Memphis Excels In Double Overtime To Beat The Lady Razorbacks
Sept. 2, 2007
Fayetteville, ARK.- The University of Memphis women's soccer team overcame a 1-0 deficit in the first half, to come back and beat the Lady Razorbacks on the road in double overtime. The Lady Tigers won the game 2-1 with about three minutes left on the clock.
Arkansas started off hot early, with a goal in the first half by Rachel Smith.
"During the first half we weren't very happy with our backs. Defensively we struggled and they took advantage," said coach Brooks Monaghan.
Freshman forward Melissa Smith scored the game winning goal, assisted by sophomore forward Victoria Dalton, in double overtime for Memphis. Smith nailed the ball from about 24 yards out to the upper right-hand side of the net to seal the deal. The goal was Smith's second career goal and she is on a two game scoring streak for the Lady Tigers.
In the second half, senior Harumi Someya saw an opening about eight yards out and scored a goal from the far right with an assist from freshman Vendula Strnadova. Someya's goal was her second of the season and her third career.
"Overall, it was a great win, you have to give credit to Arkansas, because they're a solid team, "said Monaghan." "The ladies gave 110% today and we've started the season 2-0, the midfield was exceptional."
The Lady Tigers will travel to Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m., to face LSU in the Long's Electronic Samford Classic. They will play their second game of the Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, as they face the host Samford at 7p.m.