Women's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season Against Cincinnati on Friday
Oct. 29, 2004
Tigers Close Out Regular Season Against Cincinnati Looking For C-USA Berth
Friday, October 29, vs. Cincinnati, 7:00 p.m. Mike Rose Soccer Complex (3,000), Memphis, Tenn.
This Week: Memphis closes out its regular season with a 7:00 p.m. game against Cincinnati. It will be senior night but more importantly, the Tigers need to win to have a chance for a C-USA Tournament berth.
Looking Ahead: If the Tigers qualify for the C-USA Tournament in St. Louis, they will next play on Wednesday, November 3 against an opponent and at a time to be determined.
Playoff Scenario: Currently, the Tigers are tied with TCU for the eighth and final playoff spot. Both teams have eight points apiece, but the Horned Frogs hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers. Therefore, the Tigers need to win their game against Cincinnati on Friday and then needs to have either DePaul, Charlotte, or TCU lose their final game.
Scouting Cincinnati: The Bearcats enters Friday's game with a 4-12-0 overall record and a 1-7-0 conference mark. They have been outscored by a 30-11 margin and have a 1.86 goals against average. Andrea Haney and Lisa Stephens each have five points apiece to lead the team. Only two players have scored more than one goal on the year. Cincinnati has been shut out nine times this year.
The Coaches: Brooks Monaghan (Memphis, 1994) is in his fifth year as head coach of the Lady Tigers. He holds a career record of 38-50-5 during his time with the Tigers. Prior to becoming the head coach, he served as the goalkeepers coach for the Lady Tigers from 1996-99. He has been a part of the Lady Tiger program for all but one year of its existence, that being the first year of the program in 1995. Under his guidance in his first year as goalkeepers coach, the team's gaa dropped by nearly an entire goal, from 2.74 to 1.77. Monaghan is the all-time leader in shutouts (24) and goals against average (1.40) for the Memphis men's soccer program, which he played for from 1992-94.
UM All-Time vs. Cincinnati: Memphis is 0-9 all-time against Cincinnati. They lost to the Bearcats by one goal last year on the road.
Looking for Another First: For the fourth time this year, Memphis will be looking to defeat an opponent for the first time in its history when the Tigers take on Cincinnati this weekend. The Tigers have been successful in two of these three opportunities so far this year, as they have defeated Houston and Charlotte for the first time ever, but lost to Marquette this past weekend.
Defense Stutters: After giving up just four first-half goals in their first 13 games, Memphis yielded six goals in the first halves of their last four games.
Spreading the Wealth: With Vicki Greenwell having scored her first career goal last weekend, Memphis now has 13 players that have scored at least one goal on the year. There are 10 players with at least one assist, and 15 players with at least one point.
Tigers Crack Regional Rankings: For the first time in program history, Memphis was regionally ranked on September 28. Last week, the Tigers dropped just one spot from #10 to #11 in the Soccer Buzz Central Region poll.
Winning Season Guaranteed: With 10 wins now on the year, Memphis has doubled its win total from last year and already has the second-most wins in school history. They are already guaranteed of just their second winning season in school history, the other of which came in 1997. With a win over Cincinnati, they will tie a school record for most wins in a season. That record is 11 set by the 1997 squad. If they can qualify for the conference tournament, they will have an opportunity to set the school record for wins in a first round C-USA Tournament game.
Double W's: With a 10-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in C-USA play, Memphis has now doubled its win total from last year both overall and in conference play.
Firsts: Freshman midfielder Vicki Greenwell became the eighth Memphis player to score her first career goal when she scored against UAB last weekend. She joined fellow freshmen Candance Halvorson, Kelsey Irish, Carla Scanniello and Caroline Barrett, sophomores Beth Keating and Melissa Savage, and senior Susannah Dawells as Memphis players that have scored their first-career goals this season.
Another Eye-Opener: The win over DePaul on September 24 marked only the second time in program history that the Tigers have won their conference opener. The only other time they did that was in 1996 when they defeated Tulane 2-0. Last year, they tied Louisville in their C-USA opener.
Successful September: The Tigers wrapped up the month of September with a 7-2 record, by far their best start ever in program history through the end of August and September. The program's previous best start through the end of September in terms of win total was in the 2000 campaign when they went 6-5 in August and September.
Iron Women: With just one game left in the regular season, there have been only five players that have played in every game so far and only one of those, Carla Scanniello, has started every game.
Home, Sweet Home: This season will see a bit of a change as far as playing facilities go, as the Tigers will play all of their home games at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex after only playing conference games there the past two years. Throughout the history of the program, the Lady Tigers have a substantially better record at home than on the road. UM is 49-41-5 all-time at home but only 20-65-3 on the road. On neutral fields, the Tigers are 2-4-1, but have played just one match on a neutral field since 1997.
Drawing First Blood: The Lady Tigers were more successful last year when they scored first. Out of their 18 games, they scored first in eight of them, while their opponent drew first blood in nine of them. In the eight games in which they scored first, they went 4-2-2 but only went 1-8-0 when their opponent scored first.
Leading at Halftime is Better: The Tigers led at halftime in just four games last year but not surprisingly, they went 4-0-0 in those games. When trailing at the half, their record was an opposite 0-4-0. When tied at the half, they went just 1-6-3. The Tigers have won eight straight games when leading at the half dating back to 2002.
Recruits Ranked by Soccer Buzz: This year's freshman class has been ranked the 23rd best recruiting class in the Central Region by Soccer Buzz. This is the second straight year that the Lady Tiger recruiting class has been ranked in the regional rankings by the online publication, as last season's freshman class was ranked 11th in the region and was also in the upper half of the national top 100 classes, coming in at 46. Memphis's freshman class is the second-highest rated class in Conference USA in the Central Region, coming in just behind Houston, which came in 22nd.