Lady Tigers Continue Spring Season at SEC Rival Ole Miss
March 26, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. – Marking the halfway point of the spring schedule, the University of Memphis women’s soccer squad will travel to Oxford, Miss., to face SEC rival Ole Miss in a spring contest on Sat. March 20.
“We are really looking forward to this match with Ole Miss,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “Obviously, they are a very good program and we will definitely have our hands full playing against that squad. This is another opportunity for us to play against some very good competition.”
The goal of the spring season for Monaghan and staff was to get much needed minutes for the athletes that did not see substantial playing time during Memphis’ unprecedented quest for a third-straight C-USA Championship. With three spring games in the books, the approach has changed to winning and players that earned more playing time will see it the remaining matches.”
“At this point of the spring season, we have been taking the approach to play the players that didn’t play as much in the fall,” Monaghan said. “We are changing our tone a little bit and we are going to be more about winning the game now. Those players that have proven to us that they deserve playing time are going to play. Our focus is changing now that we are going into the latter half of the spring season.”
After facing Ole Miss on Saturday, the Lady Tigers will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a pair of matches against the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt on Sat. April 10. Memphis will face Tennessee at 9 a.m. (CT) and then battle Vanderbilt at 1:30 p.m. (CT). The Lady Tigers will then host Mississippi State on Fri. April 16 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex to close out the spring schedule.
“Our ultimate goal is to develop more depth and allow our players opportunities to step up and play against this tough competition,” Monaghan said. “That was our goal which helps us feel confident as coaches that we have depth. A few players have stepped up and hopefully they will continue to move in the right direction. Our goal at the beginning of the spring was to develop more depth and we are making great strides so far.”