Women's Soccer Ready for Pair of Exhibition Matches
Aug. 9, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Memphis women's soccer hits the road to Illinois State for an exhibition match on Friday at 1 p.m. before returning to Memphis to host Western Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a second exhibition match.
"I think these games are extremely important for the freshmen we have," head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "When you sit back and look at it, we have six midfielders and not one of them has played a true college match. We are missing some midfielders due to the (FIFA U20) World Cup, but that's alright. We have the talent, but we have a lot of learning that's needed with this group. We have high expectations and we are excited to see where we are at this weekend."
"We expect a true test tomorrow at Illinois State and another good test on Sunday with Western Kentucky," Monaghan said. "We will have to be at our best because I think Illinois State and Western Kentucky are teams that will exploit some of our weaknesses. Exhibition matches are not about results, but what you can get out of it."The Lady Tigers are the second-youngest team in NCAA Division I women's soccer and put 26 underclassmen on the field to start the 2012 campaign. Ranked 14th in the NSCAA preseason poll, Memphis is coming off a 22-1-1 campaign with six returning starters.
Illinois State opened exhibition play on Wednesday and posted a dominating 6-0 victory at Murray State. The Redbirds went 13-6-0 last season and reached the NCAA tournament for a third time in program history. Illinois State claimed the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and conference tournament titles.
"Illinois State had a great year last year and they've already played an exhibition match, which they won handily," Monaghan said. "We'll definitely have our hands full, but that's exactly what we want because that's how we'll gauge where we are at." The Lady Tigers take on a Western Kentucky squad that finished 13-6-3 and reached the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the second time in four years.
Admission for Sunday's match at Mike Rose Soccer Complex is FREE. Memphis opens the regular season on Friday, August 17 at Missouri before the home opener on Friday, August 31 against Arkansas State.