Lady Tigers Defeat 25th Ranked LSU 2-0
Aug. 21, 2009
Memphis, Tenn. -
Junior midfielder Vendula Strnadova netted a goal in the 16th minute to lead the University of Memphis women's soccer team past 25th ranked LSU 2-0 Friday night in Baton Rouge, La.
"I think it's a great way to start the season," head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "LSU is a quality program and it's a bonus to get a win over a team like this. It was a complete team effort and I am extremely proud of the way we played. We were very composed throughout the game. It is hard to mention just one player tonight since it was a complete team effort. This is a glimpse of what we have to look forward to this season."
Strnadova scored the game-winning goal from 20 yards out, directly in front of the net. Julia Ignacio and Lizzy Simonin assisted on the goal. Strnadova recorded five shots on the game with four shots on goal.
Junior forward Ashley Berra scored the second goal, unassisted, for the Lady Tigers in the 24th minute giving the Lady Tigers the 2-0 lead. Berra beat LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom one-on-one from 12 yards out.
Memphis came out energized in the first half, getting off four shots in the first ten minutes of the match. The Lady Tigers defensive cast shutdown the LSU offensive attack in the first half, only allowing two shots. LSU had five shots on the game with none reaching goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters. Kuhar-Pitters played all 90 minutes in goal and recorded her fifth career shutout.
"The defense stepped up and we challenged LSU tonight," Monaghan said. "I was very happy with the way we shut them down. They had no shots on goal and that is a testament to the defenders play tonight. "
The loss for LSU marked their first loss since 1997 in home openers. Memphis improves to 9-6-0 in season openers and has won the last six season openers. The Lady Tigers have now posted a record of 9-6-1 against SEC competition in the past four seasons.
"This is a great start to get a big win over a great program like LSU," Monaghan said. "It's a great way to start and we have a lot of things to work on. It is very important to continue working because we have a tough schedule ahead of us."
The Lady Tigers return to Mike Rose Soccer Complex Aug. 28 for the home opener against Arkansas-Little Rock with kick-off set for 7 pm. UALR defeated Murray State Friday, 2-0 earning its first win of the season.