Blue Raiders Rally in Second Half to Top Lady Tigers 2-1
Sept. 5, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis women's soccer team scored an early goal in the first half to take a 1-0 lead that held for most of the game but Middle Tennessee State scored two late goals, both by Danielle LaDuke, the game-winner coming with under a minute to play, to top the Tigers 2-1 in the home opener for Memphis on Sunday afternoon.
Although the Blue Raiders had more scoring chances in the first half, it was the Tigers that came out of the half on top. At 17:06, Susannah Dawells scored directly off a corner kick to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Taking the kick from the left side, she tucked it just inside the upper right corner of the goal for her first goal of the season as well as her first career goal. The senior co-captain from Manchester, England had recorded five assists but no goals in her first three years at Memphis.
The goal would stand up until the 75th minute, due in part to the steady play of freshman Natalie Haerens in goal, who had recorded shutouts in her first two games. In the 32nd minute, she made a save at point blank range on Laura Miguez right in front of the goal, closing the distance between her and Miguez very quickly. With 12:18 left in the first half, Holly Grogan hit the post with a shot but it was cleared away by the Memphis defense before any damage could be done.
The Blue Raiders finally broke though at the 74:54 mark, as LaDuke put in a rebound off her own shot that was saved by Haerens, again at point blank range.
The Tigers nearly took the lead twice after LaDuke's first goal. First, with about ten and a half minutes to play, Carla Scanniello had a one-on-one opportunity with MTSU keeper Jenny Manis, but her shot was saved by a diving Manis. Then, with just under five minutes to play, Caroline Barrett had a breakaway and was able to take a shot just before the defender closed near her but her shot was high.
At the 89:18 mark, LaDuke took a pass through the box from Debs Brereton and beat Haerens to the bottom right to give the Blue Raiders the win.
Middle Tennessee outshot the Tigers 24-11 on the afternoon but only nine of those shots were on goal. Haerens made seven saves in just her third collegiate game. Memphis had only two fewer shots on goal than MTSU, seven, and Manis made six saves.
The Lady Tigers will attempt to get back into the win column as they travel to Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. game.