Seniors in Spotlight on Senior Night; Memphis Too Much for Marshall in 4-0 Win
Oct. 24, 2008
MEMPHIS, TENN. - In the midst of senior night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, the Memphis women's soccer team downed the Marshall Thundering Herd 4-0. The Lady Tigers improve their record to 11-4-1 and 7-2-0 in C-USA play.
"Tonight was a special night in a lot of ways," said head coach Brooks Monaghan. "First of all, it's senior night and what a way to send these seniors out. It was a complete performance by all our girls and it was a total team effort. I thought we played really well tonight."
The Lady Tigers struck first at the 35 minute mark as junior midfielder Victoria Dalton crossed a ball from the right side into the box for a powerful shot from freshman Lizzy Simonin past the Marshall goalkeeper. Simonin's sixth goal on the season put Memphis up 1-0 going into half.
At the beginning of the second period, sophomore forward Melissa Smith put a goal past the keeper from Simonin at the 47 minute mark to make the score 2-0.
Senior forward Kylie Hayes also registered the 41st goal of her career and the fourth on the season with a 25 yard blast from the center of the field at the 48 minute mark in the second half from Dalton.
Sophomore midfielder Vendula Strnadova scored in her fifth straight game tonight giving her seven on the season. Strnadova's goal came off an assist from Hayes in the 57th minute of play.
The defense held strong once again behind freshman goalkeeper Jordan Boyle who wrapped up her third shutout and improved her record in goal to 6-1-0.
"We're going to look at the results, but at the end of the day it's about us," said Monaghan on the rest of tonight's C-USA games. "It's focusing on ourselves and we're taking it one game at a time. We still have two more. East Carolina is the most important game on our mind right now, and it happens to be for first place. That's a bonus for us, and after that one we're on to next Thursday. We're firing on all cylinders now and we're looking forward to the next one."
The Lady Tigers hit the road to Greenville, N.C. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 12:00 p.m. to take on the East Carolina Pirates. Before tonight, the Pirates sat in first place ahead of the Lady Tigers by two points in the C-USA standings. With a win tonight, the Lady Tigers have put themselves in a position to play for sole possession of first place on Sunday against East Carolina.
Following the 4-0 route of Marshall, the University of Memphis and the women's soccer team honored its seniors. Kylie Hayes, Maggie Leone, Kate Murphy, and Emiko Schwab were all honored in a post game ceremony with their families.
"These girls are absolute winners," said Monaghan of his class of 2008 seniors. "They have taken this program to another level, and I have to credit them a ton. They know nothing but winning and they have set the tone for this program. The other girls behind them have followed. I can't say enough about that group of girls because they have changed the program."
The Lady Tigers play one more game on the road in Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. against the UAB Blazers. The C-USA Championships hosted by Rice University takes place on Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 in Houston, Texas.