UAB Tops Lady Tigers 4-1 in C-USA Tournament First Round
Nov. 3, 2004
St. Louis, Mo. - UAB scored goals in the opening minutes of both the first and second halves and Memphis was unable to climb out of the deficit as the Blazers defeated the Tigers 4-1 in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament held at Saint Louis University. Memphis ends the year with an 11-8 record, which is the best winning percentage in program history. The 11 wins are tied for the most in school history.
UAB, which led the conference in most offensive categories this year, started the scoring just 3:01 into the game as the conference's leading scorer, Tara Kidwell, hauled in a pass from Liz Bosscher just to the right side of the front of the goal and fired a shot into the bottom left of the goal past Memphis goalkeeper Natalie Haerens, who was stationed at the right of the goal near Kidwell. Bosscher had dribbled down the left sideline and into the box before dumping a cross off to Kidwell.
Memphis had four corner kicks in the first half. All were good kicks and placed in front of the goal but the Tigers were unable to capitalize on any of them, recording just one shot by Mary Shelton in the opening half. UAB had seven shots in the first half.
The Blazers added another goal at the beginning of the second half, just 2:11 in on a corner kick that went directly into the goal by Bosscher. The kick sailed from the right corner over the outstretched arms of Haerens and right through the upper left corner of the goal.
UAB made it 3-0 at the 54:40 mark as they stole an attempted clear by the Tigers and capitalized. Jennifer Williams deflected Memphis's clearing pass and the deflection went straight into the box, where Jenny Rynders beat Haerens one-on-one for a 3-0 Blazer lead.
Memphis had an excellent opportunity to score with just over 26 minutes remaining in the half when Shoko Mikami redirected a cross in front of the net with her head. Her shot went in the opposite direction of UAB keeper Katie Forbis but Forbis reversed her direction quickly and made a great save.
The Tigers made it 3-1 at the 67:05 mark when Carla Scaniello took a pass from Robyn Smart and finished for her sixth goal of the year, which tied her for the team lead. Smart led her with a pass as she sprinted into the box from the right side. She took the pass and then fired a shot past an oncoming Forbis and into the bottom left of the goal.
UAB added another insurance goal late in the game as Rynders headed in a late corner kick by Bosscher to make it 4-1 with just under four minutes to play.
"They capitalized on more scoring opportunities than we did and that ended up being the difference," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "I was proud that we never gave up even when we were down three goals and I think this experience will be good for our younger players and will motivate them to get back here next year and advance further into the tournament."