Women's Soccer Wins Third Straight With 1-0 Win Over Evansville
Sept. 26, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Senior co-captain Mary Shelton scored her first goal of the season with just over five minutes remaining in the game to break a scoreless tie and give the Memphis women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Evansville on Sunday afternoon in their final non-conference game of the year. The win is the third straight for Memphis, a season high, and improves the Tigers' record to 7-2 on the year.
The Tigers had countless opportunities to get on the scoreboard prior to Shelton's goal, as they outshot Evansville 29-10 in the game, and 17-3 in the first half, but they were unable to capitalize. Vicki Greenwell led Memphis with a team-high six shots while Melissa Savage had five and Carla Scanniello four. However, Memphis put just ten of those 29 shots on goal and Evansville keeper Whitney Raeon made eight saves.
Finally, at the 84:14 mark, Memphis finally found a hole in the Purple Aces' defense as Monica Powell beat her defender down the endline on the right side of the goal. She made a crossing pass in front of the goal, where Shelton was there waiting to head it into the upper left corner of the goal.
Natalie Haerens made five saves in goal for the Tigers to record her fourth shutout of the year and her sixth win. The shutout is the fifth on the season for the team.
"Evansville always seems to play us tough and this year was no different," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "It could have been a two or three-goal game in our advantage in the first half but they hung in there and generated some chances of their own. I am happy that we finally finished a chance late in the game and this gives us a good confidence boost going into full-swing conference play on a three-game winning streak."
The Tigers end the month of September with a 7-2 record, by far the most wins ever in that month and with their best start to a season ever. They will begin the month of October next weekend with a two-game trip to Texas to take on TCU on Friday and Houston on Sunday.