Memphis Routs UALR 4-0
Aug. 28, 2009
Memphis, Tenn. -
The 25th-ranked University of Memphis women’s soccer team upended Arkansas-Little Rock 4-0 Friday at Echles Field with the help of four different Lady Tiger goal scorers.
“You are always concerned about slipping after a big win,” said Head Coach Brooks Monaghan. “We talked about that a lot this week at practice, beating it in their head. Again, we got the job done. There are things we need to work on. The biggest thing is consistency of our work rate for 90 minutes. The next game after the big one is big. Overall I am pleased that we got the result but there are always things to work on.”
Sophomore forward Lizzy Simonin opened up the scoring in the 7th minute giving the Lady Tigers the early 1-0 lead. Simonin connected on her 10th career goal from 15 yards out with the keeper out of the net. Junior midfielder Vendula Strnadova chalked up her first assist of the season on Simonin’s goal. Simonin closed the game with two shots on goal on five total shots, the game-winning goal and two assists.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Simonin said. “We worked hard in practice this week and we came out with a big win. The opponent wasn’t as good as LSU but we got the win."
Junior forward Ashley Berra connected on her second goal of the season in the 24th minute on a midfield assist from Lizzy Simonin. Berra netted the goal from 10 yards out one versus one with UALR goalkeeper Jane Picarelli. The Cordova, Tenn. native finished with four shots, two of which were on goal.
Sophomore midfielder Julia Ignacio netted her first goal of the 2009 season in the 29th minute giving the Lady Tigers the 3-0 halftime advantage. Ignacio scored her first career goal on a rebound off a shot of Simonin. Ignacio finished the game with two shots, both of which were on goal.
Strnadova connected on her second goal of the season in the 61st minute giving the Lady Tigers the 4-0 lead. Senior midfielder Laura Laufenberg assisted on the goal off of a corner kick. Strnadova finished the game with one goal, one assist, five shots and two shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters posted her second shutout of the season and her sixth career shutout. Kuhar-Pitters recorded a back-to-back shutout for the first time since the 2008 C-USA Tournament wins over UAB and UCF.
The Lady Tigers defense held UALR to one shot on the game that was saved by Kuhar-Pitters. The Lady Tigers dominated the shots on goal in the game by a margin of 14-1 and total shots 26-1. Friday marked the first time the Lady Tigers have recorded 25 or more shots in a game since October 1, 2006 against Marshall.
“The girls have been working so hard on defense out there,” junior defender Kelsey Bakker said. “It helps because we have a really good offense going forward, so that is good competition and that helps during practice. We showed it on the field.”
“I thought the defense did a great job, but you know overall at times I thought we were a bit stagnant,” Monaghan said. “First of all, we took care of business and got the win and that is what it is really about. We talked to them at half, and even though we had a nice lead, every time you step on the field you want to get better and you want to play with the same intensity no matter who you are playing. I thought we struggled with that a little bit. We picked it up in the second half. It was great to get everybody on tonight. A win is a win; you take it and move forward.”
The Lady Tigers return to action next Friday night, Sept. 4, hosting Ole Miss at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Kick-off is set for 7 pm.