Lady Tigers Fall to Missouri, 2-1
March 20, 2006
For Immediate Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After an evenly-matched battle, the University of Memphis women's soccer team fell for the first time in its spring competition, losing 2-1 to the University of Missouri on Sunday at Walton Stadium.
"It was great to play a well-respected program like Missouri," said Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan. "We didn't get the win, but we walked away from the game with a positive experience and learned some areas we need to work on."
The Lady Tigers fell behind early when Missouri junior Aria Hudetz scored in the fourth minute. Seventeen minutes later, Memphis tied the score on a goal by University of Georgia transfer Geneil Newbern. Newbern scored her first goal with the U of M on an assist from sophomore Asuka Kubota in the 21st minute.
"Missouri began the game with high pressure and it took us a moment to settle down," Monaghan said. "We were caught a little of guard in the beginning of the game. Missouri played with strong discipline as individuals and as a team, but it was still an evenly played game. Despite not having our best performance, we were always in the game and had several chances to pick up the victory."
The Mizzou Tigers scored the game-winner with about 15 minutes left in the second half on a shot from eight-yards out by Jennifer Nobis. Sophomore goalkeeper Isabel Briones played well for the Tigers, picking up nine saves in the loss.
"We didn't have everything clicking on all cylinders," Monaghan said. "The game was more of an individual game. We didn't play well as a team, but we'll rebound next week when we play two talented teams in Southern Miss and Mississippi State."
The Lady Tigers will play Southern Miss and Mississippi State in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25 in Starkville, Miss at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Memphis is 2-1 in spring competition having previously beaten Ole Miss and Arkansas State.