Pair of Second-Half Goals Helps Tigers Earn Split in Texas with 2-0 Win over Houston
Oct. 3, 2004
Houston, Texas - Melissa Savage and Carla Scanniello both scored goals in the second half after a scoreless first half to help the Memphis women's soccer team defeat Houston 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. The win is the first-ever in program history for Memphis against Houston and ends the Tigers' trip to Texas with a 1-1 record.
"It was important to get back on track today after the tough loss on Friday," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "We'd like to have won both games but 1-1 on a weekend conference road trip isn't a bad thing."
The Tigers, who had been 0-6 all-time against Houston prior to Sunday's game, outshot the Cougars 6-4 in the first half but were unable to score. However, just a little over two minutes into the second half, Savage, a native of Arlington, Texas, scored her first career goal at the 47:04 mark to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Shoko Mikami assisted on the score as she gave Savage a pass, which she headed into the goal after falling onto the ground and then getting up.
At the 67:55 mark, Scanniello netted her fourth goal of the year, second on the team, off an assist from fellow freshman Vicki Greenwell. Scanniello had a breakaway on the play and then swatted Greenwell's pass past Houston keeper Nicole Oliver from straight away in the box for her tenth and 11th points of the year, tops on the team in that category.
Natalie Haerens needed to make just three saves to record her fifth shutout of the year in goal for the Tigers as well as her seventh win of the season. Her five shutouts are already third all-time for career shutouts in Memphis history. Memphis outshot Houston 10-6 in the game.
The Tigers are now 8-3 overall and 2-1 in C-USA play. They return home for a pair of games next weekend beginning with Charlotte at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and East Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.