Memphis Ties #18/25 UCF 1-1
Oct. 1, 2010
By: Preston McClellan, Student Assistant
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--In a battle of the two winningest C-USA programs over the past four seasons, Memphis (7-3-1; 1-1-1 C-USA) tied #18/25UCF 1-1 Friday night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
For the first time since Sept. 5 against Arkansas-Little Rock, Memphis took a 1-0 first half advantage. Freshman Alena Strnadova received a pass from fellow freshman Christabel Oduro in the 11th minute and headed it inside the left post.
Oduro's third career assist complemented Strnadova's third career goal and marked the first time the duo has connected on a scoring play.
Oduro finished the night with a team-best six shots, including three on goal.
UCF (7-2-2; 1-1-1 C-USA) finally broke its scoring drought when Tishia Jewell evened the score at one in the 88th minute from 15 yards out. Jewell got off one shot that was blocked by Memphis before regaining control of the ball and firing it past keeper Jordan Boyle into the left corner.
The goal ended a 358-minute Golden Knight scoring drought against the Lady Tigers.
Memphis dominated possession and managed four shots in the first overtime period, but was unable to capitalize and the score remained tied at one.
Both teams had ample opportunities to break the tie in the last ten minute overtime period, as each squad battled furiously to keep possession. Both defenses held strong, however, preserving the 1-1 tie.
The match-up ended in a tie in the statistics as well, with each team recording 14 shots. Memphis recorded four corner kicks compared to UCF's eight. Aline Reis saved seven shots in goal for the Golden Knights.
In her first start since shutting out Samford in the season's second contest, Boyle stopped two shots.
UCF's offense came in ranked 21st in the country in scoring, averaging 2.4 goals per match. Memphis came into the game ranked 52nd, averaging 2.1 goals per.
Memphis returns to the pitch Sunday for another C-USA showdown against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Game time is slated for 1 pm at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.