Oct. 14, 2010
Complete Match Notes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Departing on its final road trip of the 2010 regular season, the University of Memphis women's soccer team looks to improve on its 4-1-1 record in Conference USA action as the Lady Tigers battle Tulsa on Friday at 5 p.m. at Hurricane Soccer Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. The two-game road trip concludes on Sunday at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas with a 2 p.m. match-up with SMU.
Memphis (10-3-1, 4-1-1 C-USA) enters the tilt on Friday with three-straight 2-0 victories in C-USA play. Junior defender Lizzy Simonin earned C-USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for her work on the back line in last weekend's victories over East Carolina and Marshall.
Tulsa (6-8-0, 1-5-0 C-USA) snapped a seven-game losing skid on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over UTEP. SMU (9-4-2, 4-2-0 C-USA) has won six of their last nine matches after a weekend sweep of Colorado College and UTEP.
• Tulsa snapped a seven-game losing skid on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over UTEP. Tulsa sports a 6-8-0 record thanks to victories UTEP, Missouri State, Murray State, Oral Roberts, Arkansas-Little Rock and Northwestern State.
• Claire Nicholson leads Tulsa with 14 points (seven goals). Stephanie Aitken (three goals, one assist) and Kelsey Killion (one goal, four assists) are the only other Tulsa players with five or more points.
• Katie Bykowski has played all but 27 minutes in net for the Hurricane. Bykowski holds a 0.93 goals-against average and has posted 58 saves.
• Kyle Cussen is in his third season at Tulsa and has a record of 21-27-5 and a career record of 131-101-20 in 13 seasons.
• SMU holds a 9-4-2 record thanks to victories over Colorado College, UTEP, Marshall, East Carolina, North Texas, New Mexico, Davidson, Saint Louis and FIU.
• Kaitlyn Eidson leads SMU with eight points (four goals). Logan May (three goals, one assist), Lauren Shepherd (one goal, five assists), Shelby Hartwick (three goals, one assist) and Amanda Burgardt (three goals, one assist) each have seven points for the Mustangs.
• Courtney Webb has played all the minutes in net for SMU this season. Webb holds a 0.77 goals-against average and has posted 64 saves.
• Brent Irwin is in his fourth season at SMU and has a record of 31-35-5.
• Departing on its final road trip of the 2010 season, Memphis will look to continue success on the road this weekend. Memphis has a record of 22-6-2 on the road the last four seasons and is 13-3-2 in C-USA road contests.
TIGERS POST TWO SHUTOUT VICTORIES
• Memphis used two first-half goals from senior midfielder Vendula Strnadova and solid defense throughout to keep the East Carolina Pirates at bay in 2-0 victory Friday night.
• Memphis used first-half goals from Ashley Berra and Rasheeda Ansari and solid defense to top Marshall on Sunday.
• With the calendar in the middle of October this week, the Lady Tigers see that as a good sign. Memphis has a 33-10-3 record in the month of October the past five seasons.
• The Lady Tigers have allowed only 11 goals on the season. Memphis has held 11 of 14 opponents to one goal or less (seven shutouts), and the opposition has mustered a mere 9.1 shots per game. Memphis is 0-3 this season when opponents score two or more goals, but 10-0-1 when opponents score one or less. Dating back to 2007, Memphis is 55-4-3 when holding opponents to one or fewer goals and 26-0-2 in the same span against C-USA foes.
• Memphis is producing 2.00 goals per game, but what makes it such a scary attack is the balance of the unit. Nine different players have two or more goals, with Taylor Isenhower leading the attack with five. Overall 11 different players have scored for the Lady Tigers thus far in 2010. The unselfish attitude in U of M's play is evident by its 27 assists. Ashley Berra leads the way in that category with five helpers, followed by four from Christabel Oduro.
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 44-17-3 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. In C-USA action at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, Memphis has posted a 23-8-2 record, including 5-1-1 this season.
• Memphis has put together three, three-game winning streaks in 2010 and hopes to continue its three-game streak on Friday. Since head coach Brooks Monaghan took over the program in 2000, Memphis has 32 winning streaks of two or more games.
Six or more - One time (2007)
Five - Two times (2008)
Four - Three times (2009)
Three - 13 times (2010)
Two - 13 times (2010)
PROGRAM CLAIMS 150th VICTORY
• In 11 seasons as head coach, Brooks Monaghan has helped the U of M women's soccer program top 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 154-143-16 after 10 wins in 2010.
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 2-3 start when opponents score first after victories in comeback fashion over Alabama and Ole Miss.
TURNING UP THE HEAT
• In the three matches versus UALR, Alabama and Ole Miss, Memphis 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 tallied double-digit shot attempts in the second half in the four game stretch to close non-conference play. 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 and at home against TCU.
• Ashley Berra ranks fourth in career points with 76 points. The 2009 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year is tied for third on the all-time goals scored list with 29 after posting the game-winner against Marshall. Berra has registered 177 career shots which ranks fourth 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 217 career shots in 80 career matches.
• Memphis netminder Elise Kuhar-Pitters continues her accent up the record books. Kuhar-Pitters posted her 19th career shutout in the 2-0 victory over Marshall to climb closer to Isabel Birones' record of 25. She ranks second in career goalkeeping victories with 31, needing eight to tie Birones' record of 39.
• Vendula Strnadova and Laura Laufenberg have now played in 80 matches in their respective careers. The pair needs four more game appearances to hold the U of M record for matches played in a career.
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 120-84-12.
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 58 wins, the seniors need two victories to surpass the 59 victories that the class of 2006-09 posted. The class of 2010 has posted a win percentage of .741 (58-19-4) which is the best win percentage in program history by a senior class. The class ranks 13th in the nation among senior classes.
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.
• Memphis has posted seven shutouts this season. Elise Kuhar-Pitters has four shutouts and and Jordan Boyle has posted two shutouts. The duo combined for another.
• Memphis posted back-to-back goals in under three minutes in a three game span for the first time in program history. 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.
• Thus far in 2010, the freshmen have accounted for 31 percent of the Memphis scoring. With 10 goals and six assists in the first 14 games, the freshmen have been a key to the 10-3-1 season.
TOPDRAWER SOCCER TEAM OF THE WEEK
• Junior defender Lizzy Simonin was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Oct. 11. Simonin is the third Lady Tiger to earn the honors. Simonin earned the recognition after helping Memphis post back-to-back shutouts over East Carolina and Marshall.
• Sophomore forward Taylor Isenhower earned TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week honors as announced by the online publication on Sept. 13. 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.
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.
C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• For the second time this season, Lizzy Simonin earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 11. Simonin helped Memphis to back-to-back 2-0 shutouts over East Carolina and Marshall.
• 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 Aug. 22. Ansari is the fifth Lady Tiger freshman to earn C-USA weekly honors in the past five seasons.
UNBALANCED C-USA SCHEDULE
• Due to C-USA coaches approving an unbalanced schedule (rotates each year), there will certainly be a disparity between the amount of home and road games for each league member. Memphis is one of three members (Rice and UCF) who have seven home games and four road games in C-USA play. Houston, Southern Miss and UAB each have six home and five road matches and Colorado College, Marshall and SMU have five home and six road matches in C-USA play. UTEP, Tulsa and East Carolina play four home games and seven road games this season.
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 return to Mike Rose Soccer Complex for a three-game homestand to close out the regular season. Memphis faces Rice on Friday, Oct. 22 and 7 p.m.