@MemphisWSoccer Shuts Out Samford, 2-0, in Season Opener
Aug 23, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team (1-0) proved dominant in their season opener winning their seventh-straight home opener in a 2-0 shutout of Samford (0-1) on Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Memphis attacked early as junior Kylie Davis sent a shot just wide a minute and a half into the match. Just over 12 minutes into the contest, Samford looked as if it would take an early lead with nothing standing between the Bulldogs' Taylor Borman and keeper Maryse Bard-Martel. However, some nice defending from sophomore Elysia Masters kept Samford off board.
The Lady Tigers got their first goal of the season five minutes later at the 27:45 mark as junior Nugene Nugent found the right corner of the goal from six yards out to put Memphis up 1-0 with the assist coming from senior Christabel Oduro.
Memphis made goalkeeper Katie Peters continue to work, as Oduro put a shot on goal before the Lady Tigers tacked on another goal with 19:25 to play in the period when junior Kaitlyn Atkins found freshman Valerie Sanderson off a corner kick to push the lead to 2-0.
Memphis added two more shots on goal in the final minutes with shots from Sanderson and junior Nicole Zeidler. Memphis headed into the half holding a 9-0 advantage in shots with five on goal.
Samford attacked early in the second half, hoping to cut into their deficit with five shots in the first seven minutes of the period.
Both teams went without a shot for nearly 35 minutes before Bard-Martel got her first career save at the 85:40 mark off a shot from Malcanisha Kelley. Bard-Martel kept the Bulldogs off the board, helping Memphis record the eighth season-opening shutout win in program history.
The Lady Tigers return to Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Sunday when they host SEC foe Missouri at 1 p.m. Admission is FREE to the match.