Three First Half Goals Help Lady Tigers Top UT-Martin 3-0
Sept. 7, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis scored all three of its goals in the first half, including the last two that came just 15 seconds apart, as the women's soccer team won its second straight game 3-0 over Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday night. The Tigers improve to 3-1 with the win, which was the first game of a four-game homestand.
Freshman Kate Murphy got the Tigers on the scoreboard at the 11:03 mark with her first collegiate goal. Murphy, who recorded an assist in Memphis' first home game last week, attempted to pass the ball into the box from the left side. However, her pass was blocked and deflected back to her, where she was in a better position to shoot. She took the shot and one-timed the ball into the upper left corner of the goal, just out of the reach of Skyhawk goalie Allison Cofer.
Shoko Mikami then scored her fourth goal of the year at 33:46. She was fed a ball that went through the box from Kylie Hayes and Mikami beat Cofer to the bottom left. Freshman Lindsey Joseph was also credited with an assist on the play as she started it by passing the ball to Hayes, who dribbled it down the field before dished to Mikami in the box. Mikami has now recorded a goal in three of Memphis' four games, and it gave her the team lead in goals, for 15 seconds anyway. That is because just 15 seconds later, at the 34:01 mark off the restart of play after Mikami's goal, Hayes put home her fourth goal of the year, as she beat the defense down the field after Memphis took control of the ball off the restart. Freshman Emiko Schwab assisted on the play, putting a pass through the defense to Hayes ahead of the field.
Isabel Briones made three saves to record her second shutout of the year. Cofer made three saves for UT-Martin and Megan Dempsey made two while playing the entire second half. Memphis held a decided advantage in shots at 21-8.
"We did some things well tonight and we proved once again that there are still some things we need to work on," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "The good thing is we got a win and now we have three very tough home games coming up beginning on Sunday with Missouri State."
This was the third straight home shutout for the Tigers dating back to last year. Memphis has now not yielded a goal at home in the last 356:03. The last goal the Tigers allowed at home was against Marquette on October 22 of last year. For the second straight year, Memphis is 3-1 after defeating UT-Martin. The Tigers were also 2-1 last year entering the UT-Martin game.
Memphis returns to action on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. home game vs. Missouri State.