Women's Soccer Picked Sixth; Three Players Named Preseason All-Conference
Aug 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Memphis women’s soccer was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll selected by the American Athletic Conference coaches, the league office announced Friday. Forward Christabel Oduro, midfielder Kylie Davis and defender Diamond Simpson were picked as AAC Preseason All-Conference selections.
Coming off a 10-8-1 campaign, Memphis returns nine starters and 16 letterwinners in hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth time in program history. Head Coach Brooks Monaghan added 12 newcomers to the roster, nine of which are true freshmen.
Oduro, a two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, is the lone senior on the 2013 ledger. The Brampton, Ontario, native enters her final season on the cusp of program records in many categories. She has scored 32 goals which ranks third all-time and added 19 career assists, which ranks fourth. Her 83 points is 19 shy of the program record held by Kylie Hayes.
A first team All-C-USA pick a year ago, Davis is the team captain for the Lady Tigers. The junior midfielder scored five goals and dished out six assists in 2012. Davis and Oduro had shortened seasons in 2012 due to play for Canada in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Japan.
Simpson rounds out the Lady Tigers on the preseason awards as she comes off a stellar freshman season. Selected to the All-C-USA second team and NSCAA All-Central Region, Simpson helped a young Memphis defense limit opponents to one or fewer goals. Simpson started the year playing forward, but settled into a role on defense.
Memphis faces Auburn in an exhibition match on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex. The regular season opener is Friday, August 23 against Samford at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.