Lady Tigers Open Season With 4-0 Win Over Alabama A&M
Aug. 29, 2004
Huntsville, Ala. - The Memphis women's soccer team opened up the 2004 season with a 4-0 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon on the road. Continuing the trend of the two preseason games, the Lady Tigers received three of their four goals on the afternoon from freshmen.
The Tigers, who defeated the Bulldogs last year as well, wasted little time in taking the lead, as freshman Carla Scanniello, who scored two goals in the exhibition season, netted her first goal that counts just 5:37 into the game off an assist from Susannah Dawells. Following an Alabama A&M foul, Dawells took a free kick from about 35 yards out that was mishandled by the Bulldog goalkeeper. Scanniello was there to clean up the mistake and give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.
Scanniello then benefitted from another Alabama A&M mishandle to net her second goal of the game at 27:05. While the Tigers were on the attack, she kicked what was intended to be a crossing pass toward the goal. However, an AAMU defender miskicked it trying to clear it away, giving Scanniello the goal and the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
After over 50 minutes of scoreless soccer following Scanniello's second goal, the Tigers added to their lead at the 81:34 mark. Annika Moller dribbled through the defense on a breakaway and unleashed a shot that was saved the AAMU keeper. However, she was unable to gain control of the ball and Madison Cheek put the rebound through the pipes for a 3-0 UM advantage. The Tigers then wrapped up the scoring a little more than two minutes later as another freshman, Caroline Barrett, took a pass from fellow freshman Vicki Greenwell and chipped the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper and into the net.
Continuing the theme of newcomers making contributions in the first game of the season, freshman Natalie Haerens earned a shutout in her collegiate debut in goal, making five saves in the effort. The Tigers outshot the Bulldogs 22-5 in the game.
"I give the players credit because they won the game," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "We are happy that we won but we must continue to improve. We will have to play better to compete with Ole Miss."
The Lady Tigers will play their second game of the season on Tuesday night at Ole Miss at 7:00 p.m.