Lady Tigers Receive No. 3 Seed in C-USA Championship
Oct. 31, 2006
DALLAS - After posting the best conference record in program history, the Memphis women's soccer team is looking to carry the momentum of its three match-winning streak into the first round of the Conference USA Tournament on Wednesday where it will face on East Carolina at 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers (10-6-2, 6-2-1 C-USA) received the No. 3 seed in the tournament after finishing third in the C-USA standings. Memphis' 6-2-1-conference record is the its best ever, topping last season's 6-3 mark. The third seed is also the highest position the team has had going into a conference tournament.
"We're really excited about how we did in the conference schedule," said Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan. "We were picked to finish fourth and we beat those expectations so I'm proud of that. Now we just have to turn our attention to the task at hand, and trying to win this week."
This is the third consecutive year that Memphis has made the C-USA Tournament, and its fourth time in seven years. Now the Lady Tigers are looking for the opening round win that has eluded them on their last four trips.
"I think it's wide open," said Monaghan. "We're healthy and in good shape coming in, and now we just have to compete and let the chips fall where they may."
Memphis and East Carolina met earlier this season when the two squads battled to a 1-1 draw on at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Senior Geneil Newbern put Memphis up 1-0 with a goal 31 minutes in, but ECU's Jessica Swanson tied the match just 26 seconds later.
Since that contest, the Lady Tigers have gone on a tremendous run winning six of eight matches to claim their third place finish.
Should Memphis win tomorrow it would tie its second highest win total ever, trailing only last season when the Lady Tigers recorded 12 wins.