Lady Tigers Topple Alabama A&M 5-1 In Women's Soccer Action
Oct. 10, 2003
Memphis, Tenn.-- - Three first-half goals helped the University of Memphis women's soccer team secure a 5-1 victory over Alabama A&M in the first ever meeting between the two schools in a foul-plagued game Friday at Echles. The five goals were a season-high for Memphis (3-6-3) as junior Yuiko Konno had two to give her seven on the season while junior Annika Moller had a career-high three assists. Alabama A&M dropped 1-11-1 with the loss.
"We did a better job of executing and finishing our chances tonight.," Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan. "It was a total team effort. We've had two good victories to give us some momentum as we head back into conference play Sunday at Houston."
The Lady Tigers were whistled for a season-high 34 fouls while the Bulldogs had just 15 called on them, but that did not stop them from being aggressive on the offensive end as they outshot the Bulddogs 27-7. Konno's first goal in the 12th minute was her sixth of the season. Freshman Melissa Savage found Nicky McLeod down the right wing to set up the goal as each player was credited with their second assists of the season.
McLeod then tallied her first goal of the season in the 18th minute when she beat Alabama A&M goalkeeper Priscilla Mensah in a one-on-one situation. Moller had her first assist of the season on the goal. McLeod's goal was her first game-winner of the season.
Moller added her second assist of the contest in the 31st minute when she set up freshman Madison Cheek for her first-career goal which gave the Lady Tigers a 3-0 lead that they took into the halftime break.
The Bulldogs struck first in the second half to cut the Lady Tigers' lead to 3-1 when Christina Grant scored on an assist from Sharika Forbes in the 65th minute. That would bethe only goal to get by Memphis keeper Kari Rawe who made two saves in the match.
The Lady Tigers then added two insurance goals late in the contest as Konno scored her second goal in the 83rd minute on an assist from Cheek. Moller and Cheek then set up defender Jocelyn Raine for her first goal of the season less than a minute later to extend the Lady Tigers' lead to a final margin of four.
Konno was the first Lady Tiger to score twice in a match this season and her seven goals lead the team. Memphis returns to Conference USA play with a road match at Houston Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m.