Lady Tigers Eye Fourth-Straight C-USA Tournament Title
Nov. 6, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Memphis women's soccer squad punched its ticket to the Conference USA Championship match for the fourth-straight season and will face 23rd-ranked UCF on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) televised live on CBS College Sports from the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Memphis freshman Christabel Oduro headed the ball in off a corner from C-USA Midfielder of the Year Vendula Strnadova in the 52nd minute to give the three-time defending C-USA tournament champions their return trip to the finals. Lady Tiger netminder Elise Kuhar-Pitters made two key saves in the match and let the Memphis defense do the rest of the work in the 1-0 victory over Houston on Friday.
UCF senior forward Kim Newsome took a ball at midfield and scored an unassisted goal at the 2:11 mark to give the Knights an early lead. It was Newsome's 10th goal of the season. Sophomore Nicolette Radovcic added a goal in the 29th minute off a rebound from All-Conference first-team midfielder Katie Jackson.
Memphis (14-3-3) and UCF (14-3-3) meet in the C-USA Championship match for the second-straight season and the third time in the last four seasons. Sunday's championship games will feature the two winningest programs in C-USA and among the Top 20 nationally, over the last four years. UCF and Memphis seniors have combined for 122 victories during their careers, with each team making three-straight NCAA appearances.
The winner of the championship match earns the C-USA Tournament Championship and also receives an automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The 64 team field for the 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship will be announced on Monday night.