Aug. 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 11/14 Memphis opens the 2012 season on Friday in Columbia, Mo., with a non-conference battle with Missouri. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Audrey J. Walton Track and Field/Soccer Stadium.
- Memphis kicks off its 18th season of women's soccer with the season opener at Missouri on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday's season opener marks the earliest a season has started for the U of M in program history.
- Memphis opens the season on the road for the ninth time in program history and second time in last three seasons.
- With five upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) on the 2012 roster, Memphis is the second-youngest team in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer.
- Memphis is one of 14 teams in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer with all goalkeepers being freshmen, redshirt and/or true-freshmen.
- Head Coach Brooks Monaghan begins his 13th season at the helm of the University of Memphis women's soccer program. He enters the year three wins shy of 150 for his career.
Missouri posted a 12-8-1 record in 2011 and a 3-5-0 record in their final season in the Big 12 Conference. Missouri returns nine starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2011 team. Missouri produced 1.76 goals per game in 2011 and recorded 16.9 shots per game while allowing 1.19 goals per game on 15.4 shots per game. Missouri is led by top returners Kaysie Clark, Alyssa Diggs, Danielle Nottingham, Dominique Richardson and goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein. Clark, a sophomore midfielder, posted two goals and five assists in her freshman season. Diggs, a junior forward, had four goals and four assists last season. Nottingham led the team with 13 points last season with five goals and three assists. Richardson was the leading goal scorer with six. Sauerwein made 112 saves and had six shutouts in 21 matches to finish with a 1.30 goals-against average.
Inside the Series
Missouri and Memphis have met just one time on the pitch with the Tigers of Missouri earning a 3-2 victory on Aug. 31, 2001. Memphis has a 0-2 record all-time in Columbia following a 1-0 heartbreaking loss to Illinois in the 2008 NCAA Tournament first round match played at Audrey J. Walton Track and Field/Soccer Stadium.
|August 31, 2001
Off To A Good Start
Memphis has a 11-6-0 all-time in season openers and has won eight-straight dating back to 2003. Since a 3-1 loss to Mississippi State to open the 2003 campaign, Memphis has outscored opponents 35-3. In a road opener that begins the season, Memphis carries an even 5-5 record. The Lady Tigers have reeled off five-straight wins in road openers to begin a season with the last loss coming at Missouri in 2001. In the last five matches, Memphis has outscored opponents 18-2 after being outscored 23-6 in the previous five contests.
When We Were Young
Memphis is tied with three other schools as the second-youngest squad in all of NCAA Division I Women's Soccer. Morehead State and Virginia Military Institute are statistically the youngest teams with four upperclassmen on their rosters. Memphis is tied with Washington State and Francis Marion for the second-fewest upperclassmen with five.
Don't Forget About Us
Although there are only five upperclassmen on the roster, Memphis sports a squad with a talented group of experienced sophomores. Nine of the ten sophomores on the roster saw action last year, with the exception being Alena Strandova. Of the nine, they combined for 138 games of experience and 80 starts.
Memphis may be the second-youngest team in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer, but statistically speaking, Memphis has more than half its offensive production back from a season ago.
FIFA U20 World Cup
Memphis will be missing three players for the four opening games of the season due to to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Japan. Christabel Oduro and Kylie Davis are on the Canada roster while Natalia Gomez-Junco plays for Mexico. The U20 World Cup begins on August 19 and runs through September 8. Mexico will play Japan (Aug. 19), Switzerland (Aug. 22) and New Zealand (Aug. 26) in group play. Canada plays Argentina (Aug. 20), Norway (Aug. 23) and North Korea (Aug. 27). Quarterfinals are August 30-31 with the semifinals scheduled for Sept. 4. The U20 World Cup final is September 8.
Success Against The SEC
Memphis carries a 20-24-4 record against current SEC members, but the Lady Tigers sport a 15-3-1 record since 2007. In that span, Memphis has nine shutouts and has outscored the opposition 38-17. Breaking it down further, Memphis has won eight-straight against SEC opponents by a combined score of 18-3.
For the first time in program history, Memphis is ranked in preseason polls. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA Preseason Top-25, No. 11 in the Soccer America poll and No. 24 in the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Tournament 64 rankings. CollegeSportsMadness.com previewed Memphis at No. 15.
Memphis was picked to win a sixth-straight C-USA Championship in the preseason poll announced by the league office. Christabel Oduro was voted the Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year. CollegeSportsMadness.com also picked Memphis to win the league and Oduro was the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for C-USA. CollegeSportsMadness.com also named Becca Brown the C-USA Freshman of the Year, Oduro a first team All-C-USA selection and Kaitlyn Atkins, Carly Cassady and Natalia Gomez-Junco were second team selections.
Battle Of The Tigers
Memphis and Missouri share the same mascot and it will be the first of three contests on the Memphis schedule in a "Battle of the Tigers". The U of M takes on the LSU and Colorado College Tigers later this season. Memphis has played 11 matches against programs with the same team name and carries a 7-4 record. Memphis has won seven-straight against other Tiger teams.
As the summer winds to a close, the U of M may be sad to see the calendar flip past August. In 16 seasons, Memphis is 19-5-1 all-time in the month of August and is unbeaten in the last 17 matches, dating back to the 2003 season. Since their last loss in the month of August (8/31/03), Memphis has outscored its opponents 58-5. In those 17 games since the last loss, Memphis has posted 12 shutouts.
Defense Wins Championships
Since the 2007 season, the Lady Tiger defense has helped the U of M to an 81-4-5 record when opponents score one or fewer goals. In that same span, Memphis has 59 shutouts.
Last season, Memphis finished the non-conference slate with a perfect 8-0 record, including five shutouts. The Lady Tigers allowed just four goals in the eight matches, the fewest goals scored by non-conference opponents in the 16-year history of the program.
Three Is The Magic Number
When scoring three or more goals in a match, the U of M carries an 87-6-2 record all-time. Under Head Coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis is 66-3-2. In the past four seasons in which Memphis has five-straight championships, the record when scoring three or more goals is 32-0-2.
The sign of a good team is its play on the road and the Lady Tigers have had some great success playing away from the Bluff City. Memphis was 11-0-0 on the road last season, and set a single-season school record for most road wins in any season. In the last four plus seasons, Memphis is 35-6-3 in road games. The Lady Tigers are 21-3-3 in conference road games since the 2007 season.
Coach Brooks Monaghan
Since taking over the program in 2000, head coach Brooks Monaghan has compiled a record of 147-86-15 in 12 seasons. Monaghan has helped the program claim eight, 11-plus win seasons during his tenure. Monaghan has guided the Lady Tigers to an impressive 108-34-10 (.743) record since 2004. Just in the last four seasons, Memphis is 85-21-7 (.783).Below is a look at the milestone victories for Coach Monaghan.
||Aug. 25, 2000
||San Francisco, 2-1
||Oct. 8, 2003
||UT Martin, 3-1
||Oct. 23, 2005
||Southern Miss, 5-1
||Nov. 4, 2007
||East Carolina, 2-1
||Sept. 25, 2009
||Southern Miss, 2-0
||Nov. 7, 2010
||#24 UCF, 1-0
In Memphis' five-straight conference championship run, the Lady Tigers have posted shutouts in 58 of 113 matches, 51 percent of the contests. Just in the last two seasons, Memphis has recorded 27 shutouts in 46 matches, 59 percent of the contests.
Memphis continues to have a strong presence of Canadians on the roster as eight Canadians are on the 2012 roster. Since current assistant coach Jodi Grant first donned the Blue and Gray when the program started in 1995, there has been at least one Canadian every season. Also, there has been six or more Canadians on the roster since the 2008 season, with a program-high eight this season.
Coupled with eight Canadians, Memphis has some international flair on the roster. The Lady Tigers have players from Belgium (Tine Schryvers), England (Lucy Cunningham) and Mexico (Natalia Gomez-Junco).
Make sure you follow Memphis Women's Soccer on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MemphisWSoccer) and on Twitter (@UoMWSoccer) for updates during games and throughout the season.
Every home match, plus select road games, will be available to follow on GoTigersGo.com via GameTracker. GameTracker offers users the chance to view live stats as the game progresses. Just go to GoTigersGo.com, click on the `GameTracker' icon on the women's soccer schedule page.
Memphis has a two-week break before their next match, the home opener against Arkansas State at 7 p.m. on August 31.