Women's Soccer Blanks C-USA's Top Team Tulane 4-0
Oct. 17, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team collected its first Conference USA win of the season by upsetting league-leader Tulane 4-0 Friday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Junior Kirsty Marr had a pair of second-half goals and sophomore Nicky McLeod and junior Yuiko Konno each added a goal and an assist as the Lady Tigers (4-7-3, 1-4-1 C-USA) shutout the Green Wave (9-4-1, 5-2-0 C-USA) 4-0 for the second-consecuitve year.
"This win just goes to show that we have a team that can compete with anybody in this league," Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "We shutout the top team in the league tonight. This is a great win for us and hopefully it will jump start as we head down the stretch in league play."
Tulane reeled off the first three shots of the match as the Green Wave attempted five corner kicks in the opening minutes of the match, but the visitors could not tally a goal. All three shots were on goal, but the Lady Tiger defense held off the early attack as Kari Rawe made one save and a pair of Tiger defenders cleared the other two chances.
Memphis took control of the match following the early flury of shots by their opponent as the Lady Tigers outshot Tulane 10-5 in the opening half and 16-12 for the match. The Lady Tigers capitalized on one of their chances in the opening 45 minutes as they took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Sophomore Nicky McLeod finished a slip pass from Jocelyn Raine in the 30th minute beating Tulane keeper Megan Morey. McLeod's goal was her second of the season and it was Raine's first assist of the campaign. It was McLeod's second game-winner of the season.
The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 2-0 when Konno scored her team-leading eighth goal on the first shot of the second half for either team. She finished a cross from McLeod who was credited with her third assist of the season.
Marr then scored her two goals just over a minute a part to give Memphis a 4-0 cushion. Her first goal came after she stole the ball from a Tulane midfielder and lofted a shot just off the outstretched hands of Morey from 25 yards out. Marr's second goal of the match and career-high sixth of the season came off a pass from Konno, who tallied her third assist of the season.
Rawe registered her first shutout of the season as the senior was forced to make just one save in the match. The Lady Tigers' defense was credited with two team saves. Morey made a pair ofsaves in net for Tulane, who held a 10-6 advantage on corner kicks.
Memphis has won three of its last four matches and plays host to Southern Miss Sunday at 1 p.m. at the MRSC.