First Place Billikens Top Lady Tigers 3-0
Oct. 24, 2004
St. Louis, Mo. - Saint Louis clinched the regular season Conference USA title on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Memphis, sending the Tigers to their fourth straight loss. The Tigers drop to 10-7 overall and 4-5 in C-USA play with the loss.
The Billikens got on the scoreboard first at the 12:07 mark when Cassi Winchell scored off a pass from Dee Guempel, which came just after the Tigers narrowly missed scoring first. Shoko Mikami took a pass from Annika Moller and quickly turned and fired a shot at the goal, which SLU keeper Amanda Martin was able to jump and punch the ball and then haul in the rebound. On Saint Louis's ensuing possession, Guempel passed the ball into Winchell from the left side. Winchell then chipped the ball over an oncoming Isabel Briones for the eventual game-winner.
It remained 1-0 at halftime. However, the Billikens made it a 2-0 game just 1:10 into the second half as Kelly Ferguson scored off a pass from Ellie Somers. Her low shot got past Briones and then hit the left post before going in. Winchell then scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Jamie Perry to make it 3-0 at 56:04.
"We played pretty well in the first half even though they had the lead at halftime," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "We didn't play as well in the second half. We will need to play much better in our last game if we are to have a shot at the conference tournament."
The Tigers were outshot 14-10 by the Billikens. Briones was pulled just after giving up her second goal. She made two saves and Natalie Haerens made one save and gave up one goal after taking over in goal. Monica Powell recorded a team-high four shots on the afternoon. Memphis did have six corner kicks to just one for SLU but was unable to capitalize on any of them.
The Tigers will wrap up the regular season on Friday against Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Tigers will likely need to win the game to qualify for the conference tournament, which will be held November 3-6 at Saint Louis.