Lady Tigers End Spring Schedule with 5-0 Shutout
April 10, 2006
For Immediate Release
OXFORD, Miss. - Ending its spring schedule with a victory, four different players scored for the University of Memphis women's soccer team in a 5-0 blanking of the Georgia ODP squad in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
"I could not be happier with our performance against the Georgia ODP," said Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan. "I felt we came out and set the tone early with a strong opening. Everybody played well, and we showed discipline as a team rather than as individuals. The game was a good way to end our spring."
The win is the sixth for the U of M in its spring exhibition schedule as the Lady Tigers finish with a 6-2-1 record. In those games, Memphis outscored its opponents 25-7. Junior Shoko Mikami led the Lady Tigers with eight spring goals, while Newbern finished second with six. Hayes led all freshmen with four goals and finished third on the team.
"Overall, I'm pleased with what we have accomplished this spring," Monaghan said. "The team worked hard adjusting to a new style of play. They overcame their initial frustrations and gained a strong belief in our new system."
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Tigers dropped only their second game of the spring to Peach Belt Conference 2005 regular season co-champion Columbus State in a 1-0 defeat. The Lady Cougars went 15-6-1 in 2005 and featured PBC Freshman of the Year Kellie Myles and PBC Coach of the Year Jay Entlich.
"I told the team that this was one of the best things that could have happened to us in the spring," Monaghan said. "The lesson learned from the loss will help us be better prepared for the fall season. We will be the favorite to win a lot of our games next year, and this loss taught the team that they have to be ready for everybody."
The Lady Tigers now look forward to the 2006 season in the fall and will open the schedule with a home preseason game against Saint Louis University.
"We are excited for the fall," Monaghan said. "Our players have set high expectations for the next season, and we are looking forward to it. We had the chance in the spring to play against several teams with different types of systems, and we've learned to adapt to the way we need to play to succeed in the fall."