Offense Held in Check as Tigers Fall to SEMO 1-0 in Double Overtime
Sept. 25, 2005
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Nicole Bussman scored the only goal of the game with just 44 seconds remaining in double overtime and the Memphis offense was held in check for the first time this year as Southeast Missouri State topped Memphis 1-0 on Sunday evening. The loss drops the Tigers to 6-3 on the year entering Conference USA play, which begins this Friday night.
"We created enough chances to win but we didn't finish them and we really didn't create enough for an overall game," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "We had three great chances and didn't finish them. They had only five shots and they scored off one of our mistakes. We weren't sharp enough defensively either."
Despite outshooting the Redhawks 13-5, including 9-1 in the first half, the Tigers were unable to put one through the pipes. SEMO had just one shot each in the first and second half and the first overtime, and two shots in the second overtime. But they made the final one count.
As the Tigers were on their offensive side ofthe field attempting to put on the offensive pressure with less than a minute to play, the Redhawks sent out a long clearing kick that went onto Memphis' side of the field. Tiger goalkeeper Isabel Briones came off of her keeper line to attempt to field the ball and play it back to the SEMO side of the field. However, Bussman beat Briones to the ball and sent a shot from about 30 yards out that found its way into the net for the only score of the game.
The Redhawks did have an advantage in corner kicks, getting 11 to the Tigers' six. Briones made two saves in the loss. Memphis put just five of its shots on goal while SEMO only managed to put three of its five shots on goal. The Tigers played just 14 players the entire game, a season low.
This was the final non-conference game of the year for the Tigers. Memphis will open Conference USA play on Friday when it hosts Tulane at 7:00 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Postgame Notes: This is the first time this year that Memphis has been shut out ... Kylie Hayes' streak of six straight games with a goal ended ... This was the Tigers' first overtime match of the year ... They played in two overtime matches last year, going 1-1 in them, winning at home and losing on the road ... Memphis just missed equaling last year's best start ever through nine games. The Tigers were 7-2 through nine games last year ... This year's nine-game record of 6-3 is still the second-best record in program history through nine games.