Christa Strickland Registers Career Best 10 Saves in 1-1 Draw at SMU
Oct. 21, 2012
DALLAS, Texas - Freshman goalkeeper Christa Stricklandmade a career high 10 saves, but Memphis (9-7-1, 5-4-1 C-USA) and SMU (8-6-4, 4-2-4 C-USA) finished with a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Westcott Field.
"Today was a step in the right direction," head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "We never look at ties as a positive thing, but after dropping four-straight this is a positive result. Obviously we've been in a hole. SMU is a very good team and we needed something to go in a positive way."
"We're without some of our key players due to injuries and we hope to get them ready for the tournament. We fought well today, we had chances, they had chances, but overall it wasn't the best. We got a point out of it and we have to get some momentum out of this. This has been a really tough stretch and we take this as a positive step in the right direction."
Strickland is the first Memphis goalkeeper to register 10 or more saves since Isabel Birones had 12 saves at UAB during the 2004 season. Strickland made perhaps her biggest stop of the game in the second overtime period. Ryanne Lewis fired a shot from the top of the box and ran after the deflected save. Strickland pounced on it, but the ball got away. Lewis nearly put another shot on frame, but the Memphis defense cleared the ball away.
"I think over half of her saves were on corner kicks," Monaghan said. "Unfortunately, we gave up one on a corner, but I thought she had a very good performance for a freshman goalkeeper. We've talked with her about controlling the box and she did a good job of that today."
Freshman Christi Padget registered her first career goal in the 51st minute to give Memphis the 1-0 lead and end a drought of 352:37 without a goal. Christabel Oduroplayed the ball inside the box and touched it to Padget on the left side and Padget finished the goal to the near post. Oduro picked up her eighth assist on the season and 19th of her career, ranking fourth all-time.
After the two teams played a level first half, SMU came out of the lockers with momentum. The Mustangs quickly put a shot on frame, but Strickland made the stop in the 46th minute. The Mustangs earned a corner on the play, but Memphis cleared it away.
The Mustangs equalized in the 55th minute with a goal by Kenzie Scovall. Mallory Baum served a corner kick into the box and Scovill put the header past the near post for the score. Over the next five minutes, SMU put a barrage of shots on frame, but Strickland came up with two saves and the defense blocked another away.
Memphis had a great chance to regain the lead in the 64th minute, but the Mustangs goalkeeper came up with the save. Oduro made nifty moves down the right side, split two defenders and maintained possession inside the six-yard box and served a pass to Padget in the box. Padget had an open look, but SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden made the stop to keep the game at 1-1.
Another great chance was forgotten in the 78th minute as the Lady Tigers had the chance again to regain the lead. Taylor Isenhowerdribbled up the middle of the field and Oduro raced down beside her on the right. Isenhower fed the ball to Oduro, but her shot was pulled too far to the left resulting in a SMU goal kick.
Each team had one quality chance in the overtime period, but neither could put home the winner. In the 97th minute, Courtney Smith sent a thundering boot into the box and the shot clanked off the crossbar and went over the net. Second later, Christabel Oduroraced down the right side and turned left to attempt a shot, but couldn't muster anything sending the game to a second overtime.
The first half concluded with the squads level at 0-0. Strickland made three saves in the half on seven SMU shots. Memphis mustered just two shots in the first frame, neither on goal. With no goal in the first half, the Lady Tigers scoreless streak bumped to seven halves and a total of 346:28.
Memphis closes the regular season on Thursday at UAB. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.