Barrett and Hayes Lead Tigers Past Mississippi State 2-1
Sept. 16, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - Freshman forward Kylie Hayes scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Caroline Barrett with just under seven minutes to play in the second half to lead Memphis to a 2-1 win over visiting Mississippi State. With her goal, Hayes becomes the first player in school history to score a goal in five consecutive games, passing the previous record of four straight games with a goal set by Meredith Smith in 1996. Memphis improves to 5-2 with the win and finishes its four-game homestand with a 3-1 record.
Both Barrett and Hayes each recorded a goal and an assist in the win, as Hayes helped set up Barrett's goal in the first half that made it 1-0 in favor of the Tigers. At the 23:58 mark, Nicky McLeod's initial shot was saved by Bulldog keeper Emily Meyers. However, after the ball bounded around in front of the net, McLeod passed it to Hayes, whose header was rejected by Meyers but deflected to Barrett in front of the goal, who put it away for her third goal of the year, which surpasses both her goal and point total from last season.
The Bulldogs would even things up, however, a little under 10 minutes later as Marlyce Stein scored her first goal of the year to make it 1-1. She was served a ball from just beyond midfield by Sara Moore. The pass went right through the Memphis defense and directly to Stein, who had beaten her defender. Stein then beat Memphis keeper Isabel Briones one-on-one for the goal.
Memphis had a few close calls in the second half as the Bulldogs continually put pressure on the Tiger defense, however they were able to dodge all of the attempts. The score remained 1-1 until the 83:14 mark. After a Mississippi State corner kick, the Tigers took possession up the left side of the field. Barrett dribbled up the sideline before reversing to midfield and dribbling past the midfield line. From there, she passed the ball up front to Hayes, who was able to free herself from a Bulldog defense that had her heavily marked for most of the game, limiting her to just two shots. She made one of them count, however, beating Meyers for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
"We are obviously happy with the win," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "It wasn't the prettiest of wins but we'll take it. Mississippi State put pressure on us with their offense all night long and could have had more than one goal. They are a good team and are close to becoming a very good team."
Briones needed to make six saves to record the win in goal for the Tigers. Memphis outshot the Bulldogs 15-13. Memphis travels to Middle Tennessee on Sunday for a 2:00 game.
Postgame Notes: Shoko Mikami's string of three straight games with a goal ended ... Memphis broke a two-game losing streak against the Bulldogs ... The meeting was the 11th all-time between the two schools, the most-played non-conference series for Memphis.