Memphis Women's Soccer Set to Battle Ole Miss and Miami This Weekend
Sept. 4, 2008
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis women's soccer team comes into this weekend's contests against Ole Miss and Miami holding on to an undefeated 1-0-1 2008 record. The Lady Tigers face off against the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Oxford, Miss., and return to Memphis to host the Miami Hurricanes in their first meeting on Sunday, Sept. 7. at 1:00 p.m.
Last season Memphis improved their all-time record with Ole Miss to 3-7-1 with a 1-0 victory at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. With Brooks Monaghan at the helm however, the Lady Tigers have had a 3-3 record. Memphis looks to take advantage of a 0-1-2 winless 2008 Rebels team before they begin their typical winning ways.
Each of the three games the Rebels have played in 2008 has required two overtime periods to obtain an outcome. Over the past weekend Ole Miss played both TCU and SMU to 2-2 double overtime ties. On Aug. 22, the Rebels squared off against Western Kentucky, a preseason opponent of Memphis, only to lose on a touch shot off of a free kick in the 108th minute of the second overtime.
Head coach Brooks Monaghan knows this Ole Miss squad and their head coach Steve Holeman very well.
"We know that we will have a tough battle on our hands," Monaghan said. "Ole miss is a very strong program. We have a lot of respect for them. I am actually very good friends with both of the coaches there. Every year it seems to be a great battle. We look at them as our out of conference rival. The game is usually a close contest. This year will not be much different. They are a very well coached and extremely athletic team and we are going to have to be on top of our game to give ourselves a chance to get a result."
The Memphis women's soccer team returns home to Mike Rose Soccer Complex following its bout in Oxford, Miss. to host an unfamiliar Miami Hurricanes team. The 3-0 Hurricanes are receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz national polls and will face the Lady Tigers for the first time in their history.
Monaghan is working hard to prepare his Lady Tigers to face an unfamiliar, but very talented Hurricane opponent in the latter part of the weekend.
"Miami is a team that we have not faced before," Monaghan said. "They come from the ACC which is looked upon as probably the top leagues in women's soccer. We're excited about the match. We did get an opportunity to see them play last year when we were at the same tournament. What I saw last year was that they are a very strong squad that has some very talented individuals. We're doing our research on them scouting their previous opponents and hopefully we'll be well prepared for them come Sunday."