Oct. 27, 2005
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Game #17 - Memphis (11-5-0, 5-2-0 C-USA) at Tulsa (8-8-2, 3-4-0 C-USA)
Friday, October 28 7:00 p.m.
Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium (2,000) Tulsa, Okla.
Game #18 - Memphis (11-5-0, 5-2-0 C-USA) at SMU (12-4-1, 6-1-0 C-USA)
Sunday, October 30 1:00 p.m.
Westcott Field (4,000) Dallas, Texas
The Tigers close out the 2005 regular season with a road trip to the Midwest to take on two new members of Conference USA. They will take on the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then continue onto Dallas to take on SMU in the regular season finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Tigers have already clinched a spot in the Conference USA Tournament, as have five other teams, and this weekend's games will determine the seedings and pairings for the quarterfinals.
The Conference USA Tournament begins on Wednesday, November 2 at Rice Soccer/Track Stadium in Houston, Texas. There are four quarterfinal games on the 2nd. Which one Memphis plays in will be dictated by where they finish in the conference standings, which will be dictated by how the Tigers and the others teams fare this weekend. The semifinals are on Friday, November 4 and the final is on Sunday, November 6.
Series vs. Tulsa
The Tigers and Golden Hurricane have met just one time before, a 5-0 Tulsa win in non-conference action in 1995, which was Memphis' first year of competition. That meeting took place in Tulsa, giving the Tigers a 0-1-0 all-time record against Tulsa.
Series vs. SMU
This will be the first-ever meeting between Memphis and SMU, who is in its first year in Conference USA.
The Golden Hurricane are currently one of four teams vying for the final two spots in the Conference USA Tournament. They enter the weekend tied with East Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot, however the Pirates hold the tiebreaker having defeated the Golden Hurricane this past weekend. Tulsa has a record of 8-8-2 and 3-4-0 in C-USA. They have scored 31 goals and given up 27. Meridith Hart leads the conference in shutouts with seven and the team has eight as all of its wins have come via the shutout. Katie Ward leads Tulsa with nine goals and 21 points while both Jennifer Kacergis and Carrie Schnarre have scored seven goals apiece.
The Mustangs have currently won four games in a row, including shutouts in their last three, to move into a tie for first place with UCF atop the Conference USA standings at 6-1-0, one game ahead of Memphis. Their only conference loss was to Rice. Overall, SMU has a 12-4-1 record. Kimber Bailey leads the Mustangs in goals with 13 and points with 32 and she is second to Shoko Mikami in the conference in both of those categories. She also leads the team in assists with six. Her twin sister, Krystal Bailey, is second with six goals and 16 points. Ashley Gunter has seen all but 20 minutes in goal this year and has a 1.21 goals against average. As a team, SMU has scored 37 goals and given up 23 for a 1.31 team gaa.
Brooks Monaghan (Memphis, 1994) is in his sixth year as head coach at Memphis, where he holds a 50-57-5 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.
Rena Richardson (Hardin-Simmons, 1994) is in her second year at the helm of the Tulsa program. She is 15-18-6 in Tulsa and is 43-83-15 overall in seven seasons as a head coach. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Alabama and held head coaching positions at Louisiana-Monroe and at her alma mater, Hardin-Simmons. She was also an assistant coach at Texas A&M for two years as the Aggies qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both of her years in College Station.
John Cossaboon (SUNY-Cortland, 1977) is in his third year as head coach at SMU, where has accumulated a 44-11-6 record. Overall, he holds a 117-54-12 career record in this, his ninth season. He has led the Mustangs to NCAA Tournament appearances in both of his years in Dallas. Prior to becoming the coach at SMU, he led San Diego for six seasons and helped guide the Toreros to four NCAA Tournaments. He also has coached at UC-Santa Barbara.
Improvement Coming on the Road
The win over East Carolina last week gave the Tigers back-to-back road wins for just the second time in program history. Last year, Memphis won its first three road games of the year, the first-ever time the Tigers had won two or more road games in a row. By just splitting the last two road games of the year this weekend, Memphis can finish above .500 on the road for the first time in program history.
Monaghan Wins 50th Career Game
Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan picked up his 50th career win with Sunday's 5-1 win over Southern Miss. Only the second coach in program history, Monaghan surpassed the only other coach, Les Szabo, in wins last year.
Tigers Clinch C-USA Tournament Berth
Unlike last year when the Tigers entered their final game of the regular season needing to win the game to get into the C-USA Tournament, the Tigers took care of that business a week earlier this year, clinching a berth in the tournament with Sunday's win over Southern Miss and East Carolina's loss to SMU.
Mikami Named C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Shoko Mikami, who leads the conference in goals and points, was named the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Mikami recorded the game-winning goal and assisted on the game-tying goal with five seconds remaining in the win over East Carolina. She then assisted on three goals in the win over Southern Miss. She is the first Tiger to pick up a conference offensive player of the week award since Yuiko Konno in 2003. She shared the award this week with Caitlin Robbins of Rice.
Tigers Tie Record for Second Straight Year
The win over Southern Miss on Sunday gave Memphis 11 wins for the second straight year, once again tying the school record for wins in a season, set last year and in 1997. Memphis will now have two opportunities to break the record this weekend.
UCF was the fourth of five opponents this year that the Tigers will be meeting for the first time. After the loss to the Golden Knights, the Tigers have a 1-3 record against such opponents. The Tigers also lost to Samford and UTEP but defeated Marshall. This weekend, Memphis will meet SMU for the first time ever.
SMU will be the fourth opponent for the Tigers this year that won either their regular season or conference tournament championship last year. So far, Memphis is 2-1 against these teams, beating UAB (C-USA Tournament) and Middle Tennessee (regular season Sun Belt) while losing to Samford (regular season Ohio Valley). SMU won both the regular season and tournament championships in the WAC last year.
Last year, Memphis individuals only recorded two multiple-goal matches the entire year. On Sunday, two individuals recorded multiple-goal matches in the same game for the second time this year, giving Memphis individuals seven multiple-goal matches 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)
Shoko Mikami (3) Tulane (9-30)
Kylie Hayes (2) Southern Miss (10-23)
Emiko Schwab (2) Southern Miss (10-23)
Beating the Best
UCF was the second of three opponents for the Tigers this year that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. UAB was just the first such opponent last weekend. The Tigers are now 1-1 against those teams. SMU will be the third team this weekend. Last year, Memphis went 2-0 against NCAA Tournament teams from the year before, defeating both Ole Miss and DePaul.
Briones Ties Win Record
Sophomore goalkeeper Isabel Briones tied the school record for goalkeeper wins in a season with her 10th "W" in Sunday victory over Southern Miss. The record of 10 was set last year by Natalie Haerens.
Mikami Records Three Assists
Though she has been more known for scoring goals this year, junior forward Shoko Mikami recorded a career-high three assists in Sunday's win over Southern Miss to take over the team lead in that category as well with eight. Mikami's three assists marked the first time that a Memphis player has recorded three assists in a game since Annika Moller had three against Alabama A&M in 2003.
Savage Comes on Strong
After not recording a single point in Memphis' first 11 games, junior midfielder Melissa Savage has come on strong over the last five games, recording six points (2g, 2a) in those games. She has recorded at least one point in four of the last five games. This included back-to-back game-winning goals against Marshall and UAB, as well as her first assist since 2003, which came on the game-winning goal at East Carolina. She also recorded another assist in Sunday's win over Southern Miss.
Records In Danger of Being Broken
With all its offensive prowess this year, Memphis has several individual and team season records that very well could fall by the end of the year. Shoko Mikami inched closer to breaking individual record for goals and points in a season this past weekend, while Isabel Briones has already tied one and has two more goalie records within her reach. The Tigers as a team are also in second place in school history in three offensive categories and on pace to break three others. The box on the right lists these records.
Spreading the Wealth
With Candace Halvorson scoring against East Carolina and Beth Keating scoring her first goal of the year against Southern Miss, Memphis now has had 19 different players record at least one point this year through 16 games and 12 different players record a goal. Only five players that have seen action this year have not recorded a point. Last year, only 16 different players recorded points in 19 games, however there was still more diversity in goal scoring as 14 different players had at least one goal.
No First Score, No Problem
Memphis' 2-1 win over East Carolina was the first game all year that the Tigers won when their opponent scored first. Memphis had been 0-4 so far this year when its opponent scored first and had also lost its last 13 games dating back to 2003 when its opponent scored first. The last game Memphis won when its opponent scored first prior to last Wednesday was against Southern Miss on October 19, 2003, a 3-2 win over the Golden Eagles.
Tigers Stay Perfect Against Pirates
The Tigers maintained their perfect series record against East Carolina with their win. Memphis is now 3-0-0 against the Pirates all-time.
Halvorson Picks the Right Time
Sophomore midfielder Candace Halvorson couldn't have picked a better time for her first goal of the season, as she scored the game-tying goal with just five seconds remaining to send the Tigers to overtime against East Carolina, where they won it on a goal by Shoko Mikami. It was just the second goal of Halvorson's career. Oddly enough, both of her goals have come in the month of October and both have come against schools from North Carolina: vs. East Carolina this year and against Charlotte last year.
Mike Rose - Where C-USA Champs go Down
The win over UAB marked the second straight year that the defending Conference USA champion from the previous season had come to the Mike Rose Soccer Complex for a regular season game and left with a loss. Last year, DePaul, which had won the conference crown in 2003, opened conference play with the Tigers and also left with a one goal loss.
Tigers Break UAB Losing Streak
The win over UAB also broke a three-game losing streak to the Blazers, which included two losses last season, one in the conference tournament. The win was Memphis' first over UAB since the 2002 season, which was also the last time that the two teams played in Memphis prior to last Friday.
Memphis' individuals have scored goals in back-to-back games five times this year. Shoko Mikami has done it three times, Kylie Hayes has done it once (six straight games) and Melissa Savage was the latest to do it with goals against Marshall and UAB. Last year, Tiger individuals only scored goals in back-to-back games three times.
Briones Awarded Second Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore goalkeeper Isabel Briones was named the Conference USA co-Defensive Player of the Week after her shutout against UAB. It is her second C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award this year. Earlier this year, she garnered the award after shutting out both UT-Martin and Missouri State in the same week.
Mississauga Duo Comes Through
The freshman duo of Joanna Alexopulos and Alexandra Atkinson are both from Mississauga, Ontario and were club teammates prior to coming to Memphis. The duo played a big part in Memphis' 2-1 win at Marshall. Alexopulos drew the start at goalkeeper, her first-ever game at goalkeeper in her career, and came up with the win, making four saves and only allowing one goal, which came on a penalty kick. Atkinson, meanwhile, a center defender who has started all 16 games this year, played steadily on the defensive end of the field to help out her first-time goalie and also assisted on both of Memphis' goals in the game.
So far this year, it is nearly 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 13 of the 16 games so far this year and they have scored in the same game in six of the Tigers' 16 games.
Two of the games in which neither of them scored, the Tigers were shutout in. The only other game that neither of them scored in was the 1-0 win over UAB.
With the regular season nearly over, Memphis has just three players that have played in and started every game this year. Only Kylie Hayes and half of the defensive backfield of Alexandra Atkinson and Halley Jo Sullivan have started every game for the Tigers this season.
Mikami Records Second Hat Trick
Junior forward Shoko Mikami recorded her second hat trick of the year and second in three games with three goals against Tulane. Mikami, who had become the first Tiger to record a hat trick since Jessica Gjertsen in 2000 when she turned the trick against Middle Tennessee on September 18, became the first player to record two hat tricks in a season since Gjertsen did in 2000. Gjertsen had three hat tricks in 2000 while the Tigers as a team had four with Candice Spiniolas having the other.
Tigers Top 2004 Totals in 10th Game
Memphis surpassed its total of 84 points from all of last year in just its 10th game. Currently, the Tigers have 112 points on the year. Memphis also has surpassed its goal total from last year (28) and assist total from 2004 as well (28), which came in 19 games. Memphis now has 44 goals and 47 assists on the year in 16 games. The Tigers have also recorded at least one goal in 20 of the 32 halves they have played this year, not including overtime periods.
Long Time Coming
It only took 58 career games to do it, but senior defender Courtnee Melton recorded her first career goal in the 6-0 win over Tulane. Melton, one of two seniors on the team this year and a local product out of Bartlett, Tenn., scored Memphis' second goal of the game. It was also her first points in nearly three years, as her only career points before the Tulane game were two assists she recorded as a freshman in 2002.
Hayes Sets Record with Streak
Earlier this year, freshman forward Kylie Hayes made history by becoming the first player in school history to score a goal in both five and six straight games. The previous record for consecutive games with a goal was held by Meredith Smith, who scored in four straight games in 1996.
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 36 points in 16 games. Two others have also already passed that as Kylie Hayes has 29 points and Asuka Kubota 17 points.
- Last year's top goal scorers on the team each had only six goals apiece. This year, Mikami has 14 goals already and Hayes has scored 12 goals in 16 games.
- Last year's assist leader had six assists in 19 games. This year, both Shoko Mikami and Asuka Kubota have already passed that with eight and seven assists, respectively, in 16 games while Nicky McLeod has equalled it with six assists in 16 games. Kylie Hayes also has five assists.
Shoko Mikami became the second Memphis player this year to score a goal in three straight games, joining Kylie Hayes. She also 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
Tigers Set Mike Rose Attendance Record
With a crowd of 739 at the Ole Miss game, Memphis set a record for home attendance at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. It was also the second-largest home crowd ever for the women's soccer program.
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.
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.
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 played 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. It was certainly another successful season on the home pitch, as the Tigers ended their home season on Sunday with a 7-3-0 record.