@MemphisWSoccer Closes Out Regular Season With 5-1 Win Over UConn
Oct. 27, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team (11-7-0, 4-5-0) closed out the regular season with a dominating 5-1 win over UConn (11-8-0, 5-4-0) on Sunday afternoon at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Memphis possessed the ball in the opening minutes of the contest before a free kick by Kaitlyn Atkins from 36 yards out found Kelley Gravlin, who then pushed it to Diamond Simpson after a scrum in the box. Simpson then sent the ball into the left corner to give Memphis an early 1-0 advantage in the ninth minute. Atkins' 13th assist of the season set a new program record, surpassing Shoko Mikami and Christy Caswell's previous mark.
After the Lady Tigers put another shot on goal, the Lady Tigers almost capitalized again in the 14th minute as a cross in the box from Christabel Oduro found Atkins on the right side, but Atkins shot went just wide of the post.
The Huskies evened the match in the 28th minute with a goal from Rachel Hill off a corner kick from Riley Houle.
UConn stepped up its pressure in the latter part of the half and began controlling the ball. However, Memphis answered and continued to challenge late in the period.
In the 40th minute, Oduro served the ball to Kylie Davis on the left side of the box before Davis crossed it to Valerie Sanderson for an easy tap-in to go up 2-1. With her 13th goal of the season, Sanderson moved within one of the program record for goals scored by a freshman in a single season.
Memphis kept up its fast-paced game in the second half as the Lady Tigers brought out UConn keeper Emily Armstrong on the left side and pushed the ball to the right. The Huskies tried to kick the ball away from passing the goal line but UConn's Gabrielle Charno's kick hit the left post and went in to give Memphis a 3-1 lead in the 56th minute.
In the 61st minute, Memphis stretched its lead even further as Nugene Nugent crossed it to Emily Adamic, who then sent it to Oduro in the middle of the box. Oduro then pushed it across for a 4-1 lead. Oduro's 43rd goal of her career tied the program record set by Kylie Hayes.
Memphis' pressure continued to limit the Huskies on the offensive side throughout the second half, while the Lady Tigers attacked the Huskies on the other end. In the 88th minute, Memphis struck again as Oduro passed it to Gravlin, who then found Honeye Heydari on the left side of the box before Heydari hit the right corner of the goal to give Memphis a 5-1 win.
Memphis will face Houston on Friday in Louisville, Ky. The game time and full American Athletic Conference bracket will be released Sunday night.