Lady Tigers Knock Off 20th-Ranked UCF 1-0
Sept. 27, 2009
Memphis, Tenn. - Junior forward Vendula Strnadova netted the game-winning goal in the 40th minute giving Memphis (7-3-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) the 1-0 victory over 20th ranked UCF (6-3-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) Sunday afternoon in Orlando, Fla.
"It was an extremely exciting match today," said head coach Brooks Monaghan. "We dodged some bullets today and both teams had their chances to win today. Every time we play UCF it is a battle and I am glad we came out on top in this match."
Strnadova capitalized off a rebounded shot to lead the Lady Tigers to their first 2-0 start in Conference-USA play since 2007. Junior forward Amanda Olszewski fired a shot from seven yards out that UCF goalkeeper Aline Reis could not handle. Strnadova gathered the ball and fired a shot to the back right corner of the net.Olszewski and freshman forward Averi Hallman were credited with assists on the game-winning goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters notched her fifth shutout of the season in Sunday's match. The Spokane, Wash. native has recorded five shutouts this season, tying former Lady Tiger goalkeeper Katarina Wicksell for the fifth-most shutouts in a season. Kuhar-Pitters moved into third place on the all-time career shutouts list with her ninth shutout Sunday.
"Elise was on her toes today and she came up big for us," Monaghan said. "We told her before the match that she had to control her six-yard box and she did well.
UCF's best scoring opportunity came in the 42nd minute when UCF forward Tishia Jewell sped past the Memphis defender's forcing Lady Tiger keeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters to come out of the net. Jewell fired a shot toward the empty net that went wide of the right post.
The Lady Tigers were outshot by the Knights of UCF, 16-14, but posted a 7-3 shots on goal advantage in the match. Memphis has outshot their opponents 185-76 and holds an 88-29 shots on goal advantage this season.
"The defense did it's job," Monaghan said. "It was a back and forth match and both teams had their chances. It was a crazy day with two different rain delays. UCF is a good team and this is a good result to to beat the 20th ranked team on the road."
The match was delayed two differnt times due to rain and lightning in the area, totalling two and half hours worth of delay time.
CBS College Sports will be airing a tape delayed broadcast of Sunday's match on Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 6 pm.
The Lady Tigers return to the Mike Rose Soccer Complex to host a pair of C-USA matches next weekend. Memphis will take on the UTEP Miners on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 7 pm and the Colorado College Tigers on Sunday Oct. 4th at 1 pm.