has gone unbeaten in its last 15 games, dating back to Sept. 6.
SMU DROPS TIGHT 1-0 MATCH TO NO. 19 UCF ON SENIOR DAY (Oct. 27)
The SMU Mustangs and No. 19 UCF Knights evenly for most of the 90 minutes of action, but UCF's lone goal at the beginning of the second half was enough to give the Knights a 1-0 win at Westcott Field.
After a scoreless first half that featured just five total shots, UCF got on the board quickly in the second frame with a goal by Kayla Adamek. Adamek received a cross from Tatiana Coleman and directed it past SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden from about five yards out.
The Mustangs appeared to have an edge early, providing the game's first two scoring chances. A corner kick by Courtney Smith bounced in the box before Shelby Redman found it near the left post. Redman took a shot at goal, but a UCF defender got in the way to set up another SMU corner. Taylor Barg would take the corner from the left of the goal, leading to a shot from Rikki Clarke at the top of the box that was saved by Knights goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado.
SMU had a couple of great chances to tie the game after UCF took the lead. In the 78th minute, Smith retrieved the ball on the left flank and made a move toward the center of the field. The left-footed defender took a right-footed shot toward the far top corner, but Maldonado was able to get her fingertips on the ball to deflect it away from danger. In the 84th minute, Shelby Redman was able to take the ball down the left side and get all the way to end line, where she popped a ball up into the center of the box for Kelsey Gorney, who contacted the ball up in the air. The ball arced up and fell down off the crossbar back into play, away from any SMU attackers.
Prior to the match, five SMU seniors were honored during Senior Day ceremonies. Amelia Ambrose, Jessica Bartol, Taylor Robinson, Smith and Bodden were all recognized and joined on the field by family and friends.
With a win, the Mustangs would advance to the semifinals to take on the winner of the matchup between fifth-seeded USF and fourth seed UConn on Friday at 4 p.m. CT.
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.
REDMAN NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
SMU junior Shelby Redman was named to the CoSida Academic All-District Second Team, the organization announced Thursday.
Redman, an advertising major, boasts a 3.44 GPA and leads SMU with eight goals and 19 points in 17 starts this season. Redman has tallied two game-winning goals this season, clinching victories against TCU on Sept. 12 and against Cincinnati on Oct. 6.
Redman has been climbing the all-time goal scoring list at SMU, and is currently tied for 17th in program history with 19 career goals. Redman leads SMU with 59 shots this season, and is 12th in career shots at SMU with 166.
The junior was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Aug. 26 after scoring three goals in two games against ULM and Arkansas. Redman was also named to the preseason all-conference team, and is currently rated as the seventh-best player in the American according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Taylor Barg (Fr. | MF)
Scored in her first career post-season game against Temple (11/1)... 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 four shutouts this season and now has seven for her career... Finished the regular season with a 1.03 goals against average, good for second in the American.
Rikki Clarke (Jr. | MF)
Tallied her second goal of the season in the first round of the conference tournament against Temple (11/1)... Scored 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 1.586... 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: Academic All-District Second Team... 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 167 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. Kimber Bailey 2.71 2004-07
10. Shelby Redman 2.69 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 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