Christabel Oduro's Second Half Surge Leads @MemphisWSoccer Past Houston, 6-0
Nov. 1, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Christabel Oduro scored four goals in a span of seven minutes to seal Memphis’ (12-7) 6-0 victory against Houston (1-12-3) in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Louisville, Ky.
Leading 1-0 at half, Oduro took over and scored two of her four goals in a span of 34 seconds to give the Lady Tigers a commanding 3-0 lead. On her 21st birthday, Oduro received a feed from Kylie Davis and put away the goal after the keeper came off her line.
Elysia Masters set up Oduro’s second goal as she fed a long ball over the defense. Oduro caught up to the ball and slammed it to the far post to break the career goals record with her 45th. Oduro added two more goals in the 56th and 57th minutes to produce her second career match with four goals.
Freshman forward Valerie Sanderson set records of her own as she scored the Lady Tigers first goal and added the sixth. Kaitlyn Atkins fed a cross into the box and Sanderson headed it in for the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Davis fed a long ball ahead to Oduro and Oduro slipped it to the middle for Sanderson and the freshman scored from 10 yards away. With her 15th goal of the season, Sanderson set the single-season goal record for a freshman. With the assist on Oduro’s goal earlier in the match, Sanderson sits at 33 points on the season, tied for the most by a freshman.
Houston nearly scored in the 29th minute, but a diving save by Maryse Bard-Martel kept the Cougars off the board. After a foul was called on Memphis near the corner flag, Houston served the free kick. The Lady Tigers blocked the kick, but the ball bounced to the feet for another service. The service went to the far post side and Lexa Green had a clean look. Bard-Martel dove to her right to save it and keep the score at 1-0.
The Lady Tigers finished with a 13-4 edge in shots, putting nine of those 13 shots on goal. Bard-Martel stopped the Cougars lone shot on goal in the match. Christa Strckland logged the final 18 minutes of the match.
Memphis advances to play No. 2 seed and host Louisville on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (CT). Louisville has a men’s match at 1 p.m. (CT) so the start time could be pushed back depending on that match. Follow @MemphisWSoccer on Twitter for updates on game time Sunday.