Lady Tigers Play Two In-State Opponents as Non-Conference Play Continues
Sept. 7, 2004
Tigers Play Two In-State Opponents as Non-Conference Play Continues
Tuesday, September 8, at Tennessee-Martin, 4:00 p.m.
This Week: The Tigers continue their week of playing in-state foes with a pair of games against teams from Tennessee, both from the Ohio Valley Conference. First, they travel to Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. game with the Skyhawks and then they return home to play their second home game of the year on Friday against Tennessee Tech at 8:00 p.m. That game will be the second of a doubleheader with the men, who play Western Kentucky at 6:00 p.m.
Looking Ahead: After they will have played three of their first four non-conference games on the road, the Lady Tigers will play their final non-conference road game by traveling to Starkville, Miss. for a game against Mississippi State on Tuesday, September 14. They will then play a pair of home games the following weekend, against Drury on September 17 and against Samford on September 19, which will be the beginning of a four-game homestand.
Scouting Tennessee-Martin: The Skyhawks enter Wednesday's game with a 1-2-1 record. They suffered losses to UT-Chattanooga and South Alabama, tied with Southern Miss, and defeated Belmont. UTM has scored just three goals in its four games this year.
Scouting Tennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles will enter Friday's game with a 3-0-1 record, having won their first three games of the season against Mercer, UNC-Ashville, and East Tennessee State, before settling for a tie against Birmingham Southern this past Sunday. They have yielded just one goal the entire year while scoring seven. Allison Goddard leads the Golden Eagles with two goals and four points while Danielle Parrott has three assists. TTU already has nine players with at least one point on the year.
The Coaches: Brooks Monaghan (Memphis, 1994) is in his fifth year as head coach of the Lady Tigers. He holds a career record of 30-45-5 during his time with the Tigers. Prior to becoming the head coach, he served as the goalkeepers coach for the Lady Tigers from 1996-99. He has been a part of the Lady Tiger program for all but one year of its existence, that being the first year of the program in 1995. Under his guidance in his first year as goalkeepers coach, the team's gaa dropped by nearly an entire goal, from 2.74 to 1.77. Monaghan is the all-time leader in shutouts (24) and goals against average (1.40) for the Memphis men's soccer program, which he played for from 1992-94.
UM All-Time vs. UT-Martin: The Tigers are 3-1 all-time against the Skyhawks. Memphis defeated UTM last year 3-1. This is the fourth straight season the two teams will play.
UM All-Time vs. Tennessee Tech: The Tigers and Golden Eagles have met just one time before, that being in 2001 and TTU was victorious 1-0 in Cookeville.
UM vs. The Ohio Valley Conference: Memphis holds a 6-4-1 all-time mark against teams currently in the Ohio Valley Conference. Not included in this mark is the 3-1 win over OVC member Southeast Missouri State in preseason action this year.
First Two of Three: This week's two games will be the first two of three games the Tigers will play this year against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, the most of any conference for UM's non-conference games this year. The next most are the Southeastern and the Missouri Valley, of which the Tigers will play two schools from each.
Long Time Coming: Senior co-captain Susannah Dawells scored her first career goal in Sunday's game against Middle Tennessee State. The native of Manchester, England tucked in a corner kick just inside the upper right corner of the goal.
Tigers Regain Upper Hand vs. Ole Miss: With a 1-0 win over Ole Miss last Tuesday, the Tigers successfully avenged their worst loss of last season and also defeated the Rebels for the first time since 2001. Ole Miss, which returned most of its team from last season's squad the won the SEC West and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, was ranked #8 in the Central Region by Soccer Buzz and received votes in the preseason top 25 NSCAA poll.
Memphis Breaks Ole Miss Streak: The win over Ole Miss also ended a streak. The Rebels had won 16 straight non-conference game at home and had not lost in their last 22 non-conference games at home, winning 21 and tying one. Their last lost at home prior to Tuesday night was against San Diego State in 1999.
Finding the Offense ...: The Lady Tigers will be looking for some more scoring options this season and with just three regular season games and two exhibitions under their belts, perhaps they have found some. In five games this year, including the two exhibitions, Memphis has scored 15 goals, and nine have come from freshmen.
... Without All C-USA Returnees: Making the offensive performance in the first few games of the year even more impressive is that the Tigers have been without two All-Conference players from last year. Those same two players also were named to this year's preseason All-C-USA team. Yuiko Konno tied for the league lead in goals with 12 and also led the conference in points per game and goals per game. She is attending classes at Memphis while waiting on an NCAA ruling concerning her eligibility. Nicky McLeod started all 18 games last year and scored two goals on four assists while anchoring the Tiger midfield. She injured her knee during the spring and is hoping to return before the end of the month.
Scanniello Starts Strong: Freshman Carla Scanniello scored two goals against Alabama A&M last Sunday. Just three games into the season, she is already halfway to equaling the total number of goals she scored as a senior at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., when she had four goals.
Haerens Hard to Beat: Another freshman has made a mark in her first three games as well, only this one from the defensive end. Freshman goalkeeper Natalie Haerens recorded shutouts in her first two collegiate appearances and played 254:54 before allowing her first goal yesterday against Middle Tennessee State. She has made 20 saves in her first three games and recorded a 0.74 goals against average.
Defense Dazzles Early On: Haerens has been just a part of the defense that did not allowed a single goal in the first two games, and has allowed just two in three games. Expected to be a strong point of the team this year, the backfield has lived up to its billing thus far. In just three games so far this year, the Tigers have recorded two shutouts after only recording three all of last year and have a goals against average of 0.74.
Redshirts Return: In addition to the seven true freshmen and one transfer that are new to the Lady Tiger roster this year, two freshmen that redshirted last year with injuries return to action this year, making for a total of 10 new players. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Isabel Briones will battle true freshman Natalie Haerens for the starting position between the pipes while redshirt freshman forward Candace Halvorson will provide depth up front. Both Briones and Halvorson sustained knee injuries last summer, forcing them to redshirt.
Exhibition Games: The Tigers played two exhibition games in preparation for the regular season. On August 17, Memphis defeated the women's soccer alumni team 6-2. Sophomore Madison Cheek scored two goals while senior Susannah Dawells had one. A trio of freshmen, Vicki Greenwell, Carla Scanniello, and Candace Halvorson also added one goal apiece. All six goals for the Tigers were scored in the first half.
Home, Sweet Home: This season will see a bit of a change as far as playing facilities go, as the Tigers will play all of their home games at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex after only playing conference games there the past two years. Throughout the history of the program, the Lady Tigers have a substantially better record at home than on the road. UM is 43-40-5 all-time at home but only 19-61-3 on the road. On neutral fields, the Tigers are 2-4-1, but have played just one match on a neutral field since 1997.
Drawing First Blood: The Lady Tigers were more successful last year when they scored first. Out of their 18 games, they scored first in eight of them, while their opponent drew first blood in nine of them. In the eight games in which they scored first, they went 4-2-2 but only went 1-8-0 when their opponent scored first.
Leading at Halftime is Better: The Tigers led at halftime in just four games last year but not surprisingly, they went 4-0-0 in those games. When trailing at the half, their record was an opposite 0-4-0. When tied at the half, they went just 1-6-3. The Tigers have won eight straight games when leading at the half dating back to 2002.
Foreign Presence: This year's team will have a diverse ethnic makeup as nearly half (40 percent) of the team is made up of foreign players. The Tigers have six natives of England, one native of Sweden, two players from Japan, and one from Canada, in addition to the 15 players from the U.S. In addition to the foreign presence, the Tigers also have representatives from 12 different states on the team. Each of those 12 states has only one representative except for Tennessee, which has four natives on the Tigers.
Recruits Ranked by Soccer Buzz: This year's freshman class has been ranked the 23rd best recruiting class in the Central Region by Soccer Buzz. This is the second straight year that the Lady Tiger recruiting class has been ranked in the regional rankings by the online publication, as last season's freshman class was ranked 11th in the region and was also in the upper half of the national top 100 classes, coming in at 46. Memphis's freshman class is the second-highest rated class in Conference USA in the Central Region, coming in just behind Houston, which came in 22nd.
Captains Named: Head coach Brooks Monaghan has named seniors Susannah Dawells and Mary Shelton co-captains for the 2004 season. Dawells has started 26 of the 51 games she has appeared in during her three years at Memphis while recording five career assists from her midfield position. Shelton is entering her third season as a captain, having been named one prior to the 2002 season. She has been a model of consistency during her three years at Memphis, as she has started 55 of 56 career games. She has scored four career goals from her defender position and will anchor what is expected to be a strong defensive backfield for the Tigers this year.