Tulsa Downs Memphis 3-0
Oct. 19, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa (9-5-3, 4-3-2 C-USA) scored two goals quickly after the halftime break and earned a 3-0 victory over Memphis (9-7-0, 5-4-0 C-USA) on Friday.
The two sides played an even first half with each team putting six shots on the board. Memphis held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal, but failed to finish any of the early chances.
After Jordan O'Brien sent a shot toward the right post that sailed inches wide of the target, Tulsa earned a free kick just outside the box on the right side. The Golden Hurricane played the free kick to the middle on a touch and O'Brien attempted to rocket a shot toward goal, but good spacing by the Memphis defense on the set piece blocked the shot away to keep the match scoreless.
Chances were few in the first half for Memphis, but the Lady Tigers put four shots on goal. Taylor Isenhower shot from 25 yards away in the sixth minute, but Hayley Harryman made the first of her three saves in the half. In the 28th minute, Kaitlyn Atkinsput a shot on target, but Harryman made the stop on that shot as well.
In the 32nd minute, Memphis had its best opportunity of the half as a scramble inside the six-yard box saw Harryman come out of the goal to attempt to clear the ball. Christi Padget won the scramble and attempted to squirt the ball past the Tulsa defense, but the Golden Hurricane defense came up with a team save to force a corner kick on a deflection. On the ensuing corner, Emily Adamicput a header on frame, but Harryman made the stop.
Tulsa grabbed the lead quickly after the halftime break as the Memphis defense couldn't control the ball at the top of the box. Rebecca Handley stole the ball away at the top of the box, dribbled it toward the right side and fired the shot past the out-stretched hands of Memphis goalkeeper Christa Strickland. Just over a minute later, O'Brien put Tulsa up 2-0 with a boot from 30 yards away.
In the 76th minute, Nicole Zeidler attempted a shot from the right side, but Harryman made the save and booted away a goal kick. Shortly after the goal kick, Kaitlyn Atkinsripped a shot toward goal, but the shot clanked off the post and the Golden Hurricane maintained the 2-0 lead.
Camille Pelley increased the Tulsa lead to 3-0 with four minutes left. Pelley dribble the ball from the middle of the field to the left side and punched a shot to the right post for her fifth of the season.
The Lady Tigers finished with a 13-11 shots edge and a 8-5 edge in shots on goal. Atkins and Sarah Daaneled the U of M with two shots on goal each. Memphis drops its fourth-straight match and third-straight via shutout.
Memphis travels to Dallas to face SMU on Sunday at 2 p.m.