@MemphisWSoccer Cruises Past Houston, 4-1
Oct. 13, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (9-5, 2-3 American) grabbed a commanding 3-0 halftime advantage and defeated Houston (1-8-3, 0-6-0 American) 4-1 to earn the programs 200th all-time victory.
Memphis controlled the tempo early earning four corner kicks in the first 15 minutes of the match. The early tempo paid off in the 21st minute as Christabel Oduro found the back of the net from 10 yards away. Nugene Nugent earned her fifth assist as she gave Oduro the give-and-go for Oduro's eighth goal. With the goal, Oduro tied Kylie Hayes for the program scoring record with 102 points.
The Lady Tigers continued the pressure as Houston was called for a handball in the penalty area. Kaitlyn Atkins stepped to the penalty spot and put away the chance to the right post to give Memphis the 2-0 advantage. The goal was Atkins' first of the season.
Honeye Heydari gave the U of M a 3-0 lead following her first career goal. Kylie Davis served the ball down the sideline to Atkins and the cross into the box was collected by Heydari and finished for the score.
Memphis finished the first half with an 11-1 edge in shots. Eight of Memphis' shots were on goal with Cami Koski making five saves for Houston. The Cougars lone shot in the first half was saved by Maryse-Bard Martel.
With the commanding 3-0 lead, Memphis continued to press and nearly took a 4-0 lead. Nugent had a shot from 10 yards away hit the cross bar in the 62nd minute and Atkins rebound attempt was saved by Houston to keep the score 3-0.
Heydari scored her second of the afternoon in the 68th minute to give the Lady Tigers a 4-0 edge. Elysia Masters served the ball from midfield to the far side and Atkins fed a cross inside to the six yard box where Heydari finished it for the goal. Atkins picked up her second assist of the game and 11th of the season while Masters was credited with her first.
Houston got on the board two minutes later as Lauren Hodgdon slipped one past the outstretched hands of Christa Strickland. Kylie Cook served the ball through the Memphis defense and found the feet of Hodgdon for the goal.
Memphis finished the match with a 21-4 edge in shots including a 15-2 edge in shots on goal. Bard-Martel played the first 60 minutes for the Lady Tigers and had the lone save for the U of M. Strickland logged the final 30 minutes.
The Lady Tigers hit the road for their final road trip of the regular season to face USF on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and UCF on Sunday at noon (CT).