Sept. 23, 2005
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Game #9 - Memphis (6-2-0) at Southeast Missouri State (4-2-0)
Sunday, September 25 7:00 p.m.
Houch Stadium (10,000) Cape Girardeau, Mo.
After a stretch of four games in eight days, Memphis will have a full six days off before its next game at Southeast Missouri State on Sunday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. It will the final non-conference game of the year for Memphis as the Tigers try to stretch their record to 7-2 for the second straight year.
Memphis opens Conference USA play with a home weekend against Tulane. The Green Wave come to Memphis from their adopted home of College Station, Texas for fall on Friday, September 30 for a 7:00 p.m. game. They are followed by currently undefeated UTEP on Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Series vs. Southeast Missouri State
Memphis holds a 0-0-1 all-time record against the Redhawks. The teams' only meeting came in 2003, a 1-1 tie in Memphis on September 9. It was Memphis' fourth game of the year.
Scouting Southeast Missouri State
The Redhawks enter Friday night's game home game against Eastern Illinois with a 4-2-0 record. They have one common opponent with the Tigers, that being Evansville. SEMO lost to the Purple Aces 1-0 while Memphis defeated Evansville 2-1. The Redhawks have scored 18 goals on the season but 11 of those came in an 11-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Alaina Lacopo leads the Redhawks in goals (4), assists (3), and points (11). Casey Kraft has three goals and three assists. SEMO has given up just three goals all season, and none in the first half.
Brooks Monaghan (Memphis, 1994) is in his sixth year as head coach at Memphis, where he holds a 45-53-5 career record. Prior to his tenure as head coach, he was the assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers for five years, serving since the program's inception in 1995. Just the second head coach in program history, Monaghan became the program's all-time winningest coach last year with his 35th career win.
Heather Nelson (Saskatchewan, 1992) is in her seventh year as head coach at Southeast Missouri State, where she holds a 69-34-10 record. Overall, she has a 100-83-15 career record in this, her 10th season as a head coach. She has led SEMO to a pair of regular season Ohio Valley Conference titles. She also coached four years at Florida State.
Memphis vs. The OVC
Southeast Missouri State will be the fourth opponent that Memphis will face from the Ohio Valley Conference this year, the most of any league in non-conference play. Last year, the Tigers played two OVC opponents, Tennessee Tech and UT-Martin, who they have already played this year, and went 2-0. So far this year, Memphis is 2-1 against the OVC, beating Tennessee Tech and UT-Martin but losing to Samford. In its history, Memphis is 9-5-1 against members of the OVC.
Tigers Debut in Soccer Buzz Regional Poll
For the second straight year, Memphis has been ranked in the Soccer Buzz Central Region poll. This week marks the Tigers' debut in this year's poll. Memphis is ranked 15th in the Central Region, just behind 14th-ranked SMU and oddly ahead of first place and undefeated UTEP, who is receiving votes. The Tigers were ranked as high as 10th in last year's regional poll.
Middle Tennessee was the second of four opponents this year for Memphis that won either its conference regular season or tournament championship last year. So far, the Tigers are 1-1 against these teams after beating the Blue Raiders but losing to Samford. The next conference champion on the Memphis schdeule is UAB (10-15), who was the tournament champions of Conference USA in 2004. SMU (10-30) won both the regular season and tournament championships in the WAC. Additionally, UCF finished in second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference in both the regular season and conference tournament.
Six Straight and Counting
Freshman forward Kylie Hayes made history on Friday night when she scored the game-winning goal against Mississippi State. With it, she became the first player in Memphis history to score a goal in five consecutive games. Only Meredith Smith in 1996 had ever scored goals in four straight games. Hayes extended her streak to six games with a goal in the win over Middle Tennessee on Sunday. She has now recorded a goal in seven of Memphis' eight games.
In the 5-1 win over Middle Tennessee on Sunday, junior forward Shoko Mikami recorded the first hat trick for Memphis since Jessica Gjertsen recorded one in the last game of the 2000 season.
Last year, Memphis individuals only recorded two multiple-goal matches the entire year. Shoko Mikami recorded a hat trick against Middle Tennessee, the fourth individual multiple-goal match this year. Listed below are the players that have recorded multiple-goal matches this year.
Name (Goals) Opponent (Date)
Asuka Kubota (2) Tenn. Tech (8-28)
Shoko Mikami (2) Tenn. Tech (8-28)
Kylie Hayes (2) Evansville (9-4)
Shoko Mikami (3) Middle Tenn. (9-18)
So far this year, it is a sure bet that either Kylie Hayes or Shoko Mikami or both will score a goal each game for the Tigers. At least one of them has recorded at least one goal in every game so far this year and they have scored in the same game in five of the Tigers' eight games.
The Tigers have recorded at least one goal in 11 of their 16 halves of soccer played this year. Memphis already has scored 26 goals and recorded 25 assists and 77 points in just eight games. That is already respectively 93, 89, and 92 percent of last year's total as the Tigers recorded just 28 goals, 28 assists, and accumulated 84 points all of last year (19 games). This has all happened despite Memphis losing players that were responsible for 75 percent of last year's offense.
More Offensive Facts
- Last year, Memphis' top point producer had just 15 points all season long. This year, its point leader, Shoko Mikami, already has surpassed that with 20 points in eight games while Kylie Hayes has 19 points.
- Last year's top goal scorers on the team each had only six goals apiece. This year, Mikami has nine goals already and Hayes has scored eight goals all in just eight games.
By scoring against Ole Miss, Shoko Mikami became the second Memphis player this year to score a goal in three straight games. She became just the eighth player in school history to score a goal in three straight games. Listed below are the players in Tiger history that recorded goals in at least three straight games.
Shoko Mikami 2005
Kylie Hayes (6 straight) 2005
Alison Baker 2002
Alison Baker 2001
Becca Amrozowicz 1999
Jennifer Vossen 1996
Christy Caswell 1996
Meredith Smith (4 straight) 1996
Third Time the Charm
Before Friday's game against Mississippi State, Caroline Barrett
had equaled her goal total from last year by scoring both of her first two goals in exactly the same games as last year, the first and fifth games. Last year, unfortunately, she did not score any more goals the rest of the season last year, partially due to being hampered by injuries. However, in Memphis' seventh game this year, Barrett surpassed her goal total from last year by scoring her third goal. She also assisted on Kylie Hayes' game-winner, which was her first career assist and then on Sunday at Middle Tennessee, recorded another assist, giving her points in three of the Tigers' last four games.
Caroline Barrett - Goals
Goal #1 1st game 1st game
Goal #2 5th game 5th game
Goal #3 N/A 7th game
Home Shutout Streak
Memphis' streak of four straight home shutouts ended in the 3-2 loss to Ole Miss on Tuesday. The streak of minutes without allowing a goal at home also ended at 451:08.
Stingy Second Halves
Despite the home shutout streak ending last Tuesday, Memphis has found another area in which its defense has been stingy. That area is the second half of games. The Tigers have given up just two goals in the second half this year through eight games. In both games in which they gave up second half goals, they won, defeating Evansville and Middle Tennessee.
Briones Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore goalkeeper Isabel Briones had what was probably the best week of her still relatively young collegiate career as Memphis beat UT-Martin and Missouri State and for her efforts was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week. Briones, who is in her third year at Memphis after redshirting as a freshman and only appearing in five games last year, recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career with wins over Skyhawks and Bears. They were the third and fourth respective shutouts of her career. Briones has also already logged more time in goal this year than last year, having played just 365:30 in 2004 and already having played all 720:00 in goal this year.
Memphis' second and third goals against UT-Martin were scored just :15 seconds apart. Last year, the least amount of time in between goals was 2:20 between goals by Madison Cheek and Caroline Barrett against Alabama A&M.
Everybody (New) Scores
Through the first eight games this year, Memphis has had at least one player record her first career point in four of those eight games. Listed below are the games and the individuals that recorded their first career points in those games.
Kylie Hayes (Goal)
Asuka Kubota (Goal)
Kate Murphy (Assist)
Isabel Briones (Assist)
Sarah MacGregor (Assist)
Alexandra Atkinson (Assist)
Lindsey Joseph (Assist)
Emiko Schwab (Assist)
Katy Booth (Assist)
Lauren Everhart (Assist)
Now That's Efficiency
Not only did freshman Sarah MacGregor record her first career point by assisting on Asuka Kubota's first Memphis goal against Tennessee Tech, but she also recorded the assist just :29 seconds after entering the game as a substitute.
Now That's Really Efficient
Freshman Lauren Everhart topped MacGregor's feat by recording her first career point just :10 seconds after entering the game against Missouri State. She stole a goal kick by MSU's goalie and dished to Shoko Mikami for a goal and her first career assist.
Still, neither topped last year's quickest point, which went to Elaine Sedgewick, who assisted on a Mary Shelton goal just :06 seconds after entering the game in Memphis' 5-1 win over Charlotte on October 8th.
The win over Evansville was Memphis' first win on a neutral field since the 1997 season and the first ever win in program history on a neutral field during the regular season. Memphis' only two previous wins on neutral fields came in the 1996 and 1997 seasons and both were Conference USA Tournament games. The Tigers now have a 3-5-1 all-time record on neutral fields.
Mikami Surpasses 2004 in One Game
Shoko Mikami, who led the nation in scoring in Division II while playing at Christian Brothers University two years ago, surpassed both her point and goal totals from last year in just one game by scoring two goals and recording one assist for five points against Tennessee Tech. She had just three points (1g, 1a) last year while playing in just 11 games after recovering from a knee injury for much of the first half of the season.
Long Time Coming
The seven goals scored by Memphis against Tennessee Tech were the most since a 9-0 win over Rhodes on September 1, 1999, which was also the season opener that year. The seven-goal margin of victory was also the most since that same game.
For the second straight year, Memphis recorded a shutout on opening day. It was also the fourth time in school history that the Tigers won in a shutout on opening day.
Goalie Helps Out
Goalkeeper Isabel Briones did something against Tennessee Tech that rarely happens for a goalie, and it was just the second time in Memphis women's soccer history that it happened. She recorded an assist. She assisted on Shoko Mikami's second goal of the day by punting the ball well beyond midfield after making a save. The punt was played out of the air by Kylie Hayes, who dribbled with it before dishing to Mikami for the score. The only other time in program history that a goalie recorded a point was when goalkeeper Heather Chinellato recorded an assist during the 1998 season.
Recruiting Class Ranked Highest Ever at Memphis
The incoming recruiting class of this year, consisting of 14 freshman and one sophomore transfer, was ranked 27th in the country by Soccer Buzz, the highest ever ranking for Memphis. The Tiger newcomers were the highest ranked team in Conference USA in the rankings and they were also ranked eighth in the Central Region. Below is a list of how other C-USA teams ranked in the national rankings, followed by teams that were ranked in their region.
8. Memphis (Central)
8. UCF (Southeast)
13. Rice (Central)
13. UAB (Southeast)
17. SMU (Central)
19. Tulane (Central)
23. UTEP (Central)
23. East Carolina (Southeast)
From National Team to Memphis
Three newcomers on the Tigers have come to Memphis with national team experience for their respective countries. Sophomore Asuka Kubota played on the Japanese Under-19 National Team, freshman Joanna Alexopulos played for the Canadian Under-17 National Team, while freshman Aika Young is a member of the Guam National Team.
Freshman Joanna Alexopulos spent her summer playing with Toronto Lynx of the W-League. The W-League is part of the United Soccer Leagues, which is the largest organization of soccer leagues in North America. The USL sponsors both professional and amateur leagues in both the U.S. and Canada. The W-League is now recognized as the highest level of women's soccer in North America due to the WUSA folding a few years ago. Alexopulos saw action in 12 games for the Lynx, whose roster also included former Tiger Yuiko Konno.
Two members of the Tiger roster were named All-Americans at their previous school. Sophomore transfer Asuka Kubota was an NAIA All-American at Martin Methodist College last year while freshman Chloe James was a high school All-American as a senior at Roger Bacon High in the Cincinnati area.
Alaskan Pipeline to Memphis
Memphis has a very diverse roster, boasting representatives from 10 states and five countries. One of the more unique things about the Lady Tigers is that two members hail from the State of Alaska, which is remarkable considering that Memphis is over 4,000 miles from Anchorage, where both sophomore Halley Jo Sullivan and freshman Kate Murphy hail from. According to research conducted by Matt Beltz of the Memphis athletic media relations office, Memphis is one of only three Division I women's soccer teams in the country that have at least two players from Alaska on its roster. The only other teams in the country that have as many players from Alaska as Memphis are Montana and Valparaiso, which both have three players each from The Last Frontier.
From All Corners of the World
For the second straight year, the Memphis roster has representatives from a number of different states and countries. Last year, the Tigers had players from 12 different states and five different countries on their roster and 40 percent of the roster was made up of foreign players. This year, Memphis has representatives from 10 different states and five different countries and just over 30 percent of the roster is made up of foreign players.
Mike Rose is Home Once Again
For the second straight year, the women's soccer program will play all of its home games at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Last year was the first year that all home games were played there after only playing conference games there for the previous two years.