Powell's Double OT Goal Leads Tigers Past Cincinnati and into C-USA Tourney
Oct. 29, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Senior Monica Powell scored her second career goal and her first of the season with just 4:31 remaining in the second overtime period to break a scoreless tie and lead the Memphis women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Cincinnati in their regular season finale on senior night. The win, combined with losses by South Florida and DePaul on Friday, clinches a berth in the Conference USA Tournament for the Tigers. They will be either the #7 or #8 seed and will play either Saint Louis or UAB in a quarterfinal match at a time to be determined next Wednesday, November 3.
The Tigers dominated the offensive part of the field for the majority of the game but were unable to score until Powell's goal. The Tigers outshot the Bearcats 9-3 in the first half and 11-3 in the second. They also took four shots to none for the Bearcats in the first overtime period. Melissa Savage hit the crossbar with a shot in the first half, which was probably the best chance for the Tigers to score in the first half. In the second half, both Candace Halvorson and Madison Cheek had clear and open shots at the goal from inside the box but both were saved by UC keeper Sherry Slye, who only entered the game to begin the second half. Cheek's shot came with under a minute to play in the second half.
Finally, at the 105:29 mark, the Tigers were awarded a free kick as the result of a foul. Susannah Dawells took the kick from outside the righthand corner of the box. The kick went in and bounced around the box several times before Leanne McGee, another senior and a defender that did not have a point on the season coming into tonight, had the ball go off her leg to Powell, who blasted a shot into the back of the goal from about 10 yards out inside the box. The goal touched off a celebration as the entire Memphis bench came out onto the field and mobbed Powell inside the box in front of the Cincinnati goal.
For the game, Memphis outshot Cincinnati 26-7 and had eight corner kicks to just one for the Bearcats. Natalie Haerens made six saves to record her sixth shutout of the year, which already ties her for second all-time in that category as just a freshman. Tracy Hale made three saves in the first half for UC and Syle made seven in the second half and both overtimes.