Offensive Surge Continues for Lady Tigers in 4-1 Win Over East Carolina
Oct. 10, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis women's soccer team continued its impressive offensive exploits on Sunday as they defeated East Carolina 4-1, just two days after defeating Charlotte by a 5-1 score.
The nine goals scored in back-to-back games is the most for the Tigers since the beginning of the 1999 season, when they scored 11 goals in back-to-back wins over Rhodes and Toledo. They are the most scored in back-to-back games against Division 1 opponents since 1996 when they scored 11 against Stephen F. Austin and Evansville. However, they lost the game to Evansville that year, making this two-game stretch this year the most goals Memphis has ever scored in back-to-back wins against a pair of Division 1 opponents.
The first half was relatively quiet for the first 20 minutes, as neither team even recorded a shot until the ninth minute. However, the Tigers got on the scoreboard first as Robyn Smart scored her first goal of the year when she headed in a corner kick by Vicki Greenwell at the 20:30 mark.
Memphis made it 2-0 at 38:19 when Shoko Mikami, who led Division II in both goals and points per game last year while playing at Christian Brothers University, scored her first goal as a member of the Tigers. She took a centering pass in front of the goal from Monica Powell and one-timed it past ECU keeper Lauren Church. Annika Moller was also credited with an assist on the play.
Moller would get into the scoring column in the second half. First, however, ECU cut the lead to 2-1 at the 64:46 mark when Tara Shaw scored her first goal of the year. She took a pass off a free kick by Melissa Penney and was able to finish her shot after the pass went all the way through the box and by several Memphis defenders. However, it would only be a one-goal game for less than a minute as Moller scored her second goal of the weekend when she finished on a 20-yard blast from just inside the right corner of the box to make it 3-1. Both Powell and Greenwell recorded their second assists of the game on Moller's goal.
The Tigers made the final score 4-1 at the end of the game as freshman Kelsey Irish scored her first career goal. After entering the game with just over five minutes to play, she dribbled the ball down the left sideline and unleashed a shot in the box that found the back of the net just as the horn sounded the end the game.
Memphis improves its record to 10-3, 4-1 in C-USA with the win and has now won three straight for the third time this year. They will next play on Friday at South Florida at 6:30 p.m. Central time.