Lady Tigers Begins Defense of C-USA Title Against Southern Miss
Sept. 24, 2008
Memphis, Tenn. - The defending Conference USA champions take the field against Southern Miss on Friday Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The game marks the first time in the Memphis women's soccer team's 14 year history that a game will be in defense of a conference crown.
The Conference USA champs from one year ago are a marked team as the C-USA coaches also selected the Lady Tigers as favorites to repeat as C-USA title holders before the season began. The Lady Tigers bring a 4-2-1 non-conference record into conference play which begins this weekend.
Memphis took on a trio of SEC west division opponents in non-conference play finishing 2-0-1. The second game of the year against Alabama was a 1-1 tie and the Lady Tigers chalked up two road wins against Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Memphis' only two losses have come against a pair of ranked teams in Miami and Colorado. In exhibition play, the Lady Tigers kicked off the season notching some valuable experience points when they saw action against the unanimously No. 1 ranked Notre Dame (8-0) and undefeated Western Kentucky.
"A lot of thought went into planning our non-conference schedule in preparation for our C-USA games," said head coach Brooks Monaghan about the tough road leading up to conference play. "We had some tough tests in our non-conference schedule which has prepared us to see everything that might come our way in conference play and I feel like we're definitely up for the challenge."
Southern Miss is first on the conference slate for the Lady Tigers who comes into the weekend with a 4-3-1 record under new head coach Scott Ebke.
"I know coach Ebke very well and he has a highly motivated team this year," said Monaghan on Southern Miss. "I know they remember last year for sure because we were fortunate enough to win both games last year by a big margin. So that will be sticking in the back of their heads and they will be fired up to play us."
The Lady Tigers finish the C-USA weekend home stand on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. as they take on 2007 co-C-USA regular season champions, the UCF Knights at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Lady Tigers celebrate Youth Soccer Month on Sunday as the team will hold a FREE soccer skills clinic following the contest. Memphis is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of playing soccer in America. The University of Memphis is proud to support this effort and further the goals of Youth Soccer Month.