NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Memphis (1-2-0) prepares for its second of three non-conference matches against SEC foes as the squad travels to Vanderbilt (2-2-1) for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday.
• The U of M carries a 15-1-1 record since 2007 following a loss. Thursday’s game is only the second time Memphis can improve that record since Sept. 26, 2010.
• With five upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) on the 2012 roster, Memphis is the second-youngest team in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer.
• Head Coach Brooks Monaghan has started nine underclassmen in each of the three matches this season, with five or more of those nine being freshmen.
• 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 Monaghanis in his 13th season at the helm of the University of Memphis women’s soccer program. He stands two wins shy of 150 for his career.
Vanderbilt carries a 2-2-1 mark into the fourth week of the season. The Commodores have wins over UT Martin (2-0) and Middle Tennessee (2-0), both on the road. Vanderbilt lost 3-1 to Oklahoma State and dropped their home opener 1-0 to Gonzaga on Sunday.
The Commodores tied Oklahoma on Aug. 26. Cheyna Williams paces the Commodores offense with two goals and two assists to her credit. She’s recorded 19 shots and put 10 of the 19 on goal. Dana Schwartz has two goals while Lina Granados has added a goal and assist.
Coached by former Memphis assistant Sebastian Vecchio, Vanderbilt goalkeeper Alexa Levick has been between the posts for all the minutes thus far. She has 13 saves and a 0.96 goals-against average.
Inside The Series
Memphis and Vanderbilt meet for the fourth time on Thursday. The Commodores own a 2-1 edge in the series. The Lady Tigers won the last meeting, 2-0, in Nashville last season. Prior to that match, Vanderbilt won both meetings occurring in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
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Success Against The SEC
Memphis carries a 20-25-4 record against current SEC members, but the Lady Tigers sport a 15-4-1 record since 2007. In that span, Memphis has nine shutouts and has outscored the opposition 39-22. Breaking it down further, Memphis has won eight of the last nine against SEC opponents by a combined score of 19-8.
Versus In-State Rivals
Memphis meets the first of two in-state foes on Thursday as the Lady Tigers will play Middle Tennessee on Sept. 16. The U of M is 25-10 all-time versus in-state opponents, but has played just nine matches against in-state opponents since the 2005 season.
Memphis carries an impressive 34-15-3 record following a loss, dating back to 2002. Looking more closely, the Lady Tigers are 15-1-1 following a loss since the 2007 season. Thursday’s game will be the second match since September 26, 2010 that the Lady Tigers look to rebound from a regular season loss. Since 2007, Memphis is 15-1-1 following a loss and 14 of those 15 wins are via a shutout, including the Lady Tigers 4-0 victory over Arkansas State on Aug. 31 this season.
Defense Wins Championships
Since the 2007 season, the Lady Tiger defense has helped the U of M to an 82-4-5 record when opponents score one or fewer goals. In that same span, Memphis has 60 shutouts.
Three Is The Magic Number
When scoring three or more goals in a match, the U of M carries an 88-6-2 record all-time. Under Head Coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis is 67-3-2. In the past four seasons in which Memphis has five-straight championships, the record when scoring three or more goals is 33-0-2.
When We Were Young
Head Coach Brooks Monaghan has started nine underclassmen in each of the three matches this season, with five or more of those nine being freshmen. Overall, Memphis has seen 12 or more underclassmen in games thus far with 21 seeing action against Arkansas State on Aug. 31. 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.
Memphis carries a 65-64-9 in the month of September, but over the last five seasons, the Lady Tigers have a 26-11 record. Last season, Memphis was 7-0 with five shutouts in September.
Coach Brooks Monaghan Since taking over the program in 2000, head coach Brooks Monaghan has compiled a record of 148-88-15 in 13 seasons. Monaghan has helped the program claim eight, 11-plus win seasons during his tenure. Monaghan has guided the Lady Tigers to an impressive 109-36-10 (.735) record since 2004. Just in the last four seasons, Memphis is 86-23-7 (.772).
In Memphis’ five-straight conference championship run, the Lady Tigers have posted shutouts in 59 of 116 matches, 51 percent of the contests. Just in the last two-plus seasons, Memphis has recorded 28 shutouts in 48 matches, 58 percent of the contests.
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. In the last four plus seasons, Memphis is 35-7-3 in road games. The Lady Tigers are 21-3-3 in conference road games since the 2007 season.
Tine (pronounced Tee-na) Schryvers has burst onto the scene quickly at the U of M as she has seven points in three games. Schryvers had two goals and an assist in the 4-0 win over Arkansas State. Schryvers added a goal against Missouri to lead the squad with three goals thus far.
FIFA U20 World Cup
Three Memphis players missed the opening game of the season due to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Japan. Christabel Oduro and Kylie Davis represented Canada and Natalia Gomez-Junco played for Mexico. Canada went 1-2 in group play with a 6-0 win over Argentina but a 2-1 loss to North Korea eliminated Canada from the tournament. Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over New Zealand, but was eliminated by Nigeria. Thursday's game represents the first match this season that head coach Brooks Monaghan has his full roster of players to call upon. Natalia Gomez-Junco returned from Japan on Monday and is expected to play on Thursday.
Memphis continues the road trip in Baton Rouge, La., in a battle of the Tigers at LSU. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.