Memphis Closes Regular Season With 4-0 Win at UAB
Oct. 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Four first half goals sparked Memphis (10-7-1, 6-4-1) to a 4-0 win at UAB (2-17-0, 1-10-0 C-USA) on Thursday in the regular season finale for both squads.
After 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Christabel Odurostepped in front of a pass on the Memphis side of midfield and dribbled up the field. Oduro beat a UAB defender and drilled a shot from 16 yards past the outstretched hands of UAB goalkeeper Courtnie Northern and to the right post for the goal. The first half score was also the first for Memphis in the last six outings dating back to the match at Colorado College on October 5.
Nine minutes later, Memphis cashed in with a second score on the night. Taylor Isenhower dribbled the ball at the top of the box and slid a pass to the right side to Kaitlyn Atkins. Atkins juked to the right and back to the left and drew the goalkeeper out of the net before putting away the goal. With the goal, Atkins has four on the season while Isenhower was credited with her sixth assist.
In the 32nd minute, UAB nearly got a goal back, but the Memphis defense came up big with a team save on a scramble in the box. Off a corner kick, Paige Hanks booted two shots, one blocked and the other saved by two different Memphis defenders.
Off a corner kick, Memphis struck for a third goal with a rebound goal by Sarah Daane. Atkins served the corner from the left side and Marissa Duguaybounced a header off the crossbar. Daane quickly gathered the ball off the crossbar and put away the goal for her third of the season. Atkins and Duguay were credited with assists on the play.
Two minutes later, Kylie Davis slipped a pass up field to Oduro and Oduro put away her second of the night to give Memphis a 4-0 lead heading into the halftime break. With the goal, Oduro tied Ashley Berra for third all-time with 32 career goals. Oduro moved to sole possession of third with 83 points, 11 shy of assistant coach Jodi Grant'smark of 94.
Memphis out-shot UAB 12-4 in the first half and finished the match with a 16-10 edge. Freshman goalkeeper Christa Stricklandfinished the match with seven saves, five of which came in the second half. With four first half goals, Memphis matched its October output of four goals.
The Lady Tigers await the final games of conference play to determine who their opponent will be in the C-USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas. The tournament gets underway on Wednesday at UTEP.