Oduro's Winner Nets @MemphisWSoccer 1-0 Win at Western Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN, K.Y. - Christabel Oduro netted her third goal of the season and Maryse Bard-Martel posted her second career shutout as Memphis (4-1-0) defeated Western Kentucky (1-2-2) 1-0 at the WKU Soccer Complex on Sunday.
"We talked about picking up the pace at halftime and that paid off," Monaghan said. "Western Kentucky is a tough place to play because their pitch is a little bit smaller. They do a great job of keeping their defenders compact and making it difficult to move the ball forward. We're happy to come away with a victory."
Western Kentucky tested freshman goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel in the fifth minute. Caitlin Hesse put the shot on target, but Bard-Martel made the stop. In the 16th minute, Christabel Oduro nearly punched a goal over the Western Kentucky keeper, but the keeper punched the ball away just before Oduro got her foot on it.
In the scoreless first half, Memphis out-shot the Hilltoppers 7-3, but just two of the seven shots were on goal. Kelley Gravlin's shot in the 20th minute and a shot by Honey Heydari in the 41st minute were both saved by Nora Abolins.
The Hilltoppers challenged Bard-Martel just over five minutes into the second half, but she made the stop on WKU's second shot on goal. The Lady Tigers picked up the pace of the attack after the 60th minute as Oduro and Kaitlyn Atkins put shots on frame. Abolins continued her strong play in goal picking up two more saves to keep the game scoreless.
Atkins picked up her third assist of the season in the 61st minute. Atkins served a cross into the box and Oduro spun a header to the back of the net. Oduro picks up her third goal of the season and 35th of her career. With the two points scored on the goal, Oduro moves closer to the career point record with 91 points, 11 shy of Kylie Hayes' record of 102.
Memphis had two shots, both wide of the target, after Oduro's goal. Western Kenucky countered with two shots of their own, but Memphis escaped a scare in the final seconds. Off a corner kick with two second remaining, Iris Dunn put a shot toward goal, but Bard-Martel made the stop to preserve the victory.
"Maryse made a big time save the last play of the game," Monaghan said. "They didn't have many chances, but she made a big time save in the last seconds. She stepped up when she had to and made the great save."
Bard-Martel finished with three saves to complete her second career shutout. Abolins had four saves on the afternoon as Memphis out-shot WKU 15-6 with a 5-3 shots on goal edge. Oduro had three shots in the match, two on goal to pace the Lady Tigers offense.
"Alabama is always a great team," Monaghan said. "We'll have our hands full and will have to have a great week of practice. We'll have to be at our best to have a chance to win."
Memphis returns to Mike Rose Soccer Complex for their lone home game of September. The Lady Tigers face Alabama on Friday with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.