Missed Opportunities Cost Memphis in 2-1 Loss at UTEP
Sept. 26, 2010
EL PASO, Texas – Missed opportunities haunted the University of Memphis women’s soccer team on Sunday at University Field in El Paso, Texas as UTEP dropped # 25 Memphis 2-1 in the Conference USA tilt.
Despite controlling possession for much of the first half, UTEP (9-1-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) drew first blood in the 14th minute as forward Katie Dorman found a long ball from Tess Hall and one-touched the ball home from 18 yards out.
Sophomore forward Taylor Isenhower answered UTEP’s early goal with an equalizer in the 41st minute. Isenhower scored her fourth goal of the season off a header inside the penalty area. Junior defender Lizzy Simonin served the ball inside the box and recorded her first assist of the season.
Isenhower’s goal was the first Memphis (7-3-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) goal in first half action since Sept. 5 when the Lady Tigers scored two goals in the first half of a 6-0 victory over UALR.
UTEP regained the lead in the 66th minute as Gina Soto played a long ball on the right wing from Dorman and one-timed it to the left corner of the net for the go-ahead goal.
The Lady Tigers attempted a comeback late in the second half as Simonin gathered the ball inside the 18, but her shot sailed over the crossbar resulting in a UTEP goalkick.
Simonin led Memphis with four shots in the match and senior forward Ashley Berra added three shots, all on goal. Junior netminder Elise Kuhar-Pitters finished with five saves on the Miners seven shots on goal. Chandra Morden earned the victory in the net for UTEP, making seven saves.
Memphis returns to the Bluff City to open C-USA play at home with the first of seven C-USA matches slated for the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Lady Tigers host UCF on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss will visit Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kick-off.