@MemphisWSoccer Rolls Alabama, 6-0
Sept. 13, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team (5-1-0) had little trouble in taking down their second SEC opponent of the season with a 6-0 victory over Alabama (1-5-0) to capture the program's 100th win since 2007 and join 11 other programs with that prestige.
With the 6-0 win, Memphis secured its largest defeat over an SEC team since beating the Crimson Tide 4-0 at home back in 2010.
Memphis went up 1-0 early in the period with senior Christabel Oduro notching her fourth goal of the season at the 9:32 mark by bringing keeper Emily Rusk out and pushing it past Rusk as she dove for the save.
Alabama put two shots on goal in the opening 15 minutes with shots from Sophie Campise and Mia Jahr but each were saved by goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel.
At the 18:20 mark, the Lady Tigers struck again with a free kick by Marissa Duguay that resulted in an own goal after going off the head of a Crimson Tide defender to push the Memphis advantage to 2-0.
In the 36th minute, Memphis escaped a threat from Alabama from a shot that hit off the crossbar and fell just in front of Bard-Martel for a save.
Less than three minutes later, the Lady Tigers stretched their lead even further off a free kick from Kaitlyn Atkins, which resulted in an attempt from Duguay that deflected off the Alabama keeper and went in on the second kick.
At the half, Memphis held an 8-6 advantage in shots while Alabama held an advantage in shots on goal, 5-4.
Out of the break, the Lady Tigers struck in the 47th minute with Oduro sending a ball from the left side to the far post for her fifth career multiple-goal match to put Memphis up 4-0. Her second score gave her 95 career points, passing assistant coach Jodi Grant's second place career scoring mark. Oduro now has 36 career goals, ranking second all-time, seven shy of Kylie Hayes' record.
Shelby Church came in at goalkeeper for the Crimson Tide in the 56th minute, saving a shot from Valerie Sanderson. The freshman forward regrouped quickly to notch her fifth goal of the season after crossing in the middle of the box off a pass from Cassady and Kaitlyn Atkins for a 6-0 lead.
The Lady Tigers held a 16-14 shot advantage with Bard-Martel besting her career high in saves from five to nine. Bard-Martel recorded her third shutout of the season to tie for fourth among freshman goalkeepers in a season. Bard-Martel is the first goalkeeper to post back-to-back shutouts since Elise Kuhar-Pitters achieved the feat in 2011.
Memphis returns to action Sunday when it faces another SEC foe in Ole Miss at 7 p.m. in Oxford.