Own Goal Leads Memphis Past Ole Miss 1-0
Aug. 31, 2004
Oxford, Miss. - The Memphis women's soccer team capitalized on a defensive miscue by Ole Miss in the 84th minute that resulted in an own goal to defeat the Rebels 1-0 before a crowd of 611. The win is the first for Memphis in the series since 2001 and successfully avenges a 7-0 loss to the Rebels last year.
The Rebels, who were ranked #8 in the Central Region by Soccer Buzz and received votes in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 Poll, outshot the Lady Tigers 18-7, including 12-4 in the second half, but were unable to take advantage of any scoring opportunities. The Memphis defense, expected to be a strength of the team this year, lived up to its billing, led by freshman goalkeeper Natalie Haerens, who recorded her second shutout in as many career starts. She made eight saves to preserve the win.
"Natalie played solid tonight, came off the line well, and was good with her feet," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "Although they had more shots than we did, none were really good scoring opportunities."
Three of Memphis's four starting defenders, Jocelyn Raine, Leanne McGee, and Robyn Smart, played the entire game, while Mary Shelton came out in the 69th minute in favor of Courtnee Melton, who had a part in the game-winning goal. Melton played a ball over the top to Carla Scanniello, who then dribbled down the sideline and unleashed a shot. An Ole Miss defender attempted to stop the ball and clear it about five yards in front of the goal, but the ball went off her foot and into the goal at the 83:55 mark.
Memphis, which played just three players off the bench, had only one player take more than one shot and aside from the own goal had only one shot on goal. By contrast, Ole Miss, the defending SEC West Champions which also made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, had 11 different players unleash shots and put eight of their 18 shots on goal. The Rebels also had an edge in corner kicks, taking eight to the Tigers' three. However, most of the Rebels' shots were from outside the box.
"We switched to a 4-5-1 tonight and had our outside midfielders go on attack after we won balls," said Monaghan. "They all did a good job of rotating on the field."
The Lady Tigers, who are now 2-0 for the first time since the 1999 season, will next play in their home opener on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Middle Tennessee State at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.