Christabel Oduro's Two Goals Help No. 9 Memphis Over UCF 3-0
Oct. 23, 2011
Christabel Oduro scored two goals for No. 9 Memphis (17-0-1, 9-0-1 C-USA) as the Lady Tigers clinched the Conference USA Regular Season Championship outright with a 3-0 victory at UCF (10-3-5, 5-2-3) on Sunday.
Elise Kuhar-Pitters recorded her single-season school record 12th clean sheet with three saves in the match. Kuhar-Pitters made two key saves in the second half on shots by Nicolette Radovcic in the 63rd and 76th minute, respectively. Memphis tied the single-season school record for shutouts with the 12th this season and also ties the program record for wins in a season at 17.
Oduro gave the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute with her 10th tally of the season. Kylie Davis fired a shot in traffic and Oduro gathered the rebound in the center of the box and scored from 10 yards out. Davis was credited with her third assist of the season on the play.
Natalia Gomez-Junco added to the Memphis lead with a goal in the 71st minute. Gomez-Junco drew the keeper out of position and put away the goal to the open net. It was Gomez-Junco's seventh goal of the season and Bailey Pembroke was credited with her first assist of the season on the goal. Oduro added her second score of the game in the 85th minute to set the final margin at 3-0. Oduro found free space and booted in the goal from six yards out for her 11th goal of the season off an assist from Melissa Smith.
Both teams attempted to control possession in the first half, but each squad was only able to get one shot on goal. Oduro had the lone shot on goal in the first frame for the U of M. Katie Jackson placed the lone shot on goal for the Knights, but Kuhar-Pitters made the save.
The Lady Tigers improve to 10-0-0 on the road this season, a single-season record for victories on the road and also the longest winning streak on the road in program history. Memphis improved to 20-3-3 in league road games since 2007 and are 34-6-3 overall in that span. The U of M has scored two or more goals in seven-straight games for the fourth time in program history and second different occasion this season. Memphis bettered its record to 64-3-2 when scoring three or more goals. The Lady Tigers also improved to 38-7-6 in October matches since the 2006 season, posting their 34th shutout in that span.
The Lady Tigers close the regular season schedule with a match at UAB on Thursday at 7 p.m.