Sept. 16, 2010
Complete Match Notes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Fresh off a sweep of Southeastern Conference opponents last weekend, the University of Memphis women's soccer squad will face its final non-conference test on Friday as they host TCU at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.
#17/18 Memphis (6-1-0), off to the best record through seven games in program history, will look to close the non-conference schedule on a winning note with a victory on Friday. The Lady Tigers used second half comebacks to top Alabama 4-1 on Friday and Ole Miss 2-1 on Sunday.
TCU (3-3-1) dropped a 4-0 decision to Oklahoma State on Sunday. The Horned Frogs travel to the Bluff City for the first time since 2002 and the former C-USA foes will square off for the first time since 2004.
Friday's match has been designated "Blue Crew Takeover Night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex." "Blue Crew" members can meet at the Central parking lot on the campus of the University of Memphis at 5:15 p.m. for a car pool to Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Blue Crew will host a tailgate beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. All Blue Crew members with a membership card will receive free food at the tailgate.
Fans not able to attend the match at Mike Rose Soccer Complex can watch the game via live streaming with play-by-play by Jeff Brightwell or follow the live chat.
MEMPHIS SWEEPS SEC WEEKEND
• After managing a season-low four shots in the first half, Memphis came alive in the second half behind sophomore Taylor Isenhower's two goals to roll past the Crimson Tide on Friday, 4-1.
• Second-half goals from Lizzy Simonin and Taylor Isenhower were enough to send #20 Memphis past Ole Miss Sunday afternoon at Ole Miss Soccer Complex in Oxford, Miss. • With two victories on the weekend versus SEC competition, Memphis improved to 3-0-0 against SEC opponents.
• The Lady Tigers 6-1 start is the best record through seven games in program history.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
• In front of the 10th largest attendance in stadium history and a nationally televised audience, TCU recorded 17 shot attempts, but it wasn't enough as the Horned Frogs dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 14 Oklahoma State on Sunday evening. TCU fell to 3-3-1 with the loss to Oklahoma State.
• TCU is led in scoring by junior forward Jordan Calhoun who has posted seven points (three goals, one assist).
• Dan Abdalla is in his sixth season at TCU and has a career record of 100-85-48 in 11 seasons as a head coach. His record at TCU is 46-47-6.
PROGRAM CLAIMS 150th VICTORY
• As coach Brooks Monaghan enters his 11th season as head coach, the U of M women's soccer program nears the 150 win plateau. The Lady Tigers had one 10-plus win season in the first nine seasons as a program, but Memphis has won 11-plus games the last six seasons. The Lady Tiger soccer program stands at 150-142-15 after six wins in 2010.
TURNING UP THE HEAT
• Over the last three matches, Memphis has scored 10 goals in second half action. At UALR on Sept. 5, the Lady Tigers posted four second-half goals to topple the Trojans. After trailing 1-0 at halftime against Alabama, the U of M again posted four second-half goals to claim a 4-1 victory over the Crimson Tide on Sept. 10. Facing a 1-0 halftime deficit for the second-straight game, Memphis posted two second half goals to top Ole Miss 2-1 on Sept. 12.
• Memphis has tallied double-digit shot attempts in the second half in each of the last three matches. Memphis recorded 15 second-half shots at UALR. The Lady Tigers posted 14 second-half shots against Alabama and 11 second-half shots at Ole Miss.
TOPDRAWER SOCCER TEAM OF THE WEEK
• Sophomore forward Taylor Isenhower earned TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week honors as announced by the online publication on Monday. Isenhower is the second Memphis women's soccer student-athlete to earn the honor (Ashley Berra 10/26/09). Isenhower scored three goals, two game-winners, in a weekend sweep of SEC foes Alabama and Ole Miss.
C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Sophomore forward Taylor Isenhower earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Sept. 13. Isenhower helped Memphis to a SEC weekend sweep on Sept. 10/12 with three goals, two game-winners.
• Junior defender Lizzy Simonin earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Aug. 30. Simonin helped the Lady Tigers to a second-straight shutout and a 3-0 start to the season with a 1-0 victory over nationally-ranked LSU on Sat., Aug. 28.
• Freshman forward Rasheeda Ansari earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors for week one of the 2010 season as announced by C-USA on Aug. 23. Ansari scored two goals to help Memphis to a 3-0 victory over Samford on Sunday. Ansari is the fifth Lady Tiger freshman to earn C-USA weekly honors in the past five seasons.
CS360 PRIMETIME PERFORMER
• Junior defender Lizzy Simonin earned CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week honors as announced on Aug. 31. Simonin, who transitioned from forward to defender in the offseason, helped Memphis to the 1-0 victory over LSU and became the third U of M women's soccer player to earn the weekly honor. Ashley Berra and Vendula Strnadova earned the honors after the 2009 C-USA Tournament in which Memphis won its third-straight championship.
MEMPHIS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
• For the third-straight week, the Lady Tiger soccer program is ranked in three national polls during the same week. Soccer America and Soccer Times ranks Memphis 17th this week. Memphis is ranked in the NSCAA poll at #18 this week after a 4-1 victory over Alabama and a 2-1 win at rival Ole Miss.
SENIOR CLASS SUCCESS
• As winners of three-straight C-USA Championships, the senior class of Ashley Berra, Brittany Hance, Laura Laufenberg, Amanda Olszewski, Vendula Strnadova and Krista Turner are chasing program history as the winningest class. With 54 wins, the seniors need six victories to surpass the 59 victories that the class of 2006-09 posted. The class of 2010 has posted a win percentage of .793 (54-17-3) which is the best win percentage in program history by a senior class. The class ranks 11th in the nation among senior classes.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Since the 2007 season opener, the Lady Tiger defense has helped Memphis to a 51-4-2 record when opponents score one or fewer goals. When opponents score one or fewer goals in C-USA matches, Memphis boasts a record of 22-0-1.
THREE... IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
• As winners of three-straight C-USA Championships, the Lady Tigers have had immense success when scoring three or more goals in a match. Since 2005, Memphis is 34-1-1 when scoring three or more goals in a match.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
• With 11 home matches in 2010, Memphis will look to continue the home field success gained in recent years. Since 2004, the Lady Tigers have posted a record of 42-16-2 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. In C-USA action at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, Memphis has posted a 21-8-1 record.
• The Lady Tigers introduced seven newcomers to the 2010 squad. Kelley Gravlin joins the midfielder core for the Lady Tigers. Avery Dellheim and Ashley Barksdale join the talented squad of defenders. Rasheeda Ansari, Emmaleigh Davis and Christabel Oduro offer versatility as each will like see playing time at multiple positions. Alena Strnadova joins her sister, Vendula, in the midfield for the Lady Tigers.
• Thus far in 2010, the freshmen have accounted for 24 percent of the Memphis scoring. With six goals and three assists in the first seven games, the freshmen have been a key to the 6-1 start.
HEAD COACH Brooks Monaghan
• Monaghan finished 2009 with his 110th career victory over UCF in the finals of the C-USA Tournament. In 2010, Monaghan will look to add to his program record career winning total. Monaghan has a record of 116-82-11.
• Memphis has posted back-to-back goals in under three minutes in the last three games. At UALR, Lizzy Hildebrandt and Julia Ignacio scored two goals in a span of 1:50. Emmaleigh Davis and Laura Laufenberg combined for back-to-back goals in a span of 1:20 against Alabama and Lizzy Simonin and Taylor Isenhower scored in a span of 2:37 at Ole Miss.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
• Last season, Memphis went 1-6 when opponents scored first. The lone victory in 2009 came at East Carolina when Memphis scored two unanswered goals for the victory. This season, the Lady Tigers are off to a 2-1 start when opponents score first after two-straight victories in comeback fashion over Alabama and Ole Miss.
• Ashley Berra ranks fourth in career points with 73 points. The 2009 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year is tied for third on the all-time goals scored list with 28 after posting two goals at UALR. Berra has registered 165 career shots which ranks fifth all-time.
• Vendula Strnadova claimed the school record for shots in a career with five shots in the 6-0 victory at UALR on Sept. 5. Strnadova has posted 203 career shots in 73 career matches.
• Memphis netminder Elise Kuhar-Pitters continues her accent up the record books. Kuhar-Pitters posted her 16th career shutout in the 1-0 victory over LSU to climb closer to Isabel Birones' record of 25. She ranks second in career goalkeeping victories with 28, needing 11 to tie Birones' record of 39.
• Memphis has posted three shutouts in the first three matches of 2010. Jordan Boyle and Elise Kuhar-Pitters each have one shutout.
• In 2009, the Lady Tiger defense posted a school-record 12 shutouts in 23 matches. Limiting opponents to an average of 0.87 goals per game was a key to the championship success of 2009.
HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
• Memphis senior forward Ashley Berra and senior midfielder Vendula Strnadova were named to the 45-player watch list for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA).
• Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the NSCAA. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December.
• Seniors Ashley Berra and Vendula Strnadova give Memphis one of the top scoring duos in C-USA. The duo combined for 20 goals and 12 assists in 2009 which accounted for 40 percent of the Lady Tigers' offense. After seven games in 2010, the duo has accounted for three goals and six assists.
• Senior forward Ashley Berra was selected as the 2010 C-USA Preseason Offensive Player of the year. Berra claimed the 2009 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors after an explosive 15 goal, eight assist season. Berra was also selected as one of 25 preseason All-Americans by Soccer America.
• Senior midfielder Vendula Strnadova joins Ashley Berra on the C-USA Preseason All-C-USA team. Strnadova is a three-time, first team All-C-USA selection with 20 career goals.
LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
• Vendula Strnadova was selected as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award earlier this season. Strnadova became the first Lady Tiger soccer student-athlete in program history to be named to the 30 member candidate list.
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• In addition to three Conference USA titles, the Lady Tigers achievements in the classroom have set them apart from the competition. With a 3.6 spring semester GPA, the Lady Tigers set a new team record. Twenty-four of 26 players enrolled in the last two semesters recorded GPAs of 3.0 or above. Thirteen Lady Tigers were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal List. Memphis women's soccer was the only team competing in a C-USA-sponsored sport to have double-digit honorees.
• A sign of a championship team is their play on the road. The Lady Tigers have claimed win after win on the road the last three championship seasons. Memphis has a record of 21-5-2 on the road the last four seasons and is 12-2-2 in C-USA road contests.
• The Lady Tigers will have a sister act in the midfield in 2010. Three-time, first team All-C-USA selection Vendula Strnadova is joined by her sister, Alena "Aja" Strnadova, in 2010. The Las Cruces HS products will look to terrorize midfields over the course of the season.
• Vendula has appeared in 73 career matches for the Lady Tigers, posting 20 goals and 12 assists in four seasons.
• Alena "Aja" scored her first career goal versus SLU on Aug. 20, giving the Strnadova duo three points on the night.
• The sisters have combined for three of Memphis' 19 goals scored and two assists in seven matches.
• Redshirt senior Laura Laufenberg will return for her fifth season in 2010 after suffering a season-ending knee injury six games into the 2009 season. Also returning from injury is redshirt-junior Melissa Smith who also played in six matches before being sidelined with a knee injury.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER TOP 20
• TopDrawerSoccer.com released its top-20 rankings for each conference in mid-August and four Lady Tigers made the top-20. Ashley Berra was awarded the number one ranking and Vendula Strnadova was ranked sixth. Elise Kuhar-Pitters was ranked eighth to give Memphis three student-athletes in the top-10. Taylor Isenhower was ranked 17th in the top-20 to give Memphis the most student-athletes of any C-USA program.
FOLLOW MEMPHIS WOMEN'S SOCCER
• Be sure to follow University of Memphis women's soccer on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information. Game updates and video interviews from practice will be linked on those pages and direct you to the official website for University of Memphis athletics, www.gotigersgo.com. To follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter, search UoMWSoccer. You can follow Memphis Women's Soccer on Facebook by searching for University of Memphis Women's Soccer. Direct links for Twitter and Facebook pages can be found at the bottom of each release on www.gotigersgo.com.
• If you can't make it to the game, you can still follow the Lady Tigers. Every home game can be viewed on Gametracker. Just go to GoTigersGo.com, click on "Gametracker" on the side bar under women's soccer and follow the action from any computer.
• This season, the University of Memphis media relations department will seek to provide live chat of all home sporting events as well as select road matches. To participate in the live chat, find the live chat link on the schedule page or click on the link in the preview for that match.
• The Lady Tigers will close out the non-conference schedule as they host TCU on Fri., Sept. 17 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.