Lady Tigers Keep C-USA Tournament Hopes Alive With 4-0 Shutout Of Tulane
Nov. 1, 2002
New Orleans, La. - Sophomore Kirsty Marr tallied her fourth game-winning goal in Conference-USA play as Memphis defeated Tulane in a must-win game for the Lady Tigers 4-0 Friday at the Westfeldt Complex. The Lady Tigers will have to wait on the outcome of the Tulane-Houston match Sunday to see if the team qualifies for the C-USA Tournament.
With the victory, Memphis (9-9-1, 5-5) has 10 points in league play and is in the top eight in the league standings which would qualify the Lady Tigers for the tournament. The shutout was the fourth in the last five league matches for junior goalkeeper Katarina Wicksell, who tied her career-high in shutouts with five for the season.
Marr made the Lady Tigers' first shot of the night count when she scored from 15 yards out in the 12th minute. The unassisted goal by Marr was her fourth of the season. Memphis only got two more chances to score in the first half.
"The girls came out and performed at their highest level when they had to," Head Coach Brooks Monaghan said. "I'm proud of their effort and how we ended conference play. It's exciting to see them play so well in a pressure game."
The Lady Tigers spent a majority of the first half on their defensive end keeping Tulane from scoring. The Green Wave got seven shots off while junior goalkeeper Katarina Wicksell made two saves. Tulane had two shots go off the crossbar in the opening half.
Memphis took a more aggressive approach on the offensive end in the second half and it paid off in the 68th minute when sophomore Amy Ciezki scored her first goal of her career. Ciezki's unassisted goal gave the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on and extended their lead to 3-0 just seven minutes later when senior Becca Amrozowicz netted her fifth goal of the season on assist by fellow senior Alison Baker. The goal gave Amrozowicz a career-high 14 points for the season while the assist gave Baker a career-high 15 points.
Sophomore Veronica Ruiz added a late goal in the 85th minute to give Memphis a four-goal cushion. Ruiz's goal was the first of her career. Annika Moller had the assist. Memphis outshot Tulane 12-9 including 9-2 in the second half.
Memphis concludes their regular season Sunday with a tilt at SEC-foe Ole Miss. Kickoff for the match with the Rebels is set for 1 p.m.