Memphis Sneaks Past East Carolina, 2-0
Sept. 28, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 25 Memphis (7-3-0, 3-0-0 C-USA) scored two second half goals and held off East Carolina (6-5-0, 2-1-0 C-USA) 2-0 on Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Lady Tigers secured their fifth-straight win and wrap-up a six-game home stand on Sunday. East Carolina hit iron three times in the match with two shots bouncing off the posts and one off the crossbar, but Christa Stricklandmade three big saves to secure her first career save.
Inserted into the lineup to start the second half, Carly Cassady sparked the Lady Tigers' offense as she set up a goal for Christabel Oduro. Cassady dribbled down the left side and served a cross inside the six-yard box where Oduro was able to touch it past the ECU keeper for her eighth goal this season.
With the goal, Oduro moved into fifth place all-time with 69 points. Oduro needs eight points to tie for fourth in career points and is one goal shy of fourth in career goals with 27.
Freshman Emily Adamic gave the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead with her first career goal in the 64th minute. Memphis received a free kick on the right side of the 18-yard box and Natalia Gomez-Juncosent the free kick into the six-yard area where Adamic got the touch past the keeper for the goal.
With 11 minutes remaining, East Carolina hit iron for the first of three times as Kelly Johnson rocketed a shot that clanked off the crossbar before the Tigers cleared it out. Trailing 2-0, East Carolina nearly cut the lead in half off a free kick from 35 yards away. Danielle Romano played the kick and sent it directly toward the goal, but the shot found the left post and the Tigers kept the 2-0 lead. In the first half, Hali Oughton hit the right post with a shot.
East Carolina was quick to attack the Memphis defense, earning a corner kick 54 seconds into the match. The corner didn't result in a shot, but the Pirates remained on the attack as Kelly Miller had the first shot on goal in the ninth minute. Freshman goalkeeper Christa Stricklandstopped the shot and finished the first half with three saves.
Memphis had their chances as well, racking up 11 first half shots, but with just two on goal. Off a U of M corner in the fourth minute, Marissa Duguayput a header on frame, but an East Carolina defender standing on the goal line headed the shot away for the team save. In the 38th minute, Memphis sent a barrage of three shots toward the net with ECU goalkeeper Christiane Cordero making one save and the Pirates defense blocking the other two.
With the shutout, Memphis improves to 86-4-5 when holding opponents to one or fewer goals since the 2007 season. In that span, the U of M has 62 shutouts. The Lady Tigers improve to 91-24-7 since 2007 and are 43-7-6 in C-USA action.
Memphis hosts Marshall on Sunday at 1 p.m. to close a six-game home stand.