Women's Soccer Continues Spring Season with Two Games in Huntsville on Sunday
March 18, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - The women's soccer team will continue its spring exhibition schedule this weekend when the Lady Tigers travel to Huntsville, Ala. for the Huntsville College Classic, a collegiate showcase tournament, on Sunday, March 20. The Tigers will play two games there, taking on defending Conference USA champion UAB and the Region III Olympic Development Program Under-17 team. The Tigers will take on the ODP team at 10:00 a.m. and UAB at 3:00 p.m.
Memphis has already played five spring games in three previous play dates, compiling a 3-0-2 record thus far in the spring. Sunday will be the last play date of the spring in which the Tigers will play multiple games. The Tigers have defeated a team of Japanese All-Stars, Minnesota, and a club team from Indianapolis, the Carmel Cyclones. Memphis has tied games with SEC opponents Alabama and Tennessee.
Shoko Mikami leads the Tigers for the spring season with six goals and an assist for 13 points. Candace Halvorson and Nicky McLeod each have scored a goal as well and also have two assists apiece. Brittany Strung also has an assist to her credit.
UAB, who defeated the Tigers twice during the 2004 season, the second defeat coming in the C-USA Tournament, finished the year with a 16-6-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Wake Forest in the first round and then falling to Tennessee in the second. The Blazers will be Memphis' second opponent of the spring that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last fall, with the Lady Vols being the other.
"This will be a good opportunity to gauge where we are as a team right now in terms of the our conference," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "UAB is the defending champions and in order for us to get to where we want to be in our league, we will need to go through them. We should also see good competition from the ODP team as well. Overall, we are looking forward to what should be a day in which we can learn and improve."