Lady Tigers Equal Win Total From Last Year With 1-0 Shutout of Drury
Sept. 17, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis women's soccer team won its fifth game of the year on Friday with a 1-0 win over the visiting Drury Panthers. The win equals the Tigers win total from all of last season, when they won just five games and improves this season's record to 5-2. It is the fourth shutout of the year for the Tigers as well, surpassing last year's total in that category.
After being shut out for the first time this year on Tuesday night at Mississippi State, the Tigers took little time to get back on the scoreboard as they scored the first goal of the game just 7:58 in. Robyn Smart got the play started with a pass down the sideline to Mary Shelton, who dribbled in toward the goal and toward the center of the field before sending a cross to an oncoming Madison Cheek in the box. Cheek got control of the ball and then beat Drury keeper Charlotte Carter with a shot into the bottom left of the net for her third goal of the season, tied for tops on the team.
The Tigers had several opportunities to score in the second half but were unable to capitalize. These included a couple of one-on-one opportunities with the Drury keeper by Cheek, who had three, and Carla Scanniello. However, Carter made several impressive saves on shots from point blank range to preserve the one-goal deficit. In the game, she made 10 saves while Drury had one team save.
The Tigers outshot the Panthers 19-7 in the game and put 12 of those shots on goal, while Drury had just four shots on goal. Isabel Briones got her first start of the year in goal for the Tigers and recorded her first career shutout while making four saves. The game was a very physical match as well as the teams combined for 32 fouls, 18 on Drury and 14 for the Tigers. The Tigers also received their first two yellow cards of the season after playing their first six games without getting one.
Memphis will now rest up for an entire week after Sunday's scheduled game with Samford was postponed due to Samford shutting down its campus and postponing all athletic events through Sunday due to Hurricane Ivan. The Tigers' next game will be next Friday and it will also be their conference opener as they will take on defending C-USA Tournament champion DePaul at 7:00 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.