Memphis Wins Battle With Middle Tennessee 3-2
Sept. 16, 2012
Christabel Oduro netted two goals and Kaitlyn Atkins had two assists to help Memphis to the win.
Memphis had an early chance to take the lead, but a header bounced off the cross bar to end the threat. The Lady Tigers earned a corner kick 53 seconds in and Atkins served the kick into the box where Kelley Gravlin was able to get a header on frame, just glazing off the crossbar.
Middle Tennessee grabbed the lead in the 17th minute with Emily Jorgenson dribbled down the left side and drilled a shot from 10 yards away. Her shot from the left side floated inside the right post for the goal.
Back-to-back corner kicks helped Memphis equalize in the 39th minute. After Atkins' serve was punched over the goal to result in a second corner, she played a quick kick to the top of the box where Kylie Davis fired a shot to the right post for her third goal of the season. Atkins was credited with the assist, her second of the season.
Five minutes later Oduro gave Memphis the 2-1 lead as she slipped past the MTSU defense and buried a shot from 15 yards away. Emily Adamic served the ball into the box and Oduro got to the ball first to finish it for her fourth goal of the season and 23rd of her career, tying her with Vendula Strnadova for fifth place all-time.
The Blue Raiders knotted the score quickly out of the halftime break as Kate Loye netted her first goal of the season in the 51st minute. With rain falling out of the halftime break, Whitney Jorgenson dribbled to the right corner of the field and served the ball inside the box where Loye won the scramble for it and scooted the ball past the end line for the goal.
Oduro netted her second goal of the afternoon in the 68th minute to give Memphis their second lead of the day. Atkins, who earned her second assist on the play, dribbled down the left side and served the ball inside the eight-yard box where Oduro booted it past the MTSU keeper for the go-ahead strike.
Memphis wins back-to-back games for the first time this season and outscored the opposition 8-2 in two matches this weekend. The Lady Tigers improve to 60-18-5 on the home pitch since 2004 with the win. Christa Strickland made two saves and improves to 3-1 on the year.
The Lady Tigers open their final season of play in Conference USA as No. 6 UCF visits Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m.