Memphis Opens Spring Home Matches Sunday with Iowa Hawkeyes
April 2, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Defending C-USA Champion University of Memphis women's soccer team begins the second half of the 2009 spring season by hosting a series of three home matches at Mike Rose Soccer Complex beginning this weekend against the University of Iowa on Sunday, April 5 at noon.
"It's nice to be able to play somebody that you have not seen before, and maybe a different style or just new faces are always good," said head coach Brooks Monaghan. "We'll approach this game like we approach every game. When we step on the field, we play to win and we expect our players to give 110 percent. It will be a good test. Iowa is a quality program and we're looking forward to it."
The Lady Tigers are 3-0-1 on the spring season following last weekend's 0-0 tie with Vanderbilt and 2-1 victory over Samford in Decatur, Ala. Over a month prior to those games, Memphis routed UALR 6-1 before beating nationally ranked and NCAA Tournament competitor Oklahoma State 1-0.
"The main focus is that our kids improve especially from our last outing," said Monaghan. "I wasn't 100 percent pleased, but we're continuing to move in the right direction. We have to take advantage of every game that we can play in the spring because of the limited number of games."
Monaghan and his Lady Tigers will hold a mini-clinic for kids ages 8-10 immediately following Sunday's contest against Iowa. The clinic will last approximately 45 minutes.
"This is a great opportunity to watch what should be great soccer game and for kids ages 8-10 to work a little bit with the Lady Tigers," said Monaghan.
On Wednesday, April 8, the Lady Tigers are in action again hosting Ole Miss at 7:00 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.