Women's Soccer Faces UCF on Wednesday in C-USA Tournament
Go Tigers! Kylie Davis is back after missing several games due to injury
Go Tigers!
Kylie Davis is back after missing several games due to injury
Go Tigers!

Oct. 30, 2012


Memphis vs. #20 UCF
El Paso, Texas 

Wednesday 8:00 p.m. (CT)
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EL PASO, Texas – Memphis (10-7-1) looks to take momentum from a 4-0 victory in the regular season finale into the Conference USA Tournament against No. 20 UCF (14-4-1) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. (CT) at University Field in El Paso, Texas.

  • Memphis has scored eight goals in the month of October, the fewest in program history. The lowest October total is nine in 2001 and last season Memphis had 22 goals in October. 
  • UCF and Memphis meet in the C-USA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons, but Wednesday’s encounter will be the first matchup that features the two sides opening the tournament against one another. 
  • Memphis carries a 17-7 record all-time in the C-USA Tournament. More impressive, 11 of the last 16 victories for Memphis have come via shutouts. 
  • Memphis is 9-0-1 all-time when meeting a team in the C-USA Tournament after beating that team in the regular season match. 
  • The Lady Tigers are 4-3 all-time in games at University Field in El Paso, Texas. Three of the four wins have come in C-USA Tournament action as the U of M won the first of five-straight titles at UTEP in 2007. 
  • With five upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) on the 2012 roster, Memphis is the second-youngest team in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer. 
  • Memphis is one of 14 teams in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer with all goalkeepers being freshmen, redshirt and/or true-freshmen. 
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Stat Comparison
Memphis Stat UCF   
10-7-1 Record 14-4-1
6-4-1 C-USA Record 8-3-0
2.33 Goals/Per 2.47
2.22 Assists/Per 2.47
.143 Shot Pct. .150
.474 SOG Pct. .527
16.3 Shots/Game 16.5
4.83 CK/Game 6.21
1.57 GAA 0.56
3.89 Saves/Per 3.11

Scouting UCF
UCF carries an impressive 14-4-1 record into the C-USA Tournament. The Knights have won eight of their last 10 matches with all eight wins being shutouts.

Nicolette Radovcic leads the high-octane offense with 11 goals while Jennifer Martin (7), Tishia Jewell (6) and Kristina Trujic (5) help the Knights average 2.47 goals per match.

Lianne Maldonado has 1285 of the 1764 minutes in net for UCF while Connie Organ has seen 479 minutes in goal. The duo split the minutes in six of 11 C-USA matches for UCF. Maldonado carries a 0.63 goals-against having allowed just nine goals this year.

Inside the Series
Memphis and UCF have played some highly-competitive games in the past and the U of M carries an 8-3-1 advantage in the series. Wednesday’s meeting will mark the fifth in the last six years between the two in the C-USA Tournament. Three of the four previous meetings at the C-USA Tournament have come in the championship match.

Date Location Result
Oct. 21, 2005 at Memphis 0-1, L
Oct. 6, 2006 at UCF 2-1, W
Oct. 28, 2007 at Memphis 1-2 (2OT), L
Nov. 11, 2007 C-USA Tourn. 2-0, W
Sept. 28, 2008 at UCF 1-2 (OT), L
Nov. 7, 2008 C-USA Tourn. 2-0, W
Sept. 27, 2009 at UCF 1-0, W
Nov. 8, 2009 C-USA Tourn. 3-0, W
Oct. 1, 2010 at Memphis 1-1 (2OT), T
Nov. 7, 2010 C-USA Tourn. 1-0, W
Oct. 23, 2011 at UCF 3-0, W
Sept. 21, 2012 at Memphis 2-1 (OT), W

Save The Day 
Freshman goalkeeper Christa Strickland recorded 10 saves at SMU to post a career best. Strickland became the first Memphis goalkeeper with 10 saves since Isabel Birones had 12 saves at UAB in 2004. Currently, Strickland carries a 1.32 goals-against average which ranks third among freshman goalkeeper in program history. With six saves at the C-USA Tournament, Strickland would tie for third in the programs history for saves by a freshman goalkeeper. Strickland will take the top spot in minutes played with 12 minutes of action, sitting at 1358 entering the tournament. Natalie Haerens (2004) and Katarina Wicksell (1370) hold the top spot at 1370.

Unfamiliar Territory
No member of the 2012 squad had seen the U of M drop four-straight matches. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2004 to find the last time Memphis dropped four-straight. The Lady Tigers lost four-straight matches, three via shutout from Oct. 7-19th.

Memphis was winless over five matches, marking the first time since the 2003 season. In 2003, the Lady Tigers lost their first two matches, tied back-to-back matches and lost game five to go 0-3-2 over five games.

Half and Half
Memphis has an 18-6 goals scored advantage in the first half this season, but the Lady Tigers have been outscored 23-21 in the second half. On four occasions this season, Memphis has allowed three or more second half goals in games lost. In the opener at Missouri, Memphis allowed four second half scores and UTEP scored four in the meeting at El Paso. Tulsa and Oklahoma State scored three second half goals in their wins over Memphis. On the flip side, the U of M has scored two or more goals in the first half on six occasions this season.

Comeback Kids
Memphis has come-from-behind wins against Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee and UCF to its credit this season. Three comeback victories match the total from the last two seasons combined, and are the most in any season since 2006.

Year Comeback Wins (Result)
2012 Vanderbilt (2-1, 2OT), MTSU (3-2), UCF (2-1, OT)
2011 Tulsa (2-1, OT)
2010 Ole Miss (2-1), Alabama (4-1)
2009 East Carolina (2-1)
2008 UAB (2-1)
2007 UAB (2-1, OT), Arkansas (2-1, 2OT)
2006 East Carolina (2-1), Rice (4-3), UCF (2-1)
2005 East Carolina (2-1, OT)

Record Book Watch 
Christabel Oduro scored two goals in the regular season finale at UAB to move to a tie for third all-time with 32 goals. One more goal will tie her with assistant coach Jodi Grant for second and she needs 11 to tie for the top spot in the record books, held by Kylie Hayes at 43. With the two goals at UAB, Oduro passed Ashley Berra for third all-time with 83 points. Oduro needs 11 points to catch second place holder Jodi Grant and 19 to catch Kylie Hayes for first.

Player Goals Player Points
1. Kylie Hayes 43 1. Kylie Hayes 102
2. Jodi Fisher 33 2. Jodi Fisher 94
3. Christabel Oduro 32 3. Christabel Oduro 83
3. Ashley Berra 32 4. Ashley Berra 82
5. Shoko Mikami
28 5. Shoko Mikami 77

Taylor Isenhower is guaranteed of playing one more game in her career which will tie her for second all-time in program history with Vendula Strnadova at 88 games. 

Player Games Played
1. Lizzy Hildebrandt 90
2. Vendula Strnadova 88
3. Taylor Isenhower 87
3. Ashley Berra 86
5. Lizzy Simonin 85

Hello Again
Memphis meets UCF for the second time this season after Kylie Davis’ golden goal netted the Lady Tigers a 2-1 victory in the regular season matchup. The U of M is 9-0-1 all-time when meeting a team in the C-USA Tournament after defeating that team in the regular season. The tie came in the 2006 season against UAB when the Lady Tigers lost on penalty kicks.

Defense Wins Championships
Since the 2007 season, the Lady Tiger defense has helped the U of M to an 89-5-6 record when opponents score one or fewer goals. In that same span, Memphis has 63 shutouts.

Three Is The Magic Number
When scoring three or more goals in a match, the U of M carries a 94-6-2 record all-time. Under Head Coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis is 73-3-2. In the past four seasons in which Memphis has five-straight championships, the record when scoring three or more goals is 39-0-2.

When We Were Young
Head Coach Brooks Monaghan has started seven or more underclassmen in all 18 matches this season, with four or more of those eight being freshmen. Overall, Memphis has seen 11 or more underclassmen in games thus far with season-high 22 seeing action against SEMO on Sept. 14.

Memphis is tied with three other schools as the second-youngest squad in all of NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer. Morehead State and Virginia Military Institute are statistically the youngest teams with four upperclassmen on their rosters. Memphis is tied with Washington State and Francis Marion for the second-fewest upperclassmen with five.

Roc-Tober
Since 2006, Memphis sports a 41-11-7 record in the month of October. In fact, the U of M has won 19 of its last 24 matches in October (15-4-5).

Facing Adversity
Going into the regular season finale at UAB, Memphis had scored four goals in the month of October. The U of M doubled the total with a 4-0 victory against the Blazers, but the eight goals in October is the fewest a Memphis team has scored. In between goals at UTEP and SMU, Memphis was kept off the board for 352:37. Freshman Christi Padget ended the skid with her first career goal in the second half at SMU. The current mark for fewest goals Memphis has scored in the month of October is nine in 2001.

Coach Brooks Monaghan
Since taking over the program in 2000, head coach Brooks Monaghan has compiled a record of 157-93-16 in 13 seasons. Monaghan has helped the program claim eight, 11-plus win seasons during his tenure. Below is a look at the milestone victories for Coach Monaghan.

Win # Date Opponent/Result
1 Aug. 25, 2000 San Francisco, 2-1
50 Oct. 23, 2005 Southern Miss, 5-1
100 Sept. 25, 2009 Southern Miss, 2-0
150 Sept. 10, 2012 SEMO, 5-0

Monaghan has guided the Lady Tigers to an impressive 116-41-11 (.723) record since 2004. Since 2007, Memphis is 95-28-8 (.756).

Year W-L (Pct) C-USA (Pct)
2000 9-11-0 (.450) 3-8-0 (.273)
2001 5-13-1 (.289) 3-7-0 (.300)
2002 9-10-1 (.475) 5-5-0 (.500)
2003 5-10-3 (.361) 2-7-1 (.250)
2004 11-8-0 (.579) 5-5-0 (.500)
2005 12-7-0 (.632) 6-3-0 (.667)
2006 11-6-3 (.625) 6-2-2 (.700)
2007 17-4-1 (.795) 7-1-1 (.833)
2008 15-5-2 (.727) 8-2-1 (.773)
2009 16-7-0 (.696) 8-3-0 (.727)
2010 15-4-3 (.750) 7-1-3 (.773)
2011 22-1-1 (.938) 10-0-1 (.955)
2012 10-7-1 (.583) 6-4-1 (.591)
Total 157-93-16 (.620) 106-60-11 (.630)

Tournament Streak
Memphis has won five-straight C-USA Tournament Championships. How many teams have accomplished such a feat? In NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer just eight programs have claimed five or more consecutive conference championships. Memphis and Boston University of the American East Conference carry the nation’s longest active championship streak. North Carolina holds the all-time record for consecutive tournament championships with 15 from 1987-2003. William & Mary (8, 1996-03), Notre Dame (7, 1995-2001), Florida (6, 1996-2001), North Carolina (5, 2005-2009) and Loyola (5, 2000-2004) have new company with Memphis having won a fifth-straight.

At the U of M, the Lady Tigers five-straight championships are a first by a women’s program and second for all sports. Men’s tennis won four-straight Metro Conference titles from 1976-80. Three other programs, Men’s Basketball (2006-2009), Men’s Track and Field (1957-60) and men’s gymnastics (1966-69) won four-straight titles.

Proceed With Caution
Memphis has been called for 13 yellow cards this season. NCAA rules state that when a player is called for a fifth, they must serve a one-game suspension. Currently, Christabel Oduro (4), Diamond Simpson (3), Taylor Isenhower (1), Madison Oyer (1), Natalia Gomez-Junco (1), Lucy Cunningham (1), Carly Cassady (1) and Marissa Duguay (1) have been issued yellow cards.

Connect
Make sure you follow Memphis Women’s Soccer on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MemphisWSoccer) and on Twitter (@MemphisWSoccer) for updates during games and throughout the season.


 

 

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