Sanderson Paces @MemphisWSoccer Past FAU, 4-0
Sept. 22, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Freshman forward Valerie Sanderson scored two goals and assisted on another as Memphis (7-2-0) wrapped up its non-conference slated with a 4-0 shutout of Florida Atlantic (2-6-1) on Sunday.
“We were much improved from our last game,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “Our mentality was much improved. We played our style, posession orientated, and when we play our style we are tough to beat. We were able to play a lot of players today and that is valuable to our team moving forward.”
Memphis took the early 1-0 lead off a deflection by the FAU defense. The Owls defender bid to clear the offensive attack, but the attempted deflection in the box put the ball in the corner of the net for an own goal. It was the second own goal by a Memphis opponent this season.
Five minutes later, the Lady Tigers used a goal by Christabel Oduro to grab a 2-0 lead. Freshman forward Valerie Sanderson served the ball to Oduro and the senior striker put it away for her 38th career goal. With 38 career goals and 97 points, Oduro is five goals and points away of tying the school record in each category. Sanderson picked up her second assist of the season on the scoring play.
The Lady Tigers had three other solid opportunities in the first half. FAU goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch made two stops on the three quality chances and a shot by Dainelle Tolmais hit the post. Memphis finished the first half with a 10-1 edge in shots and a 4-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Memphis maintained its force in the game as Sanderson scored two goals in a span of two minutes to double the Lady Tigers lead to 4-0. Tolmais served a cross into to the far post and Sanderson headed it in for the goal, her seventh of the season. Tolmais picked up her third assist with the service into the box.
Just over two minutes later, Sanderson put away a rebound goal and Memphis took the commanding 4-0 lead. Nugene Nugent put a difficult shot on frame, but Zwetsch blocked it from going in. Sanderson raced in and tapped in the rebound goal for her eighth goal in nine games.
With eight goals, Sanderson has tied three players for the fourth-most goals by a freshman in program history. Adding five points in today’s win, Sanderson has 18 on the season to rank fifth among freshman program record marks.
Memphis ended the match with a 15-3 edge in shots and held the Owls to just one shot on goal, compared to the Lady Tigers eight. Freshman goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel made the stop and completed her fourth clean sheet of the season. Bard-Martel’s four shutouts tie her for the second-most by a freshman in program history.
“We’ve wrapped up non-conference and it was a pretty successful run,” Monaghan said. “We’ve set high expectations for this team and I feel we are prepared to start conference play.”
The Lady Tigers travel to Louisville on Friday to open American Athletic Conference play. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT).