Lady Tigers Roll Over Lady Bucs
Aug. 16, 2006
MEMPHIS -The Lady Tiger soccer team got off to a roaring start in its first exhibition match Wednesday, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of play in route to a 6-0 victory over cross town rival Christian Brothers University.
Each of the first two goals came courtesy of 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year Shoko Mikami. The senior picked up her first goal just over one minute into the contest, heading in a beautiful crossing pass from forward Geneil Newbern. Mikami's second score came on a free kick from 35 feet out.
With a 2-0 lead, head coach Brooks Monaghan began to workout many of the team's reserve players and newcomers. In all, 24 Lady Tigers saw action Wednesday with many of them turning in impressive performances.
Freshman Eliza Wellford had a promising outing in her first collegiate contest, driving to the goal for an unassisted score and extending the Lady Tiger advantage to 3-0 heading into the half.
Most of the starting lineup returned to start the second period, and Memphis picked up another quick goal. Senior midfielder Melissa Savage knocked in Kylie Hayes' corner kick at the 48-minute mark, making the lead 4-0.
Hayes, a 2005 C-USA All-Freshman selection, was active throughout the second half, scoring an unassisted goal to put the Lady Tigers ahead 5-0 and feeding Katy Booth for the final score of the match.
Monahan was pleased with his team's overall performance, but was candid about his squad's room for improvement.
"This was a good chance for us to really utilize most of our players and see where we're at," Monaghan said. "I saw some really good things tonight, but I also saw a lot of things that I think we need to work on."
Memphis will have a tough test Friday against Saint Louis in their final exhibition before the regular season. The Billikens are ranked 27th in the nation in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll. Admission will be free to the public, with the match set for kickoff 7 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.